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Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems (MSc)

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Programme Description

The MSc (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems) or MIMAS is a full-time degree running for 15 months from the date of first registration. It includes a six-month industrial internship. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials in a variety of subjects relevant to both management accounting and Information Systems (IS).

The IS courses will give you an appreciation of how technology can be used to support the operations and transactions of modern organisations. The management accounting courses will provide you with a thorough understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques and how these can be used to support managerial decision-making.

MIMAS is a challenging postgraduate degree course. The employment record of the degree is excellent, with graduates from this course currently employed in a variety of positions, including: management consultant, project manager, business analyst, business intelligence analyst, management accountant and financial accountant.

Students undertake taught modules to the value of 60 credits, undertake an applied research project to the value of 10 credits, complete a group based research project to the value of 10 credits and also complete a graduate industrial placement to the value of 10 credits. In the event of a placement not being secured an unplaced student will undertake project work of an equivalent credit value as specified by the Head of Department.

Credits

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I

  • AC6002 Introduction to Accounting Information (5 credits)
  • AC6006 Introduction to Cost Management (5 credits)
  • AC6007 Cost Management Practices (5 credits)
  • AC6008 Performance Management & Control (5 credits)
  • AC6010 Design of Budgetary Control Systems (5 credits)
  • AC6011 Analysis of Accounting Information (5 credits)
  • IS6125 Database Analysis and Design (5 credits)
  • IS6126 Databases for Management Information Systems (5 credits)
  • IS6200 Introduction to Business Programming (5 credits)
  • IS6217 Programming for Business (5 credits)
  • IS6218 Understanding business processes (5 credits)
  • IS6219 Technologies and Systems Enabling Enterprise Reporting Solutions (5 credits)


Part II

  • AC6012 Industrial Internship (10 credits)
  • IS6215 Business Research and Communication Skills (10 credits)
  • IS6216 Applied Research Project (10 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Why Choose This Course

This course is unique in being the only master’s level course in Ireland that focuses on both accounting and information systems. The course content is tailored to industry requirements, with frequent site visits, guest speakers and case studies. The graduate placement opportunities are unparalleled in Ireland in terms of the profile of the companies, the international scope, and the full-time positions open to students on completion. It is an invaluable launch-pad for careers in international business and entrepreneurship.

Skills and Careers Information

You will acquire the skills to steer organisational performance and monitor financial health, analyse historic data to predict future trends, and budget and forecast. In parallel, you will learn to design and build information systems from a process, database and user interface perspective. You will be introduced to business intelligence and data analytics, and you will gain important communication skills.

MIMAS students become business analysts, accountants, auditors and information systems professionals.

Study Abroad

There are national and international placement opportunities available. The MIMAS course is unique in having cultivated an international reputation for the calibre of our students, and we have strong relationships with placement companies and employers in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. Across the Atlantic, students have been placed in organisations in New York and Seattle. Strong links are maintained with the financial services industry in Luxembourg. Post-graduation, a growing contingent of Chinese students have opened up the possibility of careers in China.

 

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Learning Outcomes

For MSc (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Apply management accounting techniques to support organisational decision-making;
  • Analyse management information needs and develop appropriate process automation and business intelligence solutions.

 

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Practicalities & Assessment

This course consists of traditional classroom-based lectures in addition to a series of computer practical sessions. You will also gain experience of seminars, industrial site visits, guest lectures, student presentations to (and feedback from) leading industry experts etc.

On average, you can expect 25 contact hours per week (i.e. lectures/practical sessions) with the remainder of your time spent researching and completing projects and assignments.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course. In addition to the traditional end-of-year written examinations, you will undertake a series of individual and group assignments and projects during the year in the areas of both management accounting and information systems.

In addition, an applied research project is undertaken in groups by all students during the second teaching term, culminating with a series of group presentations to leading industry experts who in turn provide invaluable feedback and advice to each student group.

The IS6215 Business Research and Communications Skills module (10 credits), which forms part of the course syllabus, is an invaluable tool for you in preparing for such presentations.

Who teaches this course?

This course is taught by a team of dedicated and experienced academics who all have relevant industrial experience, either in management accounting and/or information systems. The majority of the teaching team also have PhDs which facilitates them in guiding your research efforts.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Part I

  • Introduction to Accounting Information

    Part I

    Introduction to Accounting Information (AC6002)

    This course concentrates on introducing participants to the fundamental principles of Accountng for decision making.

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  • Introduction to Cost Management

    Part I

    Introduction to Cost Management (AC6006)

    The objective of this module is to provide students with a thorough understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques, together with key interpretive, critical and communication skills.

