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What will I learn?

The overall aim of the programme is to instill a systematic and rigorous knowledge of accounting and its related disciplines. Strong emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking, communication and team building skills that successful graduates will require to progress through professional training and gain rapid access to senior management positions in their future career. The programme provides:

A functional and technical level of competence above that demanded by professional accounting bodies’ professional syllabus, in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation.

Development of analytical and synthesis skills enabling graduates to apply the necessary accounting knowledge to comprehend and solve accounting problems.

The ability to use the required IT tools, decision-making and evaluation processes and professional development skills to report financial information effectively to businesses.

How will I benefit?

Successful completion of this programme provides graduates with a significant head-start in the accounting profession, due to the high level of academic rigour within the curriculum and the excellent reputation of the course in the eyes of recruiters.

A significant IT dimension to the curriculum encourages a full command of the tools required for the profession and nurtures a hands-on approach to learning within the classroom. It exposes students to the risks facing businesses today of cyber security and the necessary steps required to alleviate such risks.

The acquisition of knowledge and skills that meet the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examinations. For example, our Master of Accounting graduates perform consistently better in the Chartered Accountants Ireland final admitting examinations.

Curriculum

This rigorous course explores a wide range of theories and concepts and develops an array of technical skills in the areas fundamental to the accounting profession, as well as providing a vital stepping stone to graduates preparing for professional examinations. Knowledge acquisition is tested not only through examinations but also via case studies, whilst IT is used extensively throughout.

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Term

+ 1 option module

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+ 2 option modules

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is the leading, longest-established (since 1979) accounting specialist Masters degree in Ireland. The programme prepares students for leadership in the accounting profession and in business by equipping students with the necessary technical, analytical and personal skills for a successful career. The course also meets the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examination.

(Purpose)We aim to provide a learning environment that encourages our students to be well grounded in the principles and practice of accounting and able to explain technical knowledge required. Focusing on an ability to engage in problem identification and resolution demanded in the profession, our students are exposed to ethical considerations so that they learn to respond appropriately to such issues in the practice of accounting. Finally, students learn to effectively communication with all stakeholders using the appropriate media and presented in a professional manner (education and subject/discipline/professional values). Module content will reflect technical accounting knowledge, with a strong emphasis on the application of this knowledge to problem-solving scenarios. Insights from guest lectures from the accounting profession and the business world will enhance the learning experience and augment students knowledge and understanding of professional accounting issues and practices (the nature of the learning environment). Teaching, learning and assessment approaches include, classroom-based sessions led by accounting academics and practitioners, almost all of whom are professionally trained and qualified and extensive use of problem material and case studies consolidate classroom-based technical accounting knowledge learning.

Assessment comprises (i) a mixture of individual and group assignments, (ii) together with end-of-semester open-book examinations comprising five 3-hour examination papers each semester. Two Summer-school modules provide an opportunity for students to consider and reflect on more contemporary professional accounting issues. A minor dissertation is an alternative option to completing summer school modules (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

Programme Outcomes for Academic Year
Programme Goal 1: Technical knowledge of advanced professional accounting
Programme Goal 2: Apply technical knowledge of advanced professional accounting to solve complex business problems 
Programme Goal 3: Exercise judgement in complex advanced professional accounting scenarios
Programme Goal 4: Develop softer professional skills such as communication and personal development to complement technical knowledge of advanced professional accounting
Programme Goal 5: Development of ethical awareness
Display advanced technical skills in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation (PG1)
Critically appraise the theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the field of accounting (PG1)
Demonstrate an understanding of how information technology can be used to provide better and timely financial information to organisations (PG1)
Display knowledge of the impact of international issues on the accounting profession (PG1)
Apply advanced accounting technical skills and conceptual understanding to problems in accounting (PG2)
Integrate knowledge from different areas of accounting to develop solutions to problems (PG2)
Exercise judgement in making decisions (PG3)
Evaluate the impact of accounting decisions on different groups and on society as a whole (PG3)
Engage in effective communication (oral and written) on accounting and business issues (PG4)
Engage in self-directed learning and reflective learning to enhance their personal and professional development (PG4)
Develop ethical awareness from reflecting on case studies in a small-group teaching environment (PG5)

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