Program Overview

The Master of Taxation aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of taxation theory, law and practice as applied to individuals and corporate entities both nationally and internationally.  It also provides an opportunity for students to progress to study for the leading Irish professional tax qualification, AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), and become a member of the Irish Tax Institute.

The practice of taxation, both domestically and globally, has grown significantly in complexity and importance over the last two decades, creating exciting and dynamic opportunities nationally and internationally for tax experts.  The Master of Taxation was developed by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Kemmy Business School in collaboration with the Irish Tax Institute, in response to the expressed needs of the tax profession.  It offers students the opportunity to be educated in tax in a holistic, integrated and sustainable manner.  Graduates from the programme will be entitled to exemptions from Part 1 (full) and Part 2 (partial) of the Irish Tax Institute professional exams, subject to minimum grade requirements.  

Taxation is technical and interdisciplinary, taking in elements of law, economics, computational techniques, social sciences and critical theory.  The Master of Taxation creates a distinctive opportunity for students to take their knowledge of taxation beyond the practice of compliance and planning to a deeper understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline.  



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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The Master of Taxation is a one-year, full-time programme. The programme consists of ten taught modules, completed over two academic semesters and a research dissertation that will be completed during the summer semester.


A variety of educational approaches will be employed in the delivery of the programme including interactive lectures and tutorials, guided reading, small group team work, seminars and workshops, e-learning and action learning through case studies and guest speakers from industry.  Approximately a quarter of the student workload will be taken up by formal contact hours.  The remainder of the student workload should be divided between independent and private study and the preparation of projects and examinations.

Autumn Semester

  • TX6001 Personal Taxes
  • TX6012 Indirect Taxes
  • TX6021 Revenue Law
  • TX6041 Seminar Series 1
  • FI6171 Research Methods in Business
  • CO6001 Professional Development 1
  • AC6061 Financial Analysis & Governance

Spring Semester

  • TX6002 Capital Taxes
  • TX6011 Business Taxes
  • TX6022 Principles of International Tax
  • TX6042 Seminar Series 2
  • FI6112 Research Methods in Finance 2
  • CO6002 Professional Development 2

Elective Module (choose 1)

  • SG6002 Corporate Responsibility
  • IN6052 Risk Analytics and Big Data
  • EC6052 International Economic Issues
  • MN6041 Project Management in Practice 
  • PM6072 Leadership, Influence & Change
  • FI6091 Wealth & Portfolio Management

Summer Semmester

  • Dissertation

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline (for example, business/commerce or law) or the overseas equivalent as determined by the Programme Team in consultation with University of Limerick Graduate School Admissions.  Where English is not the first language of candidates, certified demonstrable achievement in TOEFL English Competency Test will be required.  In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience.  Candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process to determine their suitability for the programme.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

This Masters programme will prepare graduates to pursue a variety of careers in the tax profession and progress to study for the professional qualification, AITI Tax Consultant, and/or to engage in further tax research.


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