Accounting and Finance COURSES

Master of Science (MSc) in International Accounting & Finance

Overview

Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award Level: Level 9 (Masters Degree)
Title of Award: Master of Science in International Accounting & Finance
Award Type:  Major 
Duration: Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years
Suited to: Accounting & Finance Graduates

Aims of the Programme

Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of International Financial Reporting Standards and the shortage of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. The speed and significance of recent reforms have led to a demand for Masters level education which reflects these developments and facilitates transition.
The MSc in International Accounting and Finance is designed to equip you with a high standard of knowledge in the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of accounting and finance. In today’s fast paced business world, competition is fiercer than ever, and well qualified graduates in accounting and finance are recognised as having the knowledge and skills necessary to deal innovatively with the many challenges occurring in industry, financial institutions and public services.

Key Features of the Programme

The structure of the Dublin Business School’s MSc in International Accounting and Finance focuses on accounting and finance from a global perspective. It is distinctive from other Accounting Masters programmes in that:

  • International aspects of accounting and finance are at the core of the programme.
  • The content reflects current developments in accounting and finance and thus students will gain a knowledge and skill base which is relevant to the needs of employers.
  • The Department of Accounting and Finance provides a thriving internationally focused atmosphere – we have students from across the globe.
  • Students are given training in information gathering and research in accounting and finance.

These skills will be useful for a career in business and commerce.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in International Accounting & Finance and associated stream are:

  • A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in a level 8 Business degree from a recognised third level institution with accounting and/or finance as a main component, or 
  • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum english language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).



Programme Content

The MSc in International Accounting & Finance programme has the following content at stages 1 & 2.

Stage 1
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • International Financial Reporting 
  • Quantitative Applications for Finance
  • Personal & Professional  Development 
  • Research Methods 1
  • Research Methods 2
  • Advanced International Financial Reporting 
  • Strategic Performance Management
  • Treasury & Risk Manangement 
Electives (Choose 1)
  • Corporate Governance & Global Accounting Issues 
  • Operation & Governance of Financial Markets
 
Stage 2 MSc Award
  • Dissertation





Structure

The programme is structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus.

Full-time

For full-time students, the taught component consists of 10 modules: Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the dissertation stage.

Part-time

For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over 4 taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.


Career Opportunities

Today’s career opportunities have moved well beyond the traditional spheres of accounting, taxation and auditing. They include such diverse possibilities as investment analysis, management consultancy, risk management, corporate governance, strategic financial management and public sector finance. The role that graduates of the programme would be expected to play are essentially strategic, analytical and planning with strong financial technical skills essential to the job.

Fees

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career.

Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Fee Structure at DBS

The course fees for the next academic year are €7,900 full-time or €4,950 per annum part-time for Masters programmes.  This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations. Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. You can download our DBS fee information sheet for more information or contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Science (MSc) in International Accounting & Finance.  As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation.
  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English
  • Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business
  • Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.
  • In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:
  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport
  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional applicationprocedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residencyin Ireland:
  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 
  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
  • Academic documents  
  • Academic transcripts 
  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) 
  • A Curriculum Vitae 
  • References from your employer/school/college 
  • A statement of purpose
  • A copy of your passport

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in International Accounting & Finance and associated stream are:

  • A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in a level 8 Business degree from a recognised third level institution with Accounting and/or Finance as a main component, or
  • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum english language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

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