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International Accounting and Analytics (MSc)—Pathway B Spring Intake
For early–mid career accountants
Our programme responds to the recent 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey compiled by PwC which notes that ‘A lack of analytical talent is impeding data adequacy.’ The ICAS and FRC report on Auditor Skills in a Changing Business World (in 2016) also notes the importance of analytics skills for accountants and calls for educators to include practical courses on data interrogation and analytics. Our MSc in International Accounting and Analytics is the first programme of its kind in UK and Irish Universities to offer practical hands-on modules in audit analytics tools for accountants.
Advance your accounting career with the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics. Develop insights, and technical knowledge of tools and techniques for driving organisational performance, and understanding of corporate finance theory and practice. Gain an understanding of and expertise in accounting and business analytics through taught modules and our practitioner led Summer School.
This is an ideal master’s programme if you are already a qualified associate member with an IFAC member professional accountancy body (e.g. ICAI, ACCA, CPA Ireland, CIMA, Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICA India), CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan), CIPFA or other body deemed equivalent by the Programme Director) and looking to build your professional qualifications. This unique programme offers, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), exemption from 50% (45 credits) of the 90 credits for this taught master's course to fully exam-qualified accountants who have been admitted to full associate membership of the recognised professional accountancy bodies above.
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics MSc International Accounting and Analytics Merit Scholarship
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
- Summer School (i) Disruptive Technologies in Accounting & Finance
- Summer School (ii) Big 4 Practitioner Focussed
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
Dept. of Accountancy & Finance
Requirements and Assessment
Pathway B: for early-mid career accountants
Applicants are required to have completed all of the professional accounting examinations and to have been admitted as full members by a recognised professional accountancy body including the following: ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, CPA, ICAEW, ICAI, ICAS or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the academic programme director. A notarised cert of membership must be submitted before an application can be considered. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
This programme is designed to provide early and mid-career accountants with the skills and knowledge needed to engage with big data in a variety of roles in practice and industry.
Candidates who have completed all of the professional accounting examinations and have been admitted as full members by a recognised professional accountancy body including the following: ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, CPA, ICAEW, ICAI, ICAS or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the academic programme director, are eligible for consideration.
Pathway B: Full-Time (Jan-Aug, 7 months)
Pathway B: Part-Time (Jan-Aug, 14 months)
Next start date
Pathway B: January 2024
A Level Grades ()
15 Pathway (B)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Please view the offer rounds website.
Mode of study
Pathway B (full-time): MSC-MIAB
Why Choose This Course?
Recognising the importance of analytics skills for accountants, the recent ICAS and FRC report on Auditor skills in a changing business world (2016) called for educators to include practical courses on data interrogation and analytics. This MSc is the first programme of its kind in UK and Irish Universities to offer practical hands-on modules in audit analytics tools for accountants.
Our professional development programme which runs throughout the programme is designed to provide support for career development and offers a suite of career events, one-to-one career support and guest lectures from practice.
As a graduate of the MSc. in International Accounting and Analytics, you will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities in Accounting Practice, Industry, Management Consultancy and Financial Services.
You will have developed an understanding of cutting edge design and use of systems and processes to leverage best use of organisational data to facilitate performance management of business organisations. Coupled with your technical accounting skills you will be well positioned to work within the accounting function and management team to lead and manage organisations to achieve their strategic objectives.
Key features of the programme
The design and structure of this programme was motivated following consultation and advice from industry, professional bodies, accounting practitioners and regulators. This programme enables early to mid-career accountants advance their accounting careers, develop insights, and technical knowledge of tools and techniques for driving organisational performance. In addition to the core academic modules, students are exposed to a variety of learning technologies to develop their skills for practice and the global business environment, including:
- Internationally recognised
- KPMG-led Summer School on Audit and Accounting Analytics
- Disruptive Technologies in Accounting and Finance Summer School, via partnership with UI Path
- Guest lectures from expert practitioners
- Exposure to a range of data analytic tools
- The development of professional skills for the workplace
Sample of Recent Input in of Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes by:
Practitioner-focused skills workshops and lectures on developments in audit and accounting analytics
Site visit – life on the ground in global firm
Irish Stock Exchange
Lecture on developments in financial technologies
Seminar on Risk Management in Practice
Professional Development Programme
In collaboration with our industry advisory group we developed a new module Analytical and Communication Skills Development to enhance students’ skill set. This includes an even greater focus on analytics skills development through Excel for Analytics and Tableau for Analytics. Both of these focus on manipulation of data sets to extract greater value from existing organizational data. Quality data visualisation is critical to enhancing visual communication which facilitates improved organizational strategy formulation leading to competitive advantage. This new module teaches students how to create various visualisations of data allowing trends and patterns to be revealed thus allowing organizations to extract greater value from their data. Recognising the importance of good oral communication skills, this new module affords students additional opportunities to make individual and group presentations and prepares you to take your place as a professional in the corporate world.
