Connect with us

About This Program

Do you want to start a new career in Accounting but don't know where to start?

Enroll in this postgraduate conversion program in Accounting of University College Cork created specifically for individuals who want to work as accounting professionals, in Ireland and internationally. 

And if you are nervous about the prospects of a career post-graduation, don't be.  With an accounting placement of up to five months or 20 weeks, you'll get sufficient time to practice what you've learned during lectures, projects and papers.

CONSIDER Studying in IRELAND if you haven't made up your mind on where to begin a career overseas.

Course Delivery

This MSc International Accounting Practice program is comprehensive and requires significant student participation and engagement.  You will be required to:

  • Participate in Induction Week;
  • Sit through lectures for 9 taught modules over two semesters;
  • Undergo 20 credits for accounting placement.

This course consists of traditional classroom-based lectures across two semesters.  You may have to spend up to three hours preparing and studying for each hour of lectures.

Your assessment will be made from:

  • Formal, end-of-semester written examinations;
  • Individual and group presentations;
  • Case-study analysis;
  • In class examination;
  • In class contribution.


Upon completion of the MSc International Accounting Practice, you can expect to have excellent career prospects in an accounting role, with a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Accounting practice;
  • Industry;
  • Financial services;
  • Not-for-profit and the public sectors.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to acquiring technical skills in accounting and business analysis, this MSc International Accounting Practice program also offers academic credits to prepare you for professional examination.

You also get to develop key competencies to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Identify, clarify, evaluate and manage business and financial risk in organisations;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of Accounting Practices in the financial management of business entities.

Course Outline

The MSc International Accounting Practice program is delivered by a combination of UCC academic staff and invited guest speakers.   You'll be in good hands as the academics are experts in their field, holding PhDs and/or have significant industry or professional experience.  A number of them also hold relevant professional accounting qualifications.

These are the modules for the MSc in International Accounting Practice program:

  • Principles of Cost Management
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting, Governance and Control in Organisations
  • Financial Reporting for Business Entities
  • Taxation 1
  • Consolildated Financial Statements
  • Auditing
  • Taxation 2
  • Financial Management and Business Ethics
  • Placement

Course Info

Course Code : CKL43

College : Business and Law

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€). 

Student Contribution Charge 3,000
Capitation Fee 165
International Tuition Fee 18,000

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included.  

You may have to estimating living expenses such as insurance, rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health, books and materials.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 10, 2018.

IVC will be accepting applications only until APRIL 5, 2018.  This 5-month preparation period includes, among others:

  • Review by the UCC department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your education bond;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

It is important to apply early as this course may be over-subscribed. Please note the following protocol:

  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. You will be given priority over later applicants.
  • If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list or your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.
  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two month to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation, insurance, pay your tuition fee, and process your education bond.  The next three months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. You must have attained at least 2H2 studies with a GPA of 3.25 out of 4.00 or NFQ Level 8 equivalent.  


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Share your inquiry about this MSc International Accounting Practice program  with IVC.

  • A Personal Statement with a minimum of 200 words.
  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 20; Reading 18.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.
  • You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:
    • Official academic transcripts
    • Graduation diploma or certificate
    • Photocopy of your birth certificate or passport
    • Professional references
    • Other official documents related to academic/professional non-degree qualification(s)
    • Curriculum Vitae

Got a question? Let us know - we're here to help.

ICEF logoPIER logoANZCHAM logoBritish Council logo