Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH403

CAO Points : 400

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Accounting is the language of finance and business. Accountants compile, analyse, interpret and communicate essential information about the operations of a business – whether that business be a small firm, a publicly traded corporation or an NGO (non-governmental organisation). 
To become a professional accountant, you need to successfully complete three levels of professional exams as well as on the job training. If you successfully complete the BA Accounting and Finance you will be exempt from the first level of these professional examinations (CAP 1 examinations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and equivalent examination papers from the ACCA, CIMA and CPA professional accounting bodies).
If you complete the Masters in Accounting at Maynooth, you will be exempt from the second level of these examinations. You will then only have to take one level of professional exams and complete on the job training to qualify as an accountant. No other accounting programme can get you to your end goal any faster!
Our Accounting Group were delighted with their success at the Irish Accountancy Awards 2017 being declared winners of the Excellence in Education and Training category.  The award recognises excellence in the delivery and development of knowledge and skills in the Accountancy Profession.

Accounting is the major element of your degree, studied with Finance and Economics. In 2nd and 3rd year you study Accounting, Finance, Law and the parts of Economics important to Finance.

1st year
  • 22.5 credits of Accounting
  • 15 credits of Economics
  • 7.5 credits of Mathematical Studies
  • 7.5 credits of Critical Skills 
  • Continue with 7.5 credits of Critical Skills or continue with 7.5 credits of Mathematical Studies in the 2nd semester
2nd and Final year
  • You study Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Taxation, Finance, Law and the parts of Economics important to Finance.
  • Some students may choose to take an internship year between 2nd and 3rd year, and graduate after 4th year.
Course Duration: 3 years or 4 years BA

While graduates of MH403 are particularly well placed to pursue a professional accountancy qualification, our accounting programmes prepare students for a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors, and in every industry.
Typical career options include accountant in practice/industry, finance director, managing director, management consultant, liquidator/receiver, financial analyst, stockbroker, tax consultant, treasury consultant and teacher.
We also currently offer the following postgraduate courses:
  • MA in Accounting
  • MA in Finance
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students


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