Course Description

DIT MSc in Applied Accounting & CPA Professional Accountancy Qualification


This course is the only combined Level 9 Masters and CPA Professional Accountancy Qualification in Ireland.

This two-year Masters Programme and additional one-year work placement will see accounting trainees earn a Master’s Degree and CPA Accounting Qualification in one.

The programme allows students the opportunity to study advanced modules in accounting which are grounded in theory and applied in practice. A distinctive feature of this programme is that it offers students an opportunity to engage in work based learning simultaneously with their academic studies.


Programme Structure:


  • Duration: 3 years (2 years in DIT and 1 year work placement)
  • Semester Structure: 2 academic semesters per year (1+2), 15 weeks per semester, 13 weeks of lectures each semester, 2 weeks of exams each semester, 4 Days per week (Monday to Thursday) Year 1 and 2.
  • Work Placement: Year 3 Full time work placement (No further exams)
  • Classroom Based Learning (DIT): One day per week.


 Subjects that will be covered in the joint Masters and CPA professional qualification include: 


  • Advanced Corporate Reporting (CPA Professional 2 Exam)
  • Audit Practice and Assurance (CPA Professional 2 Exam)
  • Advanced Taxation (CPA Professional 2 Exam)
  • Strategy and Leadership (CPA Professional 2 Exam)
  • Communications and Professional Development (DIT MSC Applied Accounting)
  • Corporate Finance (DIT MSC Applied Accounting)
  • Accounting Inquiry (DIT MSC Applied Accounting)
  • Information Systems (DIT MSC Applied Accounting)

Work Based Learning (DIT MSC Applied Accounting & CPA Ireland)



The benefits of choosing this route:


Qualifications: Earn two globally recognised qualification in one. The only combined qualifications in Ireland.

Employment Opportunities: CPA Ireland work with employers countrywide and help place students in employment as part of the Programme. Earn while you learn – Earn two qualifications while in full time employment CPA is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants – trainees earn a qualification that travels with you.

Resources and support: Full learning management resources of DIT, one of the top 4% of Universities worldwide with state of the art learning facilities. Students will be entitled to the full student resources and support available from CPA Ireland



Who can apply:  This programme is for anyone who are exempt from or passed CPA Ireland’s Formation 1, Formation 2 & Professional 1 stages of exams.


How to apply:

1. Email transcripts to CPA to check for exemptions –

2.Register online with CPA Ireland –

3. Register with DIT–



For further information

Tel: 01 425 1000



CollegeInstitute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
Course LocationDublin City South, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategoryAccountancy, Finance
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyCPA Ireland
Course Start Date3rd September 2018
Course Duration3 years (2 years DIT + 1 year full-time work placement
Entry RequirementsThis programme is for candidates who are exempt from CPA Ireland’s Formation 1, Formation 2 and Professional 1 suite of exams
Phone+353 (0) 1 425 1000
Course CodeDT9022 (PT)
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