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BA ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
Accounting is the language of finance and business. Accountants compile, analyse, interpret and communicate essential information about the operations of a business – whether that business be a small firm, a publicly traded corporation or an NGO (non-governmental organisation). Decisions are made based on the information provided by accountants; good accounting is crucial to any organisation's success.
Finance is the lifeblood that fuels the economy. The financial sector is made up of lenders and borrowers, big investors and small savers, risk lovers and risk haters, innovators and regulators. Currencies rise and fall, stock markets boom and bust, property values soar and crash, interest rates fluctuate. All of this is supported by the intricate workings of our financial systems.
As a student of Accounting and Finance, you will have the flexibility of a broad-based finance degree, but with a focus on accounting topics, for students who may wish to pursue a career in accounting after graduation. Graduates are entitled to exemptions from all of CAP 1 examinations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and equivalent examination papers from the ACCA, CIMA and CPA professional accounting bodies.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3
This course requires 2 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature Students must fill out the NUI Maynooth Mature Student Application Form available at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/mature_form.shtml. It is essential that you also apply to the CAO further details available at www.cao.ie.. Both applications must be received before the 1st of February.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1st.
Three of the main accountancy practices in Ireland sponsor prizes on this course. The prizes are awarded annually to the top student in each year. KPMG sponsors the First Year prize, Ernst & Young the Second Year, and PricewaterhouseCoopers sponsors the Third Year prize.
Students take a broad base of Finance subjects but with an emphasis on Accounting topics in all years. Some students may choose to take an internship year between Second and Third year, and graduate after 4 years.
|Career and Postgraduate options|
Graduates are likely to be primarily focused on a professional accountancy qualification, but may also consider careers in banking and financial institutions, stock exchange and trading, economic or finance research, and the civil service.
- Higher Diploma in Finance
- Higher Diploma in Economic Science
- MA in Economics
- MA in Finance
- MA in Accounting ( provides full exemptions in all except the final level of Professional Accountancy Examinations)
- PhD in Economics
- PhD in Finance
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site