This eight month programme, ranked 1st in Ireland and 10th in Western Europe for Accounting (Eduniversal 2018), gives non-accounting graduates the opportunity to fast-track their career towards becoming a qualified accountant and focuses on the fundamentals of financial accounting, management accounting, corporate finance, audit, taxation and related areas. The programme provides significant exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies. It is fully accredited by ACCA, Chartered Accountants Ireland and CIMA.


Programme Information

In eight months of study, graduates attain:

  • The full suite of exemptions from the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ exams, i.e. papers F1 to F9.
  • The full CAP 1 exemption from Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA).
  • Graduates also attain exemptions from Papers C1-C5, E1, P1, F1 and P2 of the CIMA exams.

Expert faculty and practitioners from Big-4 accountancy firms combine to deliver modules, grounded in the academia-practice link that underpins the entire programme. As the economy continues to recover and grow, so does the demand for accounting professionals. Guest speakers from ACCA, CAI (ACA), CIMA and other accountancy bodies advise on your next steps in the accountancy profession.

Internship Opportunities

Ernst & Young will offer internships to two of the highest-placed students across the entire programme (subject to the students meeting their entrance criteria). They are sponsoring cash prizes of €250 each for the highest placing students in the ‘Audit’ and ‘Corporate Governance and Ethics’ modules.

Moore Stephens Nathans will offer internships to two of the highest-placed students across the entire programme. Moore Stephens are a top-10 accountancy practice and a platinum training firm for ACCA. The successful students will join a team of associates and be closely mentored as they gain invaluable experience across all areas of accountancy and taxation services.

Moore Stephens believe in maximising talent to realise potential and are sponsoring cash prizes of €250 each for the highest placing students in the ‘Financial Reporting’ and ‘Advanced Taxation’ modules.


Applications for the next intake in September 2019 will open in October. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we recommend applying for this popular programme as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Who Are We Looking For?

Trinity Business School students come from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines and arrive from locations across the globe. Our ambitious students are ready to embark on a successful and fulfilling career path in business by learning new skills and enhancing existing ones. They take away an awareness beyond profit to include the impact of business on the wider economy and society. We expect our graduates to ‘put in more than they take out’ of the economy and society throughout their career.

Entry Requirements

  • A first- or upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent. If you have yet to complete your degree, submit your most recent transcripts. If your transcript is not in English, please also supply a certified translation.
  • Two academic referees
  • Work experience (optional)
  • An IELTS or TOEFL Score: Non-native speakers will need an IELTS score of over 6.5, with no band below 6; or a TOEFL score of over IBT 90. If your primary degree was in English, you can ignore this requirement.
  • A GMAT score may be requested in certain cases

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Career Opportunities

Our graduates are in a prime position to launch their career in accounting and finance. With your accounting knowledge and exemptions, you can fast-track your career to becoming a fully chartered accountant or choose to move into the areas of finance, risk, investments, auditing and tax, amongst others. Once fully qualified, graduates can also start their own firm or choose to go into financial consultancy.

92% rate of employment post-graduation.*

*Student survey respondents currently seeking employment or in employment at 6 months following programme completion. Class of 2016/17.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated September 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
8 months
10,500 EUR
EU students and €15,500 non-EU students
June 30, 2020
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By date
Start Date
Sep 2020
End Date
May 2021
Application deadline
June 30, 2020

Sep 2020

Application deadline
June 30, 2020
End Date
May 2021

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting