Business School

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance
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DCU’s Accounting and Finance course creates solutions-orientated accountants and financial services professionals with both Irish and international perspectives.

The course takes you from an introduction to accounting basics, through to more complex theoretical and practical accounting studies. You’ll also explore a myriad of other topics, including issues concerning business, law, IT, taxation, auditing, professional ethics, economics, corporate finance, investments, psychology, marketing, HR, management, and communications.

You may also opt to study one of three European languages (French or German or Spanish) as part of the course, giving you an added appeal to employers.

The Accounting and Finance course at DCU Business School really prepares you for the workplace as the degree is very career oriented. There is a focus on group work, presentation skills and analytical thinking which is essential for any workplace as well as the academic content.

The goal of this degree is to give you in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspets of accounting and finance, as well as an understanding of the business, legal, taxation and IT context of this work.

The degree is structured around three main areas:

  • Accounting: financial and management accounting are studied from Irish and international perspectives. Taxation, auditing and professional ethics modules are also offered.
  • Finance: a thorough foundation in the principles of economics, corporate finance and topics such as investments is provided.
  • Business: a rounded understanding of the principles of business is developed through the study of subjects such as commercial and company law, psychology, marketing, HR, management, communications, IT, and business strategy

You can also choose to study one of three European languages (French, German or Spanish) as part of the course. You can study a language throughout your degree or drop it after first year, depending on your preference.

DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
Generous exemptions from examinations of professional accounting bodies
High level of recruitment by all the leading accounting firms
Opt to specialise in accounting, finance or management
Three-year course with further option for one-year Master’s Degree
Student-friendly, congenial environment with excellent, supportive and friendly lecturers
Top students awarded sponsored prizes from KPMG, Mazars, CIMA, PwC, Grant Thornton and Kavanagh Fennell
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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.



Aoife Costello, Employment Tax Management at PwC Ireland

The Accounting and Finance course at DCU Business School really prepares you for the workplace as the degree is very career oriented. There is a focus on group work, presentation skills and analytical thinking which is essential for any workplace as well as the academic content.

Career Areas
Financial Services
Professional Accountancy Practices
Public Service
Career Prospects

A considerable demand continues to exist for accountants, financial managers, and tax and management consultants.

You will be professionally equipped for such careers. In terms of employers you can choose from professional accountancy practices, industry, financial services and the public service, nationally and internationally.

Graduates are granted generous exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies.

This course is suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching as it is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of teaching Accounting, and Business.

Graduates have the opportunity to progress to DCU's MSc in Accounting programme, which offers further generous exemptions from professional examinations.

Career Tags
Financial Management
Professional Accountant


Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics.

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics.

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

Holders of a Higher Certificate/National Certificate in Business Studies/Accounting with Merit or Distinction may be considered for admission into second year. Holders of a Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma in Business Studies/Accounting with Merit or Distinction may be considered for admission into second year. There is no advanced entry path into second year for applications from students who are currently enrolled in a similar course but wish to transfer to DCU to finalise their degree. Please apply directly to DCU using the R10 form. Closing date for applications 1st July.

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.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee
€14,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form R10 by clicking here