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Accounting and Finance

Course Details

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3 yr
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Become a leading professional in Accounting and gain skills to take your business career anywhere



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A BA in Accounting and Finance gives you a world of opportunities. It is considered Ireland’s premier degree for those wishing to pursue careers as accountants and financial services professionals. The course offers great prospects for career progression, and the chance to work in a wide range of different industries. 


Your Career Starts Here

This degree was first of its kind in Ireland, and this continues to be an extremely popular course. Graduates are highly regarded by the accounting and financial services professions, as can be seen in the consistently employment rates for those who take the BA in Accounting and Finance. 


DCU People

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Rory Keenan

I chose Accounting and Finance at DCU because I wanted to go into the world of business and knew the importance of accounting in everyday business, regardless of where you work.

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Dr Orla Feeney (Course Chair)

We describe the AF degree as a career oriented degree, almost a fast track to becoming a professional accountant. We’re very focused on the workplace.

Read more about Dr Orla Feeney (Course Chair)

Careers & Further Options

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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 employees you can choose from professional accountancy practices, industry, financial services and the public service, nationally and internationally.

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.


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DCU Careers Service

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

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

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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

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.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

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To apply to DCU, please visit

No Entry Path

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.

Course Structure

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  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Mathematics
  • Law
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Critical Thinking for Business
  • Learning Innovation for Enterprise
  • Language Option
  • Planning and Control
  • International Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Company Law
  • Business Ethics
  • Financial Management
  • Information Systems
  • Language Option
  • Critical Thinking for Business
  • The Innovators Tooklit
  • Accounting for Sustainable Business
  • Business Strategy
  • Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Language Option

The final year also incorporates specialisation in one of the following areas: 

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Management of Operations

Full course structure and modules.



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



1.  Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI): 2.2 Honours graduates – gain full exemption from the CAP1

2 . Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA):

Exemption from F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F7, F8, F9 at fundamental level

3.  Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA): Exemption from BA1, BA2, BA3, BA4, P1, P2, F1

4.  Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI):

Formation Levels – full exemption;

Professional Level 1 – exemption from Auditing and Corporate Reporting

5.  Irish Taxation Institute (ITI):

Exemption from three out of four papers of Part 1


Note: All exemptions awarded are subject to annual review and revision by the various professional bodies, and depend on your achieving clear passes on completion of specific modules.


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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


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

No Entry Path

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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