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MSc in strategic management accounting

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, in close association with CIMA, is proud to offer an MSc in strategic management accounting.

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The MSc in strategic management accounting provides students with a systematic and rigorous postgraduate specialisation in management accounting within the context of strategic management. This programme is fully accredited by CIMA and offers successful graduates full exemption from all CIMA exams, except the institute’s strategic level integrated case study exam.

This is a one-year full time programme which commences in September.

Programme details

Who would benefit?

This programme is designed to equip future accounting and finance professionals with the knowledge and skills to succeed. It will develop the accounting and financial management skills of business graduates who may not have specialised in accounting and financial management in their degrees and now want a career in this area.

This degree at a ranked and accredited business school prepares its graduates for roles in the finance function of Irish PLCs and multinational companies, leading accounting services firms, and for accounting roles in the finance industry. Our Dublin location and ongoing relationships with leading global companies and accounting services firms will help you present yourself with confidence to the world’s top companies.

This programme provides a balance between theoretical learning and applied skills development. Top-class faculty and highly regarded expert practitioners ensure the academic rigour and real-life relevance of the course content.
Graduates from the programme start their CIMA examinations at the Strategic Case Study level. This is the top level of CIMA exams. Students who are successful in the Strategic Case Study just need to demonstrate they have met CIMAs Practical Experience Requirements before joining as a CGMA.

What will I learn?

Successful graduates of the MSc in strategic management accounting will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the most advanced techniques and tools in management accounting, management control and performance management.
  • Translate and implement strategic objectives through management accounting and control systems.
  • Critically appraise a management accounting and control system.
  • Engage in effective communication (oral and written) on accounting and management matters.
  • Engage in self-directed learning and reflective learning to enhance their personal and professional development.
  • Define and implement the management accounting and control systems appropriate to the strategic needs of an organisation.
  • Perform key roles in the strategic management of organisations.

Programme strengths

  • Management accounting specialisation for students intending to gain the CIMA qualification.
  • Develops creative and analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Outstanding lecturers and materials.
  • Provides an educationally rich learning environment to study advanced management accounting.
  • Collaboration between the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and CIMA ensures relevance of the programme to employers.

Entry requirements

  • An honours bachelor business degree with a minimum 2.1 award at NFQ Level 8 (or international equivalent) AND
  • Applicants are required to have demonstrated strong academic ability (a 1.1 or 2.1) in at least one accounting module and one finance module.

The programme sharpened my knowledge in management accounting, particularly from a strategic management and corporate finance angle.

Karin Weber ACMA, CGMA Read Karin's experience of this programme