Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting


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Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

GMIT Galway Campus

A one-year conversion programme in accounting for non-accounting graduates

The School of Business in GMIT offers a one-year intensive Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Accounting. This programme is level 9 on the NQAI framework and is offered on a full-time basis over one academic year. Places on the programme are limited to 30 students, all of whom are existing level 8 non-accounting graduates.

This programme was designed in response to a large number of graduates who wish to change their career focus. To qualify as an accountant, you must become a member of a professional accounting body and to do so you must take exams with the professional body and obtain professional experience. This programme is the first step towards an interesting and challenging career in accounting. Existing graduates who pursue accounting may find that they are advantaged in their search for trainee positions due to their diverse backgrounds and maturity.

This highly focused and practical programme offers a direct pathway to a full-time career in accounting. It provides the learner with a thorough grounding in the fundamental theories, concepts, principles and practices essential to the pursuit of a fulfilling career in the area of professional accountancy. Learners will gain a number of exemptions from the professional accounting bodies and have a critical understanding of current developments in accounting.

Accounting offers a clearly defined career path, but yet offers a range of employment options. The main types of accountants are professional accountants (who work in private practice) or management accountants (who work in companies), but there are many specialist roles such as auditors and taxation consultants. Accounting professionals are consistently in demand in private and public organisations. Training as an accountant offers increasingly varied roles within organisations at the heart of business development.

What Will I Study?

An intensive two-week induction course in early September to deliver the fundamentals of accounting will precede the delivery of the following modules:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Ethics & Corporate Governance

This programme is semesterised and consists of approximately 25 class contact hours per week. In addition to practical accounting and business knowledge and skills, students will gain practical computerised accounting skills essential to the practicing accountant.


It is envisaged that graduates from this programme will obtain a number of exemptions from the professional accounting bodies, shortening the journey towards final qualification. Further details available on request.

Institute Notice

Each course is offered on the condition of adequate enrolments, and the Institute reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course because of low enrolments or for other reasons deemed sufficient by the Institute.

Additional Information

The programme will commence in early September. This is a full-time Level 9 award. Students on this programme may be eligible to receive a student grant. Classes will commence in early September.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the programme will be expected to hold, at a minimum, an Honours 2.2 non-accounting degree or an approved equivalent non-accounting qualification. Students who have an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) or equivalent in accounting, achieved outside Ireland are also eligible to apply.

Last updated Feb 2018

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is based at five locations in the west of Ireland. At the largest campus situated in Galway, we look out on the Atlantic Ocean and are reminded of Francis Ba ... Read More

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is based at five locations in the west of Ireland. At the largest campus situated in Galway, we look out on the Atlantic Ocean and are reminded of Francis Bacon's observation: "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea." As a centre of higher education, we are engaged above all else in discovery. We hope that you will join with us in the voyage of learning which, for all of us, now extends throughout our lives. Read less
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