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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance Management


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

This programme is aimed at students with a primary degree at honours 2:1 level or above, or an appropriate postgraduate qualification in an accounting or finance discipline, who wish to continue their studies at postgraduate level in the area of Accounting and Finance.

Why Study Accounting & Finance at Griffith College?

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting & Finance Management programme is available on either a full or part-time basis over a 1-Year Period 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.
  • flexible study model gives students the option of either full-time or part-time study with the possibility of choosing their own elective modules.
  • Students have the opportunity to further their studies by progressing onto our MSc in Accounting and Finance Management or enrol on our MBA programme.
  • 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.

  • September 2019
  • February 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
Management Accounting and Control

This Module is concerned with the application of managerial accounting techniques and procedures to the solution of managerial planning, control, and decision-making in all functional areas of business. The module covers models of costing, budgeting and decision analysis which are instrumental to the effective use of accounting information in strategic and operational planning. By focusing on the thought process involved in analysing business situations, this module will provide learners with the ability to use accounting information to make strategic business decisions. Learners will develop modelling skills including quantitative methods of analysis while obtaining an understanding of management accounting theories, practices and their strategic application. 

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International Strategy

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development. It does this firstly at a fundamental level where conceptual understanding can be provided for and then places the concepts and tools within the complexities of undertaking business in different countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive toolbox of strategy making and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and human factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. This central aim of the module is consistent with the level of a Master’s programme. 

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International Financial Management
International Financial Reporting and Analysis

The aims of this module are to enable the learner 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. 

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Audit & Assurance

This module focuses on the legal and regulatory environment of the assurance and non-assurance engagement and the professional and ethical considerations. It also seeks to provide the learner with the ability to analyse, evaluate and conclude on an engagement in the context of best practice.

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Stage 2
Legal Environment and Corporate Governance
Strategic Managerial Finance

The module provides the learners with an understanding of strategic performance management principles. The module develops the learners’ 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. The module is designed to enable the learner to exercise professional judgement as expected of a financial executive in taking or recommending decisions relating to corporate re-organisation strategies. Learners also examine acquisitions and mergers as a method of corporate expansion. 

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Business Research Methods

This module initiates the preparation of learners for their Masters dissertation. It reviews business research in general and facilitates dissertation topic selection by the learner and guides their drafting of a preliminary critical literature review and the development of a conceptual framework. The will be further developed and proofed against the demands of an appropriate research design in the iterative process of proposal development. A significant element of the module is devoted to research design issues to ensure that learners understand the significance of the process of research and its implications for how trustworthy the findings from the research can be considered. This component of the course covers research paradigms, research strategies, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The importance of illustrating the process in reporting and presenting the research concludes the course. 

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Taxation (IRL)

To understand the principles of taxation and the main taxes within the Irish tax system. To develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills and exercise professional judgement in providing taxation information and advice to individuals and businesses on the impact of the major Irish taxes. The module develops the learners’ ability to apply professional knowledge and skills and exercise professional judgement in providing tax planning advice to individuals and businesses on the impact of the major Irish taxes on financial decisions. 

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International Tax Law

This module focusses on an analysis of principal features of the international tax law system, from the perspective of Irish and EU law. The course looks generally at the main theories, concepts and principles of international tax law and then more particularly at the main substantives areas of the subject such as principally public international law and taxation, the OECD Model Income Tax Convention and EC law as it affects member states’ tax systems. Thereafter the course examines important issues such as the different approaches to corporate income taxation, tackling international tax avoidance, international tax law as it applies to developing countries, and the issues in modifying established international tax rules to regulate e- commerce activity. 

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Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
Leadership and Management Development

This module examines the role played by leadership and management in organisations (commercial, public and voluntary) and in determining organisational culture. There are contested and competing views (both in theory and in practice) about management and leadership: what they are and about how leadership affects management. The main purpose of the module is to encourage learners to critically examine leadership and management models. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of new models, which allows consideration in how they might modify their own current or future leadership and management behaviours. It recognises the importance of continuous development in leadership and management roles.

e-Business and e-Marketing
Technology and Business Innovation
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.

How to Apply

Applicants can Apply Online Directly



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


EUR 7,150.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


EUR 7,150.00

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


EUR 9,000.00


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


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.


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.


Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the Postgraduate Diploma 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 Accountant
  • Audit Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Accounts Receivable Associate
  • Accounts Payable Associate
  • Finance Director
  • Investor Services Analyst
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Junior Management Accountant
  • Accounting Technician

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