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MSc in Accounting & Finance Management

MSc in Accounting & Finance Management

Overview

Progressive MSc course designed to prepare graduates for management careers in accounting and finance

This programme is aimed at Accounting and Finance graduates, with or without relevant business experience, and provides a flexible route to an internationally recognised qualification.

Why Study Accounting & Finance Management at Griffith College

Our MSc in Accounting & Finance Management programme is available on either a full or part-time basis and aims to prepare graduates for careers in International Accounting and Finance Management.

  • Students will advance their functional management competencies in finance and accounting.
  • Students will develop and refine transferable interpersonal and leadership skills which they can bring to the workplace
  • Students will gain the experience of working in culturally diverse teams across a multicultural environment promoting a greater understanding of different business settings and contexts.
  • Students have the opportunity to further their studies by enrolling on our MBA in International Business or gain up to 9 exemptions from any future ACCA, CPA or other examinations.
  • highly practical learning approach taught by a Graduate Business School lecturing team with outstanding industry experience.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • February 2020*
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

Every time I sat in class, I knew that I had made a right decision to come to Griffith, because the conversations we had were practical, academic, inspiring and life changing.

Simon Mulati
MSc in Accounting and Finance Management
Course details
Stage 1
Strategic Performance Management

This module provides learners with an understanding of key issues and methodologies relating to strategic management accounting. Learners will develop their ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and exercise professional judgment in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and to contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic development. Learners cultivate with an understanding of current developments and emerging issues to ensure they have an appreciation of how they might affect or influence the management of performance within organisations. 

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International Financial Reporting and Analysis

An accounting and finance graduate encounters various financial transactions in the work place.  They are expected to apply knowledge, skills and exercise appropriate judgement in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles and practices in a range of business contexts and situations. The aim of this module is the development and application of knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups, and how to analyse and interpret those financial statements. 

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Advanced Audit and Assurance

On the completion of this module, the learner knows how to apply knowledge, skills and exercise appropriate judgements in the analysis, evaluation and conclusion on the assurance and non-assurance engagement in the context of best practice and current developments in the field.  The module enables the learner to understand and apply the underlying laws, regulations and professional standards relevant to the assurance and non-assurance engagement. The learner can appreciate and reflect on the ethical and professional requirements of the accountant and auditor in selecting clients, performing assurance and non-assurance engagements and reporting on these engagements. 

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Law and Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance deals with the emergence of corporate governance requirements in developed capital markets. It gives learners the opportunity to learn the theoretical principles behind corporate governance and to examine its application in specific cases. The module looks at the divergence, which exists among the different corporate governance regimes, which operate around the globe with an emphasis on looking at a principle versus rules-based system. International practices along with specific national codes examined. 

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Stage 2
Strategic Financial Management

The module analyses and evaluates the main concepts in finance relevant to financial management decision making.  The module looks at macroeconomic variables such as interest rates and exchange rates in the context of financial and investment decision making.  The module also analyses some practical and applied questions in relation to derivative pricing and investment appraisal. The module develops the learner’s advisory skills in evaluating business financing options, managing financial risks and formulating appropriate investment decisions. 

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Research Methods

Within this module, learners develop an understanding of the nature, purpose and value of business and commercial research. The learner is guided on how to conduct a critical literature review using best practice in developing a critical approach. Through the module, workshops are provided covering the various primary data techniques. Learners develop a knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and understand how these can be usefully employed in carrying out a research dissertation. Learners can make a strong argument and defend their work in a professional manner. Learners are equipped with a well-developed research proposal, which then directs their dissertation research. 

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Business Consultancy and Analysis

The module develops learners’ strategic and critical thinking, integrating knowledge and skills from across the programme including financial, legal, audit and taxation modules within the broader organisational, strategic context. The module is designed to build the competencies needed to work in a professional environment, together with developing soft skills (namely teamwork, oral and written communication and IT skills). 

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Electives
Taxation (IRL)

The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s skills in interpreting, understanding and applying the principles and legislation governing the Irish taxation system.  The module provides learners with knowledge of the various reliefs and exemptions available to individuals and corporations (both single corporations and group corporations). 

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International Tax Law

This module analyses the principal features of the International Tax Law system, from the perspective of Irish and EU law.  The module looks generally at the main theories, concepts and principles of International Tax Law and then more particularly at the main substantive areas of the subject such as Public International Law and Taxation, the OECD Model Income Tax Convention and EC law as it affects Member States’ tax systems.  

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Digital Business

Centred on digital marketing and strategy, combined with trends that are shaping modern Ebusiness, this module explores how digital marketing fits in with the overall business strategy at a practical level. Learners acquire knowledge on how to plan and implement effective digital campaigns using digital assets at management level for accountable results.

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Portfolio Management

Portfolio management examines the continuous and systematic decision-making processes, which integrate several investment processes in a consistent manner to achieve the desired investment outcome. Its goal is to meet the underlying clients’ needs after due consideration to all relevant investment objectives and constraints.

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Managerial Economics

This module focuses on the subject of economics, with a strong emphasis on key macroeconomic and microeconomic principles, global trade, supply markets, competition and regulation.  At a microeconomic level, it develops a broad knowledge base and an in-depth understanding of the interconnectivity of economies and the impact this has in global trade and international business. The module increases the learners’ understanding of global and regional economies, of the economic cycle and of the interconnectedness and inherent tension in global trade and global business. 

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Regional Analysis

The aim of this module is for learners to analyse Asian markets from the perspective of investing firms. Learners assess the risks and benefits from such investment and the appropriate entry strategies for the market. All learners must investigate how to adapt and expand current business strategy for success, taking into account the intricacies of alternative approaches to internationalisation. 

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Leadership and Management Development

The module encourages learners to critically examine global leadership and management models. They are given the opportunity to consider models with which they are familiar, or of which they have had experience; to gain knowledge and understanding of new international models; to consider how they might modify their own current or future leadership and management behaviours; and to recognise the importance of continuous development in global leadership and management roles.  

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Research Dissertation
MSc Dissertation

The dissertation involves an in-depth exploration of a specialised area or issue central to accounting and finance management.  Drawing on substantial, relevant research, literature, concepts and techniques, learners seek to combine theory and practice. Learners are supported as they devise the research question or hypothesis, design and apply an appropriate methodology, critically review relevant literature and draw up the dissertation report and presentation.

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Timetables
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants normally must hold an approved honours degree in the field of accounting and finance or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary / professional institution.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of at least 6.5 in IELTS, 575 TOEFL or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL)

The Graduate Business School welcomes applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the MSc in Accounting and Finance Management programme. Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/ or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply directly on our website.

Applicants must normally hold an approved honours degree in the field of accounting and finance or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary/professional institution. Students with or without relevant business management experience are welcome to apply.

Fees

For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 9,500.00​

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 12,000.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

On completion of the Level, 9 MSc in Accounting & Finance Management students may progress onto a range of Level 10 Doctoral programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. The Postgraduate QQI validation means that your qualification is recognised not only in Ireland and Europe but throughout the world.

Career Progression

 Through the MSc in Accounting and Finance Management, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of communication and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Financial Analyst
  • International Banking
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Accounts Payable Accountant
  • Operational Risk Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Cost Accountant
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