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What will I learn?

Acquisition of applied theoretical research and the essential practical skills for a future career in financial services. Particular emphasis is placed upon the study of corporate finance and investment markets.

A wide-ranging curriculum develops and tests graduates comprehension of management principles, market operations and functions, and the risks inherent in investment management, enabling them to comprehend the entire management and strategic contexts in which financial decision-making is taken.

A firm grasp of financial processes and procedures as well as the knowledge and skills (both professional and personal) necessary for a career in financial services, from investment and commercial banks through to insurance companies and trading houses and stock brokerage.

In the summer term, a choice from a range of summer term modules, or a dedicated research project.

A limited Summer Internship Programme is also offered.

How will I benefit?

The programme has been carefully devised to challenge graduates on theoretical and practical levels via a wide-ranging curriculum that will provide them with the knowledge and skill set sought by recruiting companies from the industry.

  1. Recruitment: graduates go on to be recruited by such global companies as the Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Fidelity and most of the leading Irish finance houses including Davys, Goodbodys, Bank of Ireland, Irish Life .
  2. CFA Partner: due to the course comprising 70% of the requirements for the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification, graduates receive special recognition with the CFA Institute and benefit from a head start towards the internationally-recognised CFA qualification.
  3. Ranked Programme: as a ranked programme (FT Top 50) programme, the MSc (Finance) has a significant standing amongst international employers.
  4. Breadth and Depth of Curriculum: a wide-ranging curriculum develops and tests graduates’ comprehension of financial management principles, market operations and functions, and the risks inherent in investment management, enabling them to comprehend wide-ranging management and strategic contexts relating to financial decision-making necessary for a career in financial services.
  5. Global Student and Alumni Network: over 50% of the student body is international, presenting opportunities to work with peers globally and to participate in a global Alumni network.

 

Curriculum

The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats of this course comprise core modules covering many aspects of finance management and capital markets.

In the summer term, students can choose from summer term modules, or a dedicated research project.

The school also runs a Limited Internship Programme. The internship positions enable you to gain practical work experience in the financial services sector while gaining valuable knowledge and skills under the guidance of industry professionals. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Term

Pathway A:

Taught modules (choose any two of the list below)

Pathway B: Applied Investment Management (Internship)

Pathway C: Research Project

 

The MSc Finance programme is aimed at pre-experience graduate students with a background in economics, finance and business to prepare them for a career in the financial services industry. Notwithstanding a number of part-time students with industry experience also undertake the programme. The purpose of the
programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills and confidence necessary to the pursuit and enhancement of a career in the global financial services industry, whether in investment banking, corporate finance stock brokerage and related fields (Purpose).

The educational values of the programme are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to: appreciate the range of capital markets, institutions and financing instruments that facilitate the funding of corporate investment activity; critically evaluate corporate financial information in order to make strategic  investment decisions; apply statistical analysis techniques to the valuation and management of portfolios of financial securities; evaluate and manage financial risk and return across portfolios of financial securities; and, incorporate an ethical imperative in financial decision making. The programme is externally accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

The learning environment consists of both theoretical and applied components. Lectures comprise a combination of theory and practice including case studies. Students engage in autonomous learning though individual assignments including literature reviews. Team work is also encouraged through presentations of data analysis and case studies. Students also have access to state of the art financial databases in a designated dataroom. An optional internship programme is also integrated into the programme (the nature of the learning environment for students). The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods such as lectures presentations, project work, group work, case studies and work placements.

Modules are presented mainly by academics and are also complemented by practitioners with significant industry experience who contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum. Assessment strategies include traditional exams, case study presentations and written reports (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

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