CPA Ireland and DIT College of Business have joined together to launch, for the first time in Ireland- MSc in Applied Accountancy

11 July 2017

Students, from September 2017 can study for a level 9 Masters Degree and their Professional qualification at the same time, the programme also provides students with full time jobs with approved employers while they are studying.

Speaking at the launch of the new course, Deirdre Kiely, CPA Ireland President said; “This Masters in Applied Accountancy is the only combined level 9 Masters Degree and Professional Accounting Programme available in Ireland. There is significant demand for qualified accountants across a range of sectors, so it is a great time to be entering the profession. DIT’s exceptional state of the art facilities and CPA’s commitment to the support of its students and members ensures the best student experience possible. This new joint qualification gives students an alternative route to be becoming a qualified accountant while addressing the needs of employers’.


The new MSc in Applied Accountancy launched by DIT and CPA Ireland has been developed following extensive consultation with employers, students and academics. The programme will cover technical accountancy topics including Audit, Taxation, Corporate Reporting and Corporate Finance but will also provide a broader educational base. Employers identified the need for critical thinking and improved professional and personal development skills such as communication and presentation skills in new entrants to the profession.  With the inclusion of modules in ‘Communications and Professional Development’ and ‘Information Systems’  as well as providing both classroom based learning and work experience based learning, the programme has been designed specifically to equip students with the exact skills sought by employers.

Representing DIT was Margaret Fitzsimons, Head of the School of Accounting and Finance ‘''We are honoured to collaborate with CPA Ireland in developing this unique Masters in Applied Accounting.  CPA Ireland are renowned for supporting business needs through its internationally recognised qualification and we are delighted to partner with them in creating this innovative masters which will give students the opportunity to work and study whilst ultimately obtaining a masters and admission to CPA Ireland as members.''

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