Suitable for graduates with an educational track record in business, economics, finance or any degree with a significant quantitative element, this programme is a top 50 ranked programme by Financial Times (36 in 2018).
This programme is designed to give you advanced specialist knowledge and a practical understanding of finance theory and practice relevant to the financial services industry.
You will acquire the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as the skills required for a career in the financial services industry - in investment banks, commercial banks, fund management, insurance companies, securitisation and trading houses, stock brokers, and in finance divisions of firms in other industries.
The focus on empirical and theoretical finance research nurtures the desire to conduct independent research beyond completion of the programme, enabling graduates to remain up-to-date with changes in international financial markets.
The MSc in Finance receives special recognition from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). As our programme contains at least 70 percent of the CFA body of knowledge, you