International Accounting and Analytics, MA

National University of Ireland, Galway
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Pathway B Full-Time:  January 2019 Intake (1 Year January - August 2019) Pathway B Part-Time:  January 2019 Intake (2 Years January - August 2019, 2020)

Reflecting the increased importance of analytics for many different accounting careers, this programme is designed to provide early and mid-career accountants with the skills and knowledge needed to engage with big data in a variety of roles in practice and industry.

Advance your accounting career with the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics. Develop insights, and technical knowledge of tools and techniques for driving organisational performance, and understanding of corporate finance theory and practice. Participate in a SAP certified module through our strategic alliance with SAP. Gain an understanding of and expertise in accounting and business analytics through taught modules and our practitioner led Summer School.

This is an ideal master’s programme if you are already a qualified associate member with an IFAC member professional accountancy body (e.g. ICAI, ACCA, CPA Ireland, CIMA, Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICA India), CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan), CIPFA or other body deemed equivalent by the Programme Director) and looking to build your professional qualifications. This unique programme offers, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), exemption from 50% (45 credits) of the 90 credits for this taught master's course to fully exam-qualified  accountants who have been admitted to full associate membership of the recognised professional accountancy bodies above.

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  • Summer School (ii) Big 4 Practitioner Focussed 

Requirements and Assessment

Pathway B: For Early - Mid Career Accountants

Full professional exam qualification and associate membership of a recognised professional accountancy body: ACCA, ICAI, CPA, ICAS, ICAEW, CIPFA and CIMA or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the Programme Director.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS (6.5 overall), TOEFL (88), or PTE (61).

Pathway B: Part-Time (Jan-Aug 2 Years)

Next start dateCareer Opportunities

Recognising the importance of analytics skills for accountants, the recent ICAS and FRC report on Auditor skills in a changing business world (2016) called for educators to include practical courses on data interrogation and analytics. Our new MSc is the first programme of its kind in UK and Irish Universities to offer practical hands-on modules in SAP and audit analytics tools for accountants.

Our professional development programme which runs throughout the programme is designed to provide support for career development and offers a suite of career events, one-to-one career support and guest lectures from practice.

As a graduate of the MSc. in International Accounting and Analytics, you will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities in Accounting Practice, Industry, Management Consultancy and Financial Services.

You will have developed an understanding of cutting edge design and use of systems and processes to leverage best use of organisational data to facilitate performance management of business organisations. Coupled with your technical accounting skills you will be well positioned to work within the accounting function and management team to lead and manage organisations to achieve their strategic objectives.

Key Feature of the Programme

The design and structure of this programme was motivated following consultation and advice from industry, professional bodies, accounting practitioners and regulators.  In addition to the core academic modules, students are exposed to a variety of learning technologies to develop their skills for practice and the global business environment. 

These include: SAP training and certification, exposure to practitioner partners in the form of recent adjunct professorial appointments, practitioner-led Analytics Summer School using cutting-edge tools, international academic-led Summer School addressing all aspects of organizational performance, and a suite of guest lectures. In addition, this programme relies on close relationships with the international professional accountancy bodies which ensures that students have access to e-platforms providing career advice and practitioner networks.  

Sample of Recent Input in 2018 of Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes by:



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  Professional Development Programme

Our 2017/18 graduates had all secured employment in professional capacities before completion of the programme. This was facilitated in part by our professional development programme which runs throughout this master’s programme and offers a suite of events designed to support your career development.  In addition you have full access to our Career Development Centre (include link here).

In 2018/19 in collaboration with our industry advisory group we developed a new module Analytical and Communication Skills Development to enhance students’ skill set.  This includes an even greater focus on analytics skills development through Excel for Analytics and Tableau for Analytics.  Both of these focus on manipulation of data sets to extract greater value from existing organizational data. Quality data visualisation is critical to enhancing visual communication which facilitates improved organizational strategy formulation leading to competitive advantage. This new module teaches students how to create various visualisations of data allowing trends and patterns to be revealed thus allowing organizations to extract greater value from their data.   Recognising the importance of good oral communication skills, this new module affords students additional opportunities to make individual and group presentations and prepares you to take your place as a professional in the corporate world.  