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  • Cost Management Practices

    Part I

    Cost Management Practices (AC6007)

    The objective of this module is to provide students with a through understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques for cost management, together with key interpretive, critical and communication skills.

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  • Performance Management & Control

    Part I

    Performance Management & Control (AC6008)

    This course will focus on combining traditional perspectives on accounting with recent developmets in advanced manufacturing and service industries, competitor and strategic analyses and investment appraisal.

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  • Design of Budgetary Control Systems

    Part I

    Design of Budgetary Control Systems (AC6010)

    This module aims to develop students' organisationa decision making skills by focusing on the tactical and strategic roles of accounting in modern firms.

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  • Analysis of Accounting Information

    Part I

    Analysis of Accounting Information (AC6011)

    This course concentrates on developing student's knowledge of accounitng analysis with a view of effective organisational decision making.

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  • Database Analysis and Design

    Part I

    Database Analysis and Design (IS6125)

    To provide students with the concepts and skills required to analyze organizational activities, information flows and to subsequently create the data models required to support these activities.

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  • Databases for Management Information Systems

    Part I

    Databases for Management Information Systems (IS6126)

    To provide students with the concepts and skills required to create database structures and to develop business reports to support decision making.

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  • Introduction to Business Programming

    Part I

    Introduction to Business Programming (IS6200)

    The objective of this course is to give students an understanding of the basic tenets of structured programming techniques.

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  • Programming for Business

    Part I

    Programming for Business (IS6217)

    The objective of this course is to give students the skills to design and develop computer applications for business.

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  • Understanding business processes

    Part I

    Understanding business processes (IS6218)

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of how organisational activities may be conceptualised as visual processes to collect information for operational and managerial visibility

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  • Technologies and Systems Enabling Enterprise Reporting Solutions

    Part I

    Technologies and Systems Enabling Enterprise Reporting Solutions (IS6219)

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of enterprise systems and their significance from an accounting perspective. In addidtion, skills for manipulating data for analysis, presentation and reporting purposes will be taught.

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Part II

  • Industrial Internship

    Part II

    Industrial Internship (AC6012)

    To complement classroom teaching with exposure to institutional work processes in financial services, technology and other relevant organisations. In addition students will be required to submit a report based upon their own particular industrial interns

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  • Business Research and Communication Skills

    Part II

    Business Research and Communication Skills (IS6215)

    This module is aimed at developing students' interpersonal and communication skills as well as developing students' capacity for professional writing and reporting by examining business issues and topics within the areas of both Accounting and Information

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  • Applied Research Project

    Part II

    Applied Research Project (IS6216)

    This module gives students practical experience of an Accounting Information Systems project.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

This course is open to all graduates with at least a 2H2 degree, except graduates from degrees with high levels of software development and management accounting content (e.g. BSc Business Information Systems, BSc Accounting).  Candidates who do not meet or achieve the 2H2 standard may be admitted to the programme on the basis of significant practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department and subject to the approval of the School of Business.

It is important to apply early as we anticipate the course will be over-subscribed. if your application is successful at this stage you will receive an offer or (if you have not yet received your final exam results) a conditional offer.  If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.  Students on this waiting list get priority over later applicants.  If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list, and your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.  If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKL05 Supplementary Questions.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

MSc MIMAS Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Skills Will I Acquire? 

The programme provides students with a thorough understanding of Information Technology and Accounting incorporating a strong focus on problem solving, analytical, development and management skills.

  • What Are the Employment Opportunities? 

Graduates are highly attractive to employers in a diverse range of functions given the combination of high level theoretical and practical skills acquired both in the classroom and through industrial experience. The employment record of the degree is excellent with MIMAS graduates currently employed in a variety of roles including IT Consultancy, Web Design, Financial Analysis, Business Analysis, College Lecturing, Bank Management, Research and Management Accountancy. 

Many MIMAS graduates take up positions with their placement organizations after graduation while others pursue careers in a variety of leading international firms in professional and financial services, information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, consulting and academia. Recent employers of graduates include SES Astra (Luxembourg), Bank of Ireland, AIB, EMC, Intel, Ernst & Young (Dublin and Cork), Johnson and Johnson, State Street Bank.

  • What Kind of Background Should I have? 

Minimal exposure to Computing or Accounting is required. This programme complements the basic skills that students have acquired in their primary degree programmes. Programming in particular is taught from the ground up to a high standard. Those who may wish to pursue a career in accounting after completion of the programme can obtain details of current exemptions at:http://www.cimaglobal.com/ 

  • What Are The Entry Requirements? 

Candidates must hold a primary degree, having achieved Second Class Honours Grade 2, or better. Full details and conditions are contained in the UCC Calendar.

  • What are the fees for this programme? 

Please refer to the UCC fees office website for the most up to date fees schedule

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