Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH407

CAO Points : 420

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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If you would like to pursue a career as a professional accountant and would like to obtain an understanding not only of financial and managerial accounting, but also how these fit into a business, this is the route for you.
  • Students gain an excellent foundation in the management of organisations, as well as in financial analysis and the measurement of performance.
  • Studying Business and Accounting together helps you develop an excellent set of technical accounting skills, coupled with a thorough appreciation of the world of business and management.
  • Accounting and finance need to support the implementation of a business strategy to create and capture value for and from customers. The Business element of this degree gives students an appreciation of the core functions of a business and how they interact to create and capture value.

See COURSE STRUCTURE for more information about training to become a professional accountant.

Accounting is taken jointly with Business for the 3 years of the programme.

Some students may choose to take an internship year between 2nd and 3rd year (subject to availability), and graduate after 4th year.

  • 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 BBS Business and Accounting, you will be exempt from the first level of these professional examinations (CAP 1 examinations from Chartered Accountants Ireland and equivalent examination papers from 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.
  • You will have the option of taking a four year degree with a work placement or study year abroad, thus combining what you learn in university with insights into industry or another culture.
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

While graduates are likely to be primarily focused on a professional accountancy qualification, this programme prepares students for a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors, and in many industries. Graduates have successful and rewarding careers in accounting, banking, the financial services sector as well as financial research and teaching.
Both the School of Business and the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting offer a range of postgraduate programmes including:
  • MA in Accounting (CAP2 exemptions)
  • MSc in Strategy and Innovation
  • Higher Diploma in Professional Accounting

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

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

Mature student applicants are 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 application, written assessment and/or interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. 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 2021.
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 the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 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.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
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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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