Industry Collaboration

Our team of academics and practitioners provide in-depth practical and research grounded knowledge of key areas in today’s business environment. This final element of the programme provides an important capstone to the technical skills you will have developed.

The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) class are pictured with Laurence May (KPMG Director), Darina Barrett (KPMG Financial Services Partner) and Professor Breeda Sweeney at a 30% Club event that took place on campus which was sponsored by KPMG.

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Neasa Kitchen |   International aircraft leasing and lease management role

The MSc in International Accounting and Analytics is a unique course which provides a good revision of key accounting topics and introduces accountants to the phenomena of Big Data. Practical sessions have helped me understand how I as an accountant can leverage various tools to analyse the growing volume of data available to my organisation and gain invaluable insights to add value to the business. Obtaining, managing and presenting the data is key to being able to interpret it and this course provides a great basis to build on.

Umesh Sharma |   Senior, Corporate Finance and Valuations

After speaking to the programme director, I was willing to take the risk of leaving my life in India to aim at higher goals in Ireland. I choose NUI Galway over the rest of the Universities in the world due to the course design and curriculum and the career support offered by the University. The entire MSc was structured smartly on significant topics in this changing world of accounting and finance. I found the staff highly empathetic with us the student community, professional in dealing with problems and they always prioritised the quality of the curriculum. This programme helped me secure a Senior role in BDO's Valuations and Financial Modelling. I look forward to moving to managerial role in next six months where I get the opportunity to lead a team. I am very proud to be an NUI Galway alumnus.

Zhiwei Mao |   Deloitte, Dublin

Studying the MSc International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway A) in NUI Galway is the one of the wisest career decisions I’ve ever made. I have gained professional knowledge from both intensive accounting modules and the practical summer schools which involve cooperation with KPMG and leading international academics. Through learning about big data and taking a SAP module, I have gained insights into and critical skills for managing big data and data analytics. I have to say that the learning experience of the entire MSc International Accounting and Analytics programme in NUI Galway has played a significant role in landing job offers from the “Big Four” for me. I really enjoyed and am so grateful for my time studying here!

Laurence May |   Principal, KPMG

We are in an age where more data is being created faster than ever before, with less than 1% of data ever being used or analysed. Therefore, the ability to analyse and use this data is a key challenge for all professions, including audit and accounting. The summer school is a mix of lectures and practical breakout sessions where participants will see how KPMG uses its Data & Analytics tools to harness the power of technology and bring greater vigour, precision and meaningful insights to the increasing age of data

Liz Hughes |   Head Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA

The good news is that when you join the new MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) at NUIG you automatically become part of the ACCA Accelerate programme, ACCA’s early entry programme to becoming a chartered certified finance professional. Accelerate allows you to leap ahead on your journey to becoming qualified, and provides additional benefits such as discounted exemptions and access to ACCA’s professional network, supplying you with invaluable career advice and support before you even graduate.

Brian Healy |   Director, Traded Markets, Operations Irish Stock Market Plc

The well established and proven advantages which a strong finance function brings to a business will need to be reimagined and adapted to the requirements of big data, the burgeoning of digital channel transactions and the increased demand for real-time and predictive analytics. This must complement more traditional financial and management accounting reporting. The accountant of the future can play as vital a role in high performing business as he/she does today but that will involve a transformed relationship with analytics and key aspects of "Platform 4.0" such as adaptive technology and artificial intelligence.

Conall McGonagle |   COO & Managing Director at KBC Bank USA

There is constant growth in the supply of data. The job market demand, across many career roles, is for your ability to deliver better data insights. We need to speak the language of data analysis. We need to translate and simplify complex data into key message insights and to communicate these in a clear and visual manner. The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) from NUI Galway is your opportunity to jump on a surfboard and to learn to read the key data waves from the big data ocean.

Conor Clifford |   Senior Director of Finance at Medtronic

"Analytics is the key skill that differentiates an accountant from a true business partner, and can ultimately define the career of an accountant as analytics brings more meaning, life and understanding into accounting information".

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