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Masters in Accounting

Masters in Accounting
Course Type
Masters Degree
Course Category
Accountancy & Taxation
Programme Code
CAO Codes
Duration Type
Full time
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The Masters in Accounting at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

This intensive one-year full-time Masters in Accounting programme is aimed at graduates with an educational background in business, accounting and finance who are seeking a course that will help them succeed in the accounting profession.

In total approximately 20 students start the course every September, with applications closing in mid to late August.

Applicants must have a recognised honours degree (2:2 or higher) in an Accounting/Finance related programme. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis with Applicants holding 1st class honours and 2.1 degrees being favoured over those with 2.2 awards.

Applicants should normally have gained exemption from CAP1 of the ICAI examinations.

Why should you study with us?

Professional Exam Exemptions
The programme offers exemptions from all of the papers in the CAP 2 Examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Excellent Value at €5,500

The course fees are €5,500, which is very reasonable compared to similar courses in other colleges.

One hour from Dublin and Belfast

Dundalk is reachable from Dublin and Belfast within 1 hour.
DkIT is ideally positioned for students who wish to commute by car (M1 motorway) , rail or bus. (An hourly bus service to and from Dublin is available from outside the college gate).

Small class groups and experienced, approachable lecturing team

Students can reach their full potential in this learning environment.

Innovative Aspects of this programme

  • Case Study module modelled on the FAE
    In addition to the core (exemption) subjects, the programme contains an important case study module (Business Strategy and Analysis) which is modelled on the final admitting examination (FAE) of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is assessed by open book examination. This means graduates of this programme are uniquely well prepared for this subject when they reach the FAE.

  • One week international Residential
    There is a residential for one week in either Ireland or Germany (alternate years) where students work in international teams to solve a business simulation game. Graduates have found this to be challenging, enjoyable and very beneficial. The cost of the residential is included in the course fee.

  • Dissertation
    Students have an opportunity to perform supervised research in an area of their choice, leading to a minor dissertation.

  • Guest Lecturers
    Recent visitors to the college included Bill Prafiska, Financial Services Ombudsman and Howard Millar, CFO of Ryanair, both of whom gave outstanding presentations which were very well received by students and staff.

Excellent Career Prospects

Graduates of this course are employed by a range of leading employers including Grant Thornton, PwC KPMG, and Ernst and Young. Grant Thornton have been very supportive of this programme and sponsor two significant prizes for the top students in Auditing and Business Strategy and Analysis.



To Apply

Please download the application form, using the following link and send it to :

Admissions Office, DKIT,Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth


Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number.


 Learners will take the following modules :

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting and Accountability;
  • Management Accounting Decision Making and Control;
  • Business Finance;
  • Auditing;
  • Advanced Tax;
  • Research Methods;
  • Dissertation;
  • Business Strategy and Analysis.

Applicants must have a recognised honours degree (2:2 or higher) in a Accounting/Finance related programme. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis - Applicants holding 1st class honours and 2.1 degrees will be favoured over those with 2.2 awards. Applicants should normally have gained exemption from CAP1 of the ICAI examinations. 

Progression Opportunities: 

Graduates achieving the required standard, on completing the Masters in Accounting will be exempt from the CAP2 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland and can progress directly to the Final Admitting Examination. 


Career Options: 

Accountancy  is a profession which is in demand regardless of whether the economy is in a boom or a recession. The demand for graduates from this programme is buoyant and upon completion candidates wishing to complete their accounting training generally have little difficulty in securing a contract with a good training firm.

Comments from a  graduate of the programme:

Pat McKenna graduated with the Masters in Accounting and Finance from DkIT in 2009 and qualified as a chartered accountant at his first attempt. He is currently an assistant audit manager with FPM Chartered Accountants. Speaking about his studies in DkIT he said, “The accounting degree in DkIT gave me a brilliant foundation for my career. I learned a great variety of skills from developing a business plan to all the tools I needed to help me to complete my accountancy exams.”



Recognition by Professional Bodies: 

Chartered Accountants Ireland

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