Our team of academics and practitioners provide in-depth practical and research grounded knowledge of key areas in today’s business environment. This final element of the programme provides an important capstone to the technical skills you will have developed.
The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) class are pictured with Laurence May (KPMG Director) and Professor Breda Sweeney (University of Galway).
In November 2019, University of Galway announced a new partnership with leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software firm UiPath, making the University the first in Ireland to offer robotic process automation content to accounting and finance students.
The partnership features as part of an innovative 'Disruptive Technologies in Accounting and Finance' Summer School offered to students on the MSc in International Accounting & Analytics programme. Students will develop practical skills in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), mapping of workflow processes, Data preparation and Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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Dr Patricia Martyn
Ms Sharon Gilmartin and MS Tracy Coloe Cloonan
Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here.
What Our Students Say
KOMAL Goel | International Accounting & Analytics Scholar 2020-21
In the course of my professional journey, I realized that data analytics played a pivotal role in offering stronger assurance, providing business insights, and adding value. This realization grew into a robust desire to explore data analytics skills in the field of accounting. Further research helped me understand that there is no better master’s program that aligns with my interest and competencies than the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway B) offered by NUIG. This is a unique industry-oriented program, which provides a wonderful opportunity for existing International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) members like me to understand the nuances of data analytics, tailor made for accounting professionals. It is an honor to be chosen for the postgrad scholarship offered by J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics for the Jan’21 intake of this prestigious program. Being a first-generation graduate in my family and coming from a farming background, I cannot describe with enough words how this scholarship has immensely motivated me to give 100% of my focus and efforts on my education without worrying about my financial situation.
Neasa Kitchen | International aircraft leasing and lease management role
The MSc in International Accounting and Analytics is a unique course which provides a good revision of key accounting topics and introduces accountants to the phenomena of Big Data. Practical sessions have helped me understand how I as an accountant can leverage various tools to analyse the growing volume of data available to my organisation and gain invaluable insights to add value to the business. Obtaining, managing and presenting the data is key to being able to interpret it and this course provides a great basis to build on.
Minal Tambe | Senior Fund Officer at Alter Domus
The rapidly evolving technologies in the business environment play a pivotal role in setting the expectations of today’s accountants, be it experienced or newly qualified. While working in the auditing space for years and dealing with a variety of challenges arisen due to the massive increase in the volume of transactions and changing technologies, I observed the skill gap that was getting developed in delivering quality audits. This Program is suitably designed to meet the changing business requirements for qualified accountants wherein there is an increasing demand for advanced analytical skills and technological knowledge. The academic content is very thoughtfully planned to empower finance professionals with knowledge of SAP, Big Data, Management Controls, and hands-on experience on smart tools and platforms like Tableau desktop, UiPath Studio, AWS, etc. It’s an invaluable life experience to study in an international setting like this and learn from highly experienced professors of NUIG, while interacting with equally ambitious and motivated classmates coming from different countries and cultures.
Umesh Sharma | Senior, Corporate Finance and Valuations
After speaking to the programme director, I was willing to take the risk of leaving my life in India to aim at higher goals in Ireland. I choose NUI Galway over the rest of the Universities in the world due to the course design and curriculum and the career support offered by the University. The entire MSc was structured smartly on significant topics in this changing world of accounting and finance. I found the staff highly empathetic with us the student community, professional in dealing with problems and they always prioritised the quality of the curriculum. This programme helped me secure a Senior role in BDO's Valuations and Financial Modelling. I look forward to moving to managerial role in next six months where I get the opportunity to lead a team. I am very proud to be an NUI Galway alumnus.
