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What will I learn?

A blended teaching approach characterised by varied in-class methods (lectures, seminars, case studies and guest speakers from industry) provides a balance between theoretical learning and applied skills development.

The programme develops the necessary skills and knowledge to analyse business strategy and how business works, provide the relevant information required for business and strategic decisions, integrate the "people side" of numbers, and manage successful strategy implementation.

The programme develops your knowledge of IFRS accounting standards and how they are applied in practice. It integrates this material with sophisticated financial statement analysis skills.

The programme is made up of a number of modules including advanced financial reporting and consolidation, risk management systems, performance measurement and management, strategic corporate finance and management control systems.

By the end of the programme students will have advanced accounting and financial management skills.

How will I benefit?

  1. Students will be taught at the beautiful UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School located in a bespoke campus in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Students will join a dynamic international environment with more than 60 nationalities represented at the School.

  2. Successful completion of the course corresponds to an extensive knowledge base in the areas of accounting and finance management, backed by a vital set of technical, analytical and personal skills.

  3. Graduates will demonstrate a firm grasp of the tools and techniques for measuring and managing business performance, financial reporting and analysis, and financial management.


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Please be advised that modules listed are indicative and subject to change.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.

The Masters in Accounting and Financial Management (MSC AFM) programme in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is aimed at pre-experience graduate students with a background in business to prepare them for a career in accounting or financial management.  The purpose of the programme is to develop the accounting and financial management skills of business graduates who may not have specialized in accounting and financial management in their degrees and now want a career in this area. The programme meets the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 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 financial management and to able to apply that knowledge in business situations. The more technical elements of the programme are combined with the study of organizational behavior strategy and governance so that students can take a broad approach to solving business problems (education and subject/discipline/professional values).  Module content will reflect technical accounting and financial management knowledge, taught in the context of real-world business problem-solving situations. 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. There is also a strong emphasis on the use of technology in business (the nature of the learning environment).  This programme provides a balance between theoretical learning and applied skills development. Top-class faculty and highly regarded expert practitioners ensure the academic rigor and real-life relevance of the course content. Teaching, learning and assessment approaches include, lectures, workshops and seminars. Assessment comprises (i) a mixture of individual and group assignments, (ii) together with end-of-semester examinations. Three optional Summer-school modules provide an opportunity for students to explore areas of interest such as project management, finance and accounting technology. (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goals:

Programme Learning Outcomes:

Programme Goal 1:
Our graduates will be current in their knowledge of the theory and practice of accounting and financial management.

Programme Learning Outcome 1a:
Critically appraise the theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the fields of accounting and financial management

Programme Learning Outcome 1b:
Employ accounting and financial management in addressing financial and information problems faced by businesses.

Programme Goal 2:
Our graduates will appreciate the importance of the broader business environment in developing solutions to accounting and financial management problems.

Programme Learning Outcome 2a:
Critically appraise the theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the fields of strategy, organizational behaviour and governance.

Programme Learning Outcome 2b:
Critically evaluate the strategic and social context of business problems and appraise solutions in the light of that environment.

Programme Goal 3:
Our graduates will be current in their knowledge of information technology and how it is applied in accounting and financial management.

Programme Learning Outcome 3a:
Critically evaluate information technology-based solutions to business problems.

Programme Goal 4:
Our graduates will be able to comment critically on the organizational and governance context in which financial decision making is undertaken.

Programme Learning Outcome 4a:
Demonstrate an understanding of diverse corporate governance and organizational structures

Programme Learning Outcome 4b:
Appreciate the impact of ethical considerations on individual and collective financial decision making.

Programme Goal 5:
Our graduates will possess the ability to become effective team players as their career develops.

Programme Learning Outcome 5a:
Engage in collaborative learning by completing business projects and assignments in teams.


Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

Being the first and only programme of this kind in Ireland, ICD is an innovative research-driven and theory-based intercultural professional development training programme which aims to help you to stand out among the crowd by developing your Key 21st-Century Skills. These skills are valued by companies, NGOs and governments around the world who operate internationally, together with national companies and organisations who employ and serve an increasingly diverse population. The ICD programme will strengthen your CV and give you an edge over graduates from other Business programmes in the global job market.

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Global Leadership Programme (GLP)

Our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of cocurricular activities i.e. development activities outside the modules you take on the Master's programme.

It's all about helping you become an impactful leader with a global mindset. This optional programme is designed to build your capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. When it comes to seeking employment and attending job interviews, the GLP will help give you an edge over other similarly qualified candidates and will considerably strengthen your CV.

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