This four year Honours Degree programme offers an advanced specialist education in accounting as a firm base for either further academic study, a career in business or the pursuit of a professional qualification with one of the accountancy bodies. Graduates will have a strong sense of the effects of accounting and management decisions on consumer well-being and the environment while balancing ethics and social responsibility with the drive for business growth and profitability. CIT offers Accounting students the benefit of small class sizes initially which assist with a smoother transition from second level and all CIT Accounting lecturers have professional qualifications and relevant industry experience.
The Accounting function provides timely, relevant and accurate information to the management of the business. This information is also used to assess the financial ‘health’ of the business and to make plans for the future. Accountants are involved in making many decisions necessary for the efficient operation of a business. Therefore, a well-run accounting function is critically important to the long-term management of a business.
Upon successful completion of the Honours Degree, graduates with excellent exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies can enter industry or practice (i.e. work for a firm of accountants).
Suitably qualified graduates may apply to the CIT Master of Science in Applied Accounting which is offered on a part-time study mode basis. Graduates of this MSc programme will have one further year of training with their employer, after which they will be eligible to apply for membership of CPA Ireland.
Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad
What do I need to do after qualifying in CR 400 to become an accountant?
After attaining your BBus (Honours) in Accounting, you need to fulfil the additional requirements of the Accountancy Body with which you wish to qualify. This typically requires 3 to 3½ years relevant work experience and additional examinations.
Will I receive exemptions from the main professional bodies?
Yes. The BBus (Honours) in Accounting currently has excellent exemptions for Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and Certified Public Accountants. These exemptions ensure that our graduates can minimise the number of exams necessary to qualify as an accountant after completing their Honours Degree.
If I did not study Accounting at Leaving Certificate, can I study Accounting CR 400?
Yes. You do not have to have studied Accounting for the Leaving Certificate as all modules in Year 1 assume no prior knowledge of content.
What career options are available other than a professional accountant?
Accountancy is a relevant background for any career in business. Many leading CEOs have an accountancy qualification. Accounting graduates can work in management, finance, insurance, banking, risk and compliance, project management, management consultancy, teaching and lecturing.