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A unique course which enables you to specialise in a dynamic area of accounting and gives you an edge for your future career.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • Moore Stephens
  • CITI
  • Northern Ireland Civil Service

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Trainee Management Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Office Manager
  • Entrepreneur


A unique course which enables you to specialise in a dynamic area of accounting and gives you an edge for your future career.


This course will enable you to distinguish yourself from other accountancy graduates by also acquiring a specialism in taxation, management or information systems.

This course will be heavily accredited and is the course for you if you wish to obtain a premium accountancy degree with a difference. You will be able to graduate with one of the following:

  • BSc Hons Accounting with Taxation or
  • BSc Hons Accounting with Management or
  • BSc Hons Accounting with information systems.

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About this course

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If you are interested in following a career in accountancy or in going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications prior to entering a career in finance or business then this course is suitable for you. This course will be accredited by the major accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Upon graduation, you have the opportunity to gain maximum exemption from the above mentioned professional body examinations. The level of exemptions available will depend on the specialism route you select and your achievements in your modules. As the Ulster University Business School at Magee has strong links with the accountancy and taxation bodies, you will be guided on the best choice of modules to suit your career aspirations. This course offers you the option of undertaking a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations or you can opt to study abroad for a year.

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course will be ‘refreshed’ during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering in September 2018.

For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact theCourse Director.


The programme can be completed in two to nine years, depending on the level of entry. For example, if you have completed a relevant sub-degree programme such as a Foundation degree or an HND you may be eligible for up to 240 credit points of exemption and therefore could complete the final 6 modules within one and a half years. However, if you are joining the programme at level 4 (year 1) entry with no exemptions then to complete all 18 modules (360 credit points) on the programme will take anything from four and a half years to nine years, depending on your pace of study.

Weekly Attendance
Class-based modules – one three hour session per week per module (either morning, afternoon or evening session) across each 12 week semester.

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

To apply for the part-time programme you must satisfy the general entry conditions for the University, which requires that you hold a GCSE (or equivalent) at C or above in Maths and English and that you satisfy the Course Committee that you are capable of study at Higher Education Level.

The traditional two ‘A’ levels are not normally a prerequisite for participation in this course. If you are a mature applicant who lacks formal academic qualifications, you may be admitted to the course if you can satisfy the Course Committee of your ability to complete the course satisfactorily. Exemptions may be granted from parts of the course where you already hold a higher academic or professional qualification providing evidence of relevant previous studies.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning and Teaching

The range of modules offered on this course allows a varied and interesting mix of methods to be used, to enhance knowledge and understanding as well as allowing you to practice and develop your professional and transferable skills.

For each module on this course, you will have weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures are used to explain and develop the skills identified as being important to you in developing your professional and personal development within the subject areas. Lectures provide the framework for directing independent student learning activity and skills development. Weekly seminars will provide opportunities for you to engage in an in-depth appreciation of theoretical and practical issues related to the subject area. A number of modules will utilise the simulation suite available on campus to enhance your learning experience. In addition, a number of modules involve small group teaching in a workshop format.


Considerable effort has been devoted to ensuring that the assessment requirements built into each module on this course are appropriate to the learning outcomes, qualities and abilities being assessed. Assessment methods range from class tests, essays, business reports, group projects and practical skills audits, a variety of group and individual presentations incorporating self and peer assessment, practical simulations, case study applications, reflective portfolios, on-line assessment, class tests, management reports, projects and work-based assignments and unseen end of semester examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

The majority of students enter this programme in year 1 – Level 4. However, applicants who provide evidence of previous relevant successful study may be considered for entry to level 5 of the programme. Exceptionally applicants may be considered for entry at Level 6. The transfer will normally be admitted with exemptions depending on prior accredited knowledge.

There is a facility for transfer to other undergraduate degree programmes depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement.

Students who transfer from another university can present module information. Ulster can consider giving them module exemptions on a like for like basis for prior studies.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • Moore Stephens
  • CITI
  • Northern Ireland Civil Service

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Trainee Management Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Office Manager
  • Entrepreneur

Career options

A degree in accounting with a specialism in taxation, management or information systems from Ulster University will help you to develop a wide range of skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, commercial awareness and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Ulster University Business School follow their degree with graduate careers in accounting, finance, taxation, auditing, economics, business, actuarial science, marketing, insurance, banking, finance or management both in the commercial and public sectors.

Accounting specialists with knowledge of the finance and the business environment are in great demand, providing they have the right skills and expertise. The combination of subjects you will study on this course will provide a sound basis for a career in many different areas of business such as accounting, finance, taxation or management in public, private or not-for-profit organisations. Due to the exemptions available, you will also be a step ahead in your professional accountancy training. On successful completion of this course, it may be possible for you to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma / Master's in Advanced Accounting or the Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University

Professional recognition

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Academic profile

The Department of International Business has strong ties with the major professional accountancy and taxation bodies. All accounting staff in the department are members of professional accountancy bodies including:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)
  • The Irish Taxation Institute (ITI)


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

To apply you should register as a first time user and then choose the undergraduate taught programme option and then select the BSc Hons Accounting with Specialisms programme.

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Student achievements on the BSc Hons Accounting with Specialisms are recognised by a number of prizes and awards. Sponsors of the prizes and awards include EY, PwC, CIMA, 8over8 Ltd, Bank of Ireland, McDaid, McCullough & Moore and Shaun McAteer and Co Ltd. Some of these awards offer students valuable practical work experience in the accounting, finance and business world.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Mrs Claire Scott McAteer

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5560


For queries about your application or admission process please contact: Mrs Irene Karmiotis

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4798



Throughout my time at University I have transitioned from being completely lost as to what career path to take, to becoming determined and focused on qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. This stems from the dedicated, approachable, caring and knowledgeable accounts department at Magee. The support and guidance I have received as a student and alumni have far surpassed my expectation. The accounting lecturers go above and beyond their call of duty and I couldn't recommend Magee highly enough to study Accounting.

Clodagh Cully (Trainee Chartered Accountant with PKF-FPM)

Studying accounting and finance at Ulster University's Magee Campus gave me a head start for my future career in accountancy and also in my personal development. The friendly and supportive atmosphere is second to none. All my lecturers knew me by name and they were all very supportive. The accounting team on the Magee campus are all professionally qualified accountants and so their experience helped me and my fellow classmates work out how we would like to shape our careers.

Mairead Walsh (Trainee Chartered Accountant with KPMG)

I recently graduated with an Accounting degree from Ulster University, Magee. When I finished my degree I had a variety of options available and decided to take a post as a Financial Controller for a group of companies. I believe with the academic knowledge taught on the degree programme, along with practical exercises given as coursework, I have been more than prepared to make the transition from student to employee. I would highly recommend the course, as it has provided me with all the necessary skills to go out into the real world, and apply what I have learnt to create value for my employer.

The quality of the teaching whilst at Ulster University, Magee is second to none. The lecturers always made themselves available to me, in order to assist with any queries I had. I always received support and constructive criticism for my work which helped ensure that I developed my overall knowledge.

If you are considering a career in finance or business, then I would strongly advise you to have a look at this course. Having the finance and accounting in the degree ensures that you have a comprehensive knowledge, and prepares you for real life situations.

Andrew Guy (Financial Controller at Wurkhouse (CIMA trainee))