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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

A fast track conversion qualification for graduates with non-accounting degrees who want to pursue a career in accounting.


  • Course Summary

    The course aims to enhance students' understanding of technical, conceptual and theoretical underpinnings in relevant areas of accounting; to enable them to apply the associated techniques in the preparation of accounting for internal/ external reporting and decision making.

    The course provides a programme of study in accounting and accounting-related modules which enable graduates with non-accounting degrees to obtain a general introduction to the subject, and then to specialise in particular areas of accounting suited to the career path of each student.

  • Course Structure

    The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is a full time course running from September-June. The course will be taught through lectures and seminars, and students will be expected to undertake independent study.

    An Employer Liason Committee ensures that employers are aware of the course content ensuring that it is kept relevant and up to date.

  • Career Opportunities

    The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is a professionally recognised programme which will give students exemptions in their professional examinations and allow them to progress onto the MSc Advanced Accounting and other careers in Accounting.

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from examinations F1 to F9 inclusive.

    Chartered Accountants Ireland

    Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from CAP1 professional examinations.

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

    Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from Certificate level CO1 to CO5 inclusive and Managerial level papers P1 and P7.

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  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    A second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a non-relevant discipline, or an equivalent standard in a professional qualification. Exceptionally, applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be admitted if they can provide evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

    A level requirements

    A good standard of English and Maths is required but specific A levels are not necessary.

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    A good standard of English and Maths is required but The Irish Leaving Certificate is not necessary.

    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.

    Exemptions and transferability

    Suitable choices of modules taken will lead to exemption from the nine fundamental examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; all of the Certificate and P1 and P7 Managerial level examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, or the CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1) examinations of the Chartered Accountants Ireland.

  • KPMG Fast Track Scholar

    Ulster University has teamed up with KPMG to offer applicants (or) students embarking on the Graduate Diploma in Accounting the opportunity to be a ‘KPMG Fast Track Scholar’.

    There will be two scholarships which will cover the full fees of the course and in addition offer a work based learning opportunity with KPMG Ireland at their Belfast office. Open to those who have successfully been accepted onto the Graduate Diploma in Accounting for 2017, the Scholarship is a prestigious award that will not only assist you financially, but provide you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate your excellence with one of the leading professional services firms.

    Please submit a 200-word summary on your motivation and career plans within the area of Accounting/professional services together with a CV to (Stephen McNamee/ by Friday 29th September 2017 to be considered for the scholarship.

    Applicants will be called for interview with KPMG and Ulster University representatives week commencing the 9th October 2017.