About This Program

Keep your skills viable and in sync with the latest trends in the field of accounting!  Straddle the two worlds of information systems and management accounting in this unique and challenging postgraduate degree program.

You may qualify to enroll in this conversion program if your undergraduate degree is unrelated to finance or accounting.  And to ensure that students make the most of what they've learned in lectures, this program has a mandatory 6-month industrial internship.

MIMAS for short, this program is the only master’s level course in Ireland that focuses on both accounting and information systems.

And because the course content is tailored to industry requirements, graduate placement opportunities in Ireland are excellent in terms of the profile of the companies, the international scope, and full-time positions open to students upon graduation.

If you haven't made up your mind where to launch your career in international business and entrepreneurship, consider studying in Ireland for your postgraduate studies.

Course Delivery

You can expect an average of 25 contact hours per week (i.e. lectures/practical sessions).  The remaining hours may be spent researching and finishing projects and assignments in addition to any part-time work you may have.

This course consists of:

  • Traditional classroom-based lectures;
  • Series of computer practical sessions;
  • Seminars and tutorials in a variety of subjects;
  • Industrial site visits;
  • Guest lectures;
  • case studies;
  • 6-month industrial internship

Your assessment will be made from:

  • End-of-the-year written examinations;
  • Individual and group assignments and projects;
  • Applied group research project;
  • Group presentations to leading industry experts.

National and international placement opportunities for the 6-month internship requirement are available as this MSc in Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems or MSc MIMAS program enjoys an international reputation for the caliber of UCC's students.  University College Cork has strong relationships with placement companies and employers in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and the United States.


The employment record of the degree is excellent, and depending on your previous work experience and background, you may look forward to pursuing careers as a Business Analyst, Management Accountant or information systems professional.

If you intend to follow an accounting career, you should consider progressing through the professional accounting exams.  Check the following professional bodies:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland;
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants or CIMA.

Learning Outcomes

With an introduction to business intelligence and data analytics, you will acquire the skills to steer organizational performance and allow you to:

  • Demonstrate more advanced and important communication skills.
  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Analyze management information needs to plan, design and develop the appropriate process automation and business intelligence solutions.  This is to support the operations of modern organizations;
  • Monitor financial health, analyze historic data to predict  to future trends, and budget and forecast to support managerial decision-making;
  • Design and build information systems from a process, database and user interface perspective.

Course Outline

Course Code : CKL05

College : Business and Law

Duration : 15 Months Full-time

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 a Second Class Honours degree with a GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 except if you graduated from a program with high levels of software development and management accounting content (e.g. BSc Business Information Systems, BSc Accounting). 
    • You may still be admitted if you don't meet the above requirement if you have significant practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department.  In this situation, your admission to the program will be subject to the approval of the School of Business.


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 Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems program with IVC.

  • 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

Why Study in University College Cork

Cork - the city that has it all!

The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000.

Cork has a number of "sister cities" around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being "home from home".

Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.

As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep. According to National Geographic, you'll find one of the best walks in Cork!

UCC's main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What's more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole.  

Cork was also very proud to have been designated 'European Capital of Culture 2005', reflecting the strong tradition of music, art and theatre in the city.

Cork international airport is only 6 kilometres from the University. This allows for constant access to the international destinations and also highlights Cork itself as a globally attractive and exciting location.

UCC Facts and Figures.

If you intend to enroll in UCC especially in research, you would enjoy working with state of the art facilities and a hands-on approach to learning.  And as an applicant, you would be happy to know that UCC:

  • Offers a variety of programs, from undergraduate to Ph.D. courses - all for you to choose from;
  • Has more than 1,200 qualified academic faculty staff;
  • Ensures that students needs are looked after as UCC has a student union that acts as the representative body of the 15,000 plus students attending UCC. You will automatically be a member as your student levy will be part of your miscellaneous fees;
  • Has over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs.  There are also various clubs that center on a variety of activities such as academic, charitable, religious, creative arts as well as sports.  You'll never get bored and you'll enjoy opportunities to network;
  • Encourages its societies to engage in altruistic and humanitarian works such as raising funds for an orphanage in Cambodia and financial support for the Cork Hospitals Children's Club;
  • Established its own Accommodation and Student Activities Office that can provide you with advice and information on renting accommodation in Cork City;
  • Has impressive graduate statistics in that ninety percent (90%) of primary degree graduates are in employment or further study.


Aside from stylishly-furnished rooms that can accommodate 1,200 students, you may want to consider studying in University College Cork for the following reasons:

  • Favorable student visa process;
  • The Republic of Ireland is an English-speaking country. There's no need to learn a new language;
  • It is the Gateway to Europe for leading global companies. In fact 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies are located in Cork;
  • Your needs and rights will be protected. UCC's International Office was ranked 1st in Ireland and 3rd in the world with a 944% satisfaction rating.  UCC offers one of the best student support and careers service;
  • It was the 1st university in the world to be awarded the international Green Flag;
  • It was voted "Safest Campus in Ireland" by international students;
  • 87% of UCC's graduate are in employment;
  • Your degree is respected and recognized as UCC belongs to the top 2% of research institutions in the world;
  • Everything you need is only minutes from Cork City Centre:  accommodation, library, green campus, shops, restaurants and art gallery!

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