If you are interested in Accounting, but your undergraduate degree is not accounting-related then this programme will fast track you to becoming a professional accountant. This is a 1-year intensive conversion course designed so as to mirror in terms of standard and complexity the critical areas of the accounting syllabi of a 3-year undergraduate accounting programme.
Graduates will, on successful completion of the programme, have entitlement to CAP1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland. Successful graduates also have exemption from LW, PM, TX, FR and FM of the ACCA professional examinations, and equivalent exemptions from other Accounting Bodies. Graduates are very well placed to enter the work force as a trainee accountant with just two sets of professional exams required to complete to qualify as a chartered accountant. Successful graduates from the programme will have an option of enrolling for the 1-year Masters in Accounting at Maynooth University, the successful completion of which, will enable them to qualify for exemption from a further level of examinations (CAP 2) of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Please check out the Postgraduate Open Day Page for details on our upcoming open days and postgraduate information and resources shared at previous open days which includes information on Fees, Funding, Scholarships and Student Life.
What do our graduates say?
Completing the Higher Diploma in Accounting at MU was pivotal to my career. I applied for a training contract in each of the top 4 accountancy firms prior to completing the HDip. in MU, however I was unsuccessful in even getting an interview. Fast forward one year and not only was I asked to interview but I received offers from the same firms. The only difference was completing this course. The course content along with the support of staff gave me the knowledge and confidence to take the next step in my career. I would recommend anyone contemplating a career in accounting or finance to consider this course.” Karen Murray, Senior Financial Analyst, Horizon Therapeutics plc.
Open to students with a 2.2 undergraduate degree in any subject. No prior knowledge of accounting is required. Applicants must have a recognised degree which is considered equivalent to an Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University TOEFL code is 8850
Course Duration - 1 year Full-time
Modules are timetabled Monday to Friday. For details on module overviews, learning outcomes, teaching and learning methods and assessment please visit Course Finder.
On completion of the programme graduates will be able to:
- Understand the principles of financial accounting and the main business and accounting structures
- Understand and be able to apply the principles of double entry book–keeping
- Be able to prepare a set of accounts
- Understand the principles of financial management
- Have the knowledge and skills to deal with most routine issues in personal income tax and vat
- Have an understanding of the impact of law on business
Applications for all Maynooth University postgraduate programmes must be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Helpful information and guides to making an application, uploading documents, and accepting an offer are available at this link: How to apply.