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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

A Level 9 one-year conversion course in accounting for non-accounting graduates - Scholarships available

Discipline: Accounting

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: One year

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Minimum entry requirement is a H2.2 in a non-accounting level 8 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.

Places: 40

CAO Round 1 Points: N/A

Why Study?

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PDA), which has been running in GMIT since 2010, is designed to fast-track graduates who wish to pursue careers in Accountancy or Taxation.

It is a one year “conversion programme” aimed at non-accounting graduates from disciplines such as Arts, Computers, Education, Engineering, and Science. Business or Commerce graduates, who have not majored in Accountancy, may also find the programme beneficial. 

The PDA is a dedicated post-graduate course. The small class size facilitates greater interaction for students with lecturers who are experts in their respective fields; this results in an excellent learning environment. Click here to see lecturer profiles.

Successful completion of the course will give graduates full CAP1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland, seven of the nine Fundamental ACCA papers and three of the four part 1 Irish Tax Institute papers.*

Programme Modules

Students undertake an induction course commencing in the first week in September and a total of 8 modules, ranging from 5 credits to 15 credit modules. Lectures are held throughout the week, with total weekly contact hours ranging from 25-28 hours. Due to the intensive nature of the programme significant additional self-study is also required of students.  

Students study:

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Career Opportunities

This course is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a career in Accountancy, although some graduates may choose to utilise their accounting knowledge in conjunction with their primary degree. The course prepares students for employment in the accounting function of industry and with firms of professional accountants, as well as with other financial services employers. There are many different types of accounting roles, and Accountants today play a very strategic role within business.  

Accountancy offers a defined career path, while offering a range of employment options. The main types of accountants are Professional Accountants (who work in private practice) or Management Aaccountants (who work in companies), but there are many specialist roles such as Auditors and Taxation Consultants. Accountancy 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. 

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Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may progress to a Master of Accounting course, or to the examinations of the professional bodies

Essential Information: 

Entry requirements

  • Minimum entry requirement is a H2.2 in a non-accounting Level 8 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. International students are required to meet an English language standard equivalent to TOEFL (560) / IELTS (6.0)

Full-time applicants: Apply HERE

Part-time applicants:  Complete and return the direct application form (Click here) and the ACCM form (Click here).

  1. Closing date for applications is 31st May each year.
  2. Fees: €5,000 (EU Fee).  Non-EU Fee - Enquiries to GMIT International Office - 
  3. Upon successful completion of this course graduates may be entitled to exemption from the CAP 1 stage of the Chartered Accounting Ireland qualification and seven of the nine fundamental papers with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).   Click here for details of exemptions.  Guidance is provided in relation to the professional accounting bodies and their requirements.
  4. This programme is a full-time programme with approximately 25 class contact hours per week.  It is also possible to study this programme on a part-time basis over a number of years, but please note that classes are scheduled during the day with the full-time students.
  5. This programme includes practical training in computerised accounting packages.

A number of prizes are available to graduates of this programme:  

  • Grant Thornton awards a prize to the best overall student
  • The Irish Taxation Institute recognises the best tax student
  • BDO Limerick sponsors the prize for the best student in the financial accounting module
  • DHKN Limited sponsors the prize for the best student in the management accounting module

*** Scholarship ***

The scholarship is an excellent opportunity for graduates who wish to pursue the conversion course in Accounting. The scholarship includes;

  • A place on the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting programme commencing in September worth over €5,000.
  • All course materials, registration fees and exam fees.

The scholarship is a fee scholarship (fee waiver – no cash alternative).

How to Apply
Applicants must complete the online application form and submit a personal statement (no more than 600 words) outlining:

  • Why you are interested in a career in Accounting (Include information on any relevant experience and interests that have informed your desire to pursue the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting).
  • How will you use what you learn in the course?  (Please consider the impact to your future career intentions).

A character reference should also be submitted.

Who can apply
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have applied for the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting by the closing date of 31st May 2019.
  • Be eligible to apply for that programme – you must already hold an Honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline with at least a 2:2 award.

What are the next steps?
Review the rules of the scholarship and download an application form below.
Submit completed application form and personal statement by 5pm on Wednesday, 31st May, 2019 to Admissions office, GMIT, Dublin Rd Campus, Galway or by email to with the subject “Post Graduate Diploma Scholarship Application”.

What is the selection process?
A judging panel will use the application form and personal statement to shortlist for interview.
Successful candidates will be called to interview.

Important dates
Submission date for applications: 5pm on Thurs, 31st May, 2019.
Interviews:    Mid-June 2019.

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Contact Us

Eamon Walsh

Head of Department of Accounting & Information Systems

Phone:+ 353 (0) 91 74 2559

E-mail: Eamon Walsh


Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Graduation 2015Bernard Brennan presented with Best Student in Management Accounting Award by Robert Clinton of DHKN, Chartered Accountants, Galway.Paul Tuffy presented with Best Student in Taxation Award by Delma Carey on behalf of the Irish Tax Institute.Paul Tuffy presented with Best Student in the Postgraduate Diploma  Award by Raymond Holly on behalf of Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants, Galway.Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Graduation 2014Caomhan O'Connell presented with GMIT Academic Achievement Award by Nicholas Canny on behalf of RSM Farrell Grant SparksElisha Healy presented with Best Student in Financial Accounting Award by Raymond Holly on behalf of BDO Chartered Accountants LimerickCaomhan O'Connell presented with Best Student in Taxation Award by Louise Langan on behalf of Irish Taxation Institute