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Accounting - Conversion Programme

Dublin Institute of Technology


  • Dublin


  • Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Course Start Date: September 2014.

Application Date

Closing Date: 30 April 2014

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1 year full-time. Up to 20 hours per week.

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Financial Support

Funding for Courses:
(i) Higher Education Grants
Postgraduate Students:
Students entering new postgraduate courses from September 2012 onwards will make their online application to SUSI.

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is the newly appointed body for student grants in Ireland who operate an online grant applications system accessible at studentfinance.ie.

(ii) VEC Scholarships
For up-to-date information go to Dept of Education Website or Studentfinance.ie

(iii) Sponsorship by Employers
Employers may sponsor an employee to pursue postgraduate studies by research within the Institute, or to attend a postgraduate course. Arrangements are made between the employer, the employee and the Contact person in the relevant School or Research Centre of the Institute. The work may be related to a problem identified by an employer as being of particular interest to her/his firm and expertise and facilities of the Institute may be of particular assistance in its investigation and solution.

(iv) Other Sources of Funding
Many International students studying in Ireland are sponsored by their own government or through other international scholarship programmes. In most cases applications should be made through the Ministry of Education in the student's home country. In the case of UK nationals only they should also contact the Irish Embassy in London for information.

The Irish Council for International Students administers Study Fellowships under the Irish Aid Programmes for students for Priority Aid Countries. Please refer to http://www.icosirl.ie/ for further information. International students are also advised to refer to the Website of the International Education Board Ireland, http://www.educationireland.ie/ which gives information on scholarship sources.

(v) Studentfinance.ie
Studentfinance.ie is a website that has information on financial support for further and higher education. It lists the several financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you progress through further and higher education.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an honours degree (minimum of 2.2 honours or better) in a discipline other than accounting. Due to competition for places on the programme, firm offers will be made to candidates on an 2.1 or higher and offers will be made to 2.2 graduates should there be places available.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Course Content

What is a Postgraduate Conversion Programme?
A conversion programme enables graduates of one discipline to acquire a qualification in a different discipline at Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Level. Having studied a particular degree you may decide that you wish to change your career path and consider undertaking a conversion programme at DIT.

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response.

Applications are invited for this intensive one year full-time conversion programme for non-accounting graduates wishing to pursue a career as professional accountants.

Holders of the award receive significant examination exemptions from the main professional accountancy bodies operating in Ireland and will be well prepared for the latter stages of their programmes. (Details of exemptions will be found in the relevant accounting body's literature or website).

Who Should Apply?
Conversion Programme:
Aimed at non-accounting graduates wishing to pursue a career as professional accountants. Those successfully completing this programme gain attractive exemptions from the examinations of the main accounting bodies operating in Ireland.

Subjects Taught

Financial accounting
Management accounting

Business information systems
Business Law
Financial management
Management science

Assessment Method

By written examination.

Careers or Further Progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the PgDip Accounting get a full exemption from CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1) examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland subject to performance in specific modules in the programme. Graduates also get exemptions from modules F1 to F5 inclusive plus F7 and F8 of the ACCA syllabus subject to performance in specific modules in the programme.

Most graduates pursue careers as professional accountants (either practising or in industry/commerce) following appropriate training.

Further Enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
Dr Joseph Coughlan
School of Accounting and Finance
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: 01 402 7068
F: 01 402 3003
E: Joseph.Coughlan@dit.ie

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