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Professional Diploma in Accounting

Professional Diploma in Accounting

  • PAC CodeDC500
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year

Programme under review and not currently accepting applications


The key objectives of the PDA are two-fold.

Firstly, the programme aims to develop students' understanding of the conceptual underpinnings and practice of accounting.

Secondly, it strives to enhance students' problem-solving, analytical, critical thinking and independent learning skills so that they are equipped appropriately for challenging careers in dynamic, professional and business environments.

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DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise with an industry engagement strategy which benefits our students in many ways including:

  • Learning from academic experts with high level industry relevant experience ensuring you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice.
  • Close ties with the accountancy and taxation professions ensuring an up-to-date and relevant programme
  • Lecturers who have worked in the accounting profession and have a full appreciation of what students need to succeed.
  • Leading conversion programme in accounting of its kind in Ireland
  • Interactive, supportive learning environment

Sponsored Prizes

Grant Thornton award a prize to the student who achieves first place overall on the programme.

The Irish Taxation Institute awards a prize to the student who achieves first place in the taxation module.

What our Graduates Say


PDA graduates typically proceed to qualify as professional accountants and/or taxation specialists and pursue careers in accountancy firms, financial institutions, and manufacturing and service companies in Ireland and abroad.

Graduates are exempt, in full, from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Exemptions are also available from CIMA, ACCA, ICPAI and The Irish Taxation Institute.

It should be noted that professional bodies review the exemptions available to programmes offered by all universities on an annual basis.

PDA graduates, who achieve a minimum overall grade of a credit, are eligible to apply for a place on the MSc in Accounting programme offered at DCU Business School.


General Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

A H2.2 Honours degree (with an overall average of at least 55% across all modules), or international equivalent, in any discipline other than Accounting (for graduates of undergraduate programmes undertaken in any country).


A H2.2 Honours degree (with an overall average of at least 55% across all modules), or international equivalent, in Accounting (for those who have undertaken their undergraduate studies outside Ireland and the UK).

Candidates who have not received their degree results by the application closing date may receive conditional offers.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Due to the regulatory nature of Accounting, holders of Accounting degrees awarded by institutions overseas are usually not eligible for direct entry to Masters degrees in Accounting in Ireland. Hence, holders of such degrees are eligible to apply to the Professional Diploma in Accounting

Commencement of Course

The course starts with an immersion course in Financial Accounting, starting September 2016 (exact date to be advised), which is of one week duration and following which, the official first semester starts.

Dates for Submission of Applications 2017

No intake for September 2017

EU Applicants

Programme under review and not currently accepting applications

Non-EU Applicants

Programme under review and not currently accepting applications

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre 

When applying for this programme ( use the PAC code DC500. Please submit a C.V. along with other supporting documentation to PAC.

Queries on Completed Applications

Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to