Course Title: Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
Applicants should hold an honours bachelor degree (minimum of 2.2 honours or better) in a discipline other than accounting. Due to competition for places on the programme, firm offers will be made to candidates on an 2.1 or higher and offers will be made to 2.2 graduates should there be places available.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate courses satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the course of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific courses.
Applications are invited for this intensive one year full time conversion course for non-accounting graduates wishing to pursue a career as professional accountants.
Holders of the award receive significant examination exemptions from the main professional accountancy bodies operating in Ireland and will be well prepared for the latter stages of their programmes. (Details of exemptions will be found in the relevant accounting body’s literature or website.)
Who Should Apply?
Aimed at non-accounting graduates wishing to pursue a career as professional accountants. Those successfully completing this programme gain attractive exemptions from the examinations of the main accounting bodies operating in Ireland.
Graduates of the PgDip Accounting get a full exemption from CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1) examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland subject to performance in specific modules in the programme. Graduates also get exemptions from modules F1 to F9 inclusive of the ACCA syllabus, the maximum exemptions allowable, subject to performance in specific modules in the programme.
Following appropriate training, most graduates pursue careers as professional accountants (either practising or in industry/commerce) with a wide range of professional services companies and government bodies including:
- Grant Thornton
- Revenue Commissioners
- Civil Service
- Bank of Ireland
- State Street
- Financial accounting
- Management accounting
- Business information systems
- Business Law
- Financial management
- Management science
- Assessment by written examination
Up to 20 hours per week
I have found the course really interesting and it has complemented my previous business knowledge which was what I was looking for as I wanted to merge the financial side business with business strategy. The classes are fast paced, but if you are ever stuck or unsure the lecturers are always willing to go back over something or to meet with you. Although I came from a Business background many of my friends in the course came from lots of different degrees but have found the transition easy and manageable! I would highly recommend this course, its a steep learning curve but it is one that you will reap the rewards from.
My first weeks in TU Dublin were daunting to say the least, having never undertook an accounting module in any of my previous studies or at leaving certificate level, the clear scale of what I had undertook had begun to settle in. I decided it was best to voice these concerns with one of the lecturers and was immediately reassured that not only had I the capabilities to successful complete the course, but also that I would have the unwavering support from the lecturers to help me step by step along the way. Coming from large lecture halls with often two hundred plus students in my undergraduate studies, to small class based learning, was something I noted as beneficial from the beginning. The hands on teaching approach lecturers undertake in TU Dublin is one which I believe lays the foundations for each student to achieve. The teaching team as a whole are focused and motivated. My studies have not only been interesting and stimulating, but motivating.