A fast-track route into accountancy (Sponsored)

Dec 12, 2019

Ranked first in Ireland and second in Western Europe for Accounting according to Eduniversal, the Trinity Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting offers non-accounting graduates a fast-track route into a career in accountancy. Graduates of the eight-month course gain a keen understanding of their future role as accountants, whether in practice or industry.

Preparing students for success

The full-time course focuses on the fundamentals of financial accounting, management accounting, corporate finance, audit, taxation and related areas and offers significant exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies, including the Chartered Accountants Ireland CAP 1 exams.

“The programme prepares students to succeed in a career in professional accounting,” says Neil Dunne FCA, Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting. “Students gain technical skills as well as the business acumen to carry with them wherever they go. The core modules are what you would expect from any Chartered Accountancy course – financial accounting, corporate finance, tax, governance, company law and so on. There is an authentic business and academic balance”.

An inspiring atmosphere

Students will undertake the programme in Ireland’s most advanced business school building. Completed earlier this year, the €80 million, state-of-the-art, 11,400 square metre building includes an innovation and entrepreneurial hub, a 600-seat auditorium, restaurant spaces for up to 200 people, smart classrooms with the latest digital technology, and a rooftop conference room. It also hosts the summer student accelerator programme, LaunchBox.

Graduates in demand

Many of the graduates move on to careers with leading accountancy firms, several of which have close links to the programme. “Demand for our graduates is very strong,” Dunne notes. “Qualified accountants can end up in any industry in any part of the world. Our graduates have been very successful in gaining employment with a wide variety of firms, but the strongest demand is coming from the Big Four. That’s a reflection of the demand for qualified accountants in the economy, the quality of the course and the strong Trinity Business School brand.”

Strong connections with all the leading accountancy firms facilitates a smooth transition into employment. “The accountancy firms sponsor student awards, attend our careers fairs and provide guest lecturers. They can see that our students have been exposed to qualified accountants and not just the books. The exemptions from professional exams are also of key importance. That makes our graduates more valuable to employers. They will spend less time on exams and more time gaining experience,” says Dunne. “We will open for applications after Christmas and I would advise potential students to apply as soon as possible, as the course fills up very quickly.”

For more information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at Trinity Business School, contact the admissions team by email at business.masters@tcd.ie or by telephone at +353 1 896 4299.

(This article is sponsored by the Trinity Business School.)