Business School

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance
CAO Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
3 yr
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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
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.


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

No Advanced Entry Path

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

No Advanced Entry Path

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at