Course Overview - MSc in Accounting and Finance Validation HETAC Requirements Primary Honours Degree in an Accounting & Finance related discipline or a postgraduate related qualification and/or experiential learning. Duration 1 Year Full-time/ 2 Years Part-time Apply Directly at www.gcd.ie/apply
This MSc in Accounting & Finance Programme is aimed at students with a good command of English and a primary degree at honours 2:1 level or above, or an appropriate postgraduate qualification in an accounting or finance discipline.
The three Stages, which accumulate towards the final award, are: Stage 1 and 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting & Finance Management Stage 3: MSc dissertation in Accounting & Finance Management
Stages Full Time Part Time Stage 1 One semester full-time Two semesters part-time Stage 2 (PG Diploma) One semester full-time Two semesters part-time Stage 3 (MSc) 16 weeks full-time Up to 6 months part-time Stage 1 - Five taught modules: • Corporate Responsibility • Information Technology Management • International Business Policy and Strategy • Organizational Risk Management • Strategic Human Resource Management • International Financial Standards (Bridging course) Stage 2 - Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance Management Six taught modules: • International Financial Management • Globalization • Corporate Reporting • Business Research Methods Choice of Electives: • Advanced Taxation • Performance Management • Tax Planning • Corporate Financial Management • Audit and Assurance • Forensic Accounting • Strategic Performance Measurement Systems Stage 3 - MSc in Accounting and Finance Management MSc Research Dissertation Additional Management Elective Choice of Electives: • International Operations Management • International Marketing Management • Business Planning and Entrepreneurship Stage 4 - MBA (Optional) 1. The MBA direct programme requires the student to have or to obtain a minimum of two years management experience. Those who have acquired an appropriate range of management competencies, as assessed by the submission of their management competency report, may choose to write an MBA instead of an MSc dissertation and thus complete their MBA in approximately 12 months full-time/two years part-time 2. Those students, with no such prior experience who have completed their MSc, may subsequently, normally within a two year period, submit, with mentor supervision, two reports based on experiential learning experience in the workplace. The successful completion of these reports enables them to replace their MSc qualification with an MBA.
Many students embarking on this Masters in Finance and Accounting programme will already be in employment in a business or management capacity and this programme will give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to enhance their current positions or seek more senior roles within their own organisations or elsewhere.
No matter which programme you pursue in the Graduate Business School you will be well prepared for numerous specialist and general roles in international business management:
Industry Sectors • Consulting
• IT/Telecomms Services
• Investment Banking
• Retail Industry
• HR Management
Students can also progress on to Stage Four - MBA:
Those graduates without such prior experience, who have completed their MSc, may subsequently, normally within a two year period, submit, with mentor supervision, two reports based on experiential learning. On successful completion, students are able to replace their MSc qualification with an MBA.
Along with the Application Form, you are also required to send supporting documentation to the Admissions Office.
The following is the checklist of required supporting documentation: STEP 1: University/Third-Level transcripts in respect of your studies to date (undergraduate and postgraduate) STEP 2: C.V/Resumé STEP 3: Photo ID, e.g. copy of Driver's Licence, Passport etc. STEP 4: Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC)
You are also advised to include the following items as they will strengthen your application and give us a more complete overview of your profile:
- Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
- Two reference letters, preferably one academic reference and one professional reference.
When the Application Form and supporting documentation are received, the application will be assessed and if everything is satisfactory, you will be issued with an Offer Letter by the Admissions Office confirming your place in the College.