Tahir Mushtaq | Graduate
After course completion and exams, I was looking forward to Summer Schools. Considering the COVID-19 challenges, the prompt response of NUIG management and staff, to shift to online delivery of Summer Schools, is praiseworthy and the organization and quality of online summer schools’ content and delivery is commendable. Hearing from experienced and successful professionals about how they are using Data Sciences and Disruptive technologies in their organizations to add value, gave me colossal certainty that I am equipped with all that is required to boost my career. I have no doubt that NUIG is as competitive, agile and innovative as any top class institute can be. After gaining good practical experience with top rated organizations, it was a critical decision for me to choose an institute that can add value to my knowledge, skills and career as a whole. I am glad that my choice turned out to be the best.in Connect with Tahir
Zhiwei Mao | Deloitte, Dublin
Studying the MSc International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway A) in NUI Galway is the one of the wisest career decisions I’ve ever made. I have gained professional knowledge from both intensive accounting modules and the practical summer schools which involve cooperation with KPMG and leading international academics. Through learning about big data and taking a SAP module, I have gained insights into and critical skills for managing big data and data analytics. I have to say that the learning experience of the entire MSc International Accounting and Analytics programme in NUI Galway has played a significant role in landing job offers from the “Big Four” for me. I really enjoyed and am so grateful for my time studying here!
What Employers Say
Eamonn Siggins | Chief Executive CPA Ireland
Ireland is currently experiencing a shortage of accountants. This skills shortage facilitates qualified accountants from outside of the EEA who wish to live and work in Ireland. CPA Ireland, through its international agreements with professional bodies who are members of IFAC in countries such as India, South Africa, USA, and many more provide a pathway to dual qualification and to CPA Ireland membership. This programme is equipping international accountants with skills that are in such high demand from Irish employers in every sector as well as providing the opportunity for international accountants adapt to living and studying in Ireland. The strategy for the development of Ireland’s financial services sector “Ireland for Finance” targets employment growth of 5,000 jobs in that sector by 2026. The opportunities for international accountants in Ireland are likely to grow in the coming years. The future in Ireland is certainly bright for alumni of the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics and CPA Ireland stands ready to support those alumni in developing their careers and lives in Ireland.
Laurence May | Principal, KPMG
We are in an age where more data is being created faster than ever before, with less than 1% of data ever being used or analysed. Therefore, the ability to analyse and use this data is a key challenge for all professions, including audit and accounting. The summer school is a mix of lectures and practical breakout sessions where participants will see how KPMG uses its Data & Analytics tools to harness the power of technology and bring greater vigour, precision and meaningful insights to the increasing age of data
Liz Hughes | Head Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA
The good news is that when you join the new MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) at NUIG you automatically become part of the ACCA Accelerate programme, ACCA’s early entry programme to becoming a chartered certified finance professional. Accelerate allows you to leap ahead on your journey to becoming qualified, and provides additional benefits such as discounted exemptions and access to ACCA’s professional network, supplying you with invaluable career advice and support before you even graduate.
Conall McGonagle | COO & Managing Director at KBC Bank USA
There is constant growth in the supply of data. The job market demand, across many career roles, is for your ability to deliver better data insights. We need to speak the language of data analysis. We need to translate and simplify complex data into key message insights and to communicate these in a clear and visual manner. The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) from NUI Galway is your opportunity to jump on a surfboard and to learn to read the key data waves from the big data ocean.
Brian Healy | Director, Traded Markets, Operations Irish Stock Market Plc
The well established and proven advantages which a strong finance function brings to a business will need to be reimagined and adapted to the requirements of big data, the burgeoning of digital channel transactions and the increased demand for real-time and predictive analytics. This must complement more traditional financial and management accounting reporting. The accountant of the future can play as vital a role in high performing business as he/she does today but that will involve a transformed relationship with analytics and key aspects of "Platform 4.0" such as adaptive technology and artificial intelligence.
Conor Clifford | Senior Director of Finance at Medtronic
"Analytics is the key skill that differentiates an accountant from a true business partner, and can ultimately define the career of an accountant as analytics brings more meaning, life and understanding into accounting information".
Maria Joyce | Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc
The finance function is a key driver of analytics and plays a leadership role rather than a supporting role.
Gerard Corcoran MBA BFS Chartered Ban | Head of AIB Dublin South | Retail & Business Banking
In a world where business has vast amounts of data available; a critical competence is the ability to leverage this data through analytics, to deliver insights and value for both customers and the organisation itself. Analytics not only help us understand what's happening in our business but also to predict and uncover new opportunities. The NUI Galway MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) has a good balance that equips leaders of the future to understand the insights and support the strategic direction of their organisations.
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About NUI Galway
NUI Galway Is:
- In the top 1% of Universities Worldwide according to data from QS
- Ireland's top University for graduate employability with 98% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
- The largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.
Irish Accountancy Awards 2019 & 2020
Irish Accountancy Awards 2019 & 2020