Master of Arts Accounting

Master of Arts in Accounting

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This course is a challenging one-year taught programme aimed at preparing business graduates for entry into the accountancy profession. The programme earns generous exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland, in that they gain exemption from the CAP 2 series of examinations, and from CPA Ireland, who offer graduates exemptions from 11 out of the 15 examination papers through their FastTrack programme.

There will be a relatively small number of students on the programme. This will enable you to gain outstanding support from lecturers. Full-time study enables you to develop a real depth of knowledge without the pressure of work.

If you have a degree in accounting or a general business with an accounting specialisation and would like to pursue a career in accounting, then this programme has been designed with you in mind.

International Students: We are delighted to welcome international students to our MA in Accounting. Please direct all such queries to

Scholarships of €1,000 to maximum of €3,000 may be awarded based on academic achievement, personal statement outlining exceptional achievements, student ambassador programme, alumni scholarship and sibling scholarship to Non-EU students who apply through International Office or Country Advisors for TUS campuses.

International TUS alumni who wish to apply for a taught master’s may qualify for €3,000 reduced fee scholarship. More information is available from the International Office.

What will I experience?

On the programme, students will share experiences and knowledge to maximise learning. AIT has an outstanding record of staff/student engagement which creates a brilliant learning environment.

The programme is intensive with a strong emphasis on self-directed learning.

Modules concentrate on the core accounting modules: management accounting, financial reporting, auditing, taxation and financial management. Students also undertake case studies which involve real-life scenarios incorporating different aspects of accounting.

There is no requirement to complete a dissertation. However, a small project is undertaken.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Most of our graduates initially pursue a career in an accounting practice rather than industry. The majority gain employment with the Big 4 firms.

The vast majority qualify as accountants within 2 years upon graduation and can expect to rise to more senior executive level, in private industry, in the public and private sectors, and in education.

AIT has developed very strong links with accounting practices across the country and the reputation of our past graduates is excellent and we have no doubt future graduates will achieve similar recognition.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr Trevor Prendergast

Head of Department,

Accounting and Business Computing


Tel: (090) 647 1857

Course Details

Course Fees:
EU - €6,250
Course Duration:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

How to apply to this programme at TUS Athlone Campus:


Course Commencement Date:


Course Award:
Master of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing
Minimum Entry Requirements:

2.1 Level 8 degree in a cognate area

Student Testimonial

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BA in Accounting Graduate - Joy Salaja

"To anyone considering a career in accounting, I'd say go for it! Once you get your degree, the world is your oyster", Joy Salaja, Head of Accounting, EY Global Fusion

Course Structure

Year 1

Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance

Financial Strategy


Strategic Management Accounting


Integrated Case Studies

Personal and Professional Development

Research Methods

Careers & Opportunities

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