The programme is designed for top graduates who have majored in business, accounting and finance and who wish to pursue a career in accounting, corporate finance, management consulting, and taxation either within the profession or with local or multinational companies. Our focus is not just on the development of technical skills but also on the development of complex problem-solving, critical thinking and softer people skills in our graduates. Over the past five years, alumni of the Master of Accounting programme have consistently performed significantly better than the average in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
The Master of Accounting is the leading, longest-established accounting-specialist Master’s degree in Ireland. It has been widely recognised for the quality of its graduates and the accelerated career trajectory that they take, both within Ireland and internationally. Our alumni have gone on to become partners in the Big Four accounting firms or CEOs/CFOs in publicly-listed companies. Consequently, its outstanding reputation is widely recognised within business circles.
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The Smurfit Experience
View our Video Gallery and Webinars On-Demand to gain a deeper insight into our programmes and the student experience. These videos and webinars provide valuable and practical insight as you consider your Business Masters options.
Smurfit Masters Virtual Open Day June 2021
Admissions Virtual Drop In Sessions
Scholarships and Awards
- The PricewaterhouseCoopers Des Hally Gold Medal is awarded to the top student on the course. The late Prof. Des Hally was Professor of Accounting and founded the course.
- UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD Masters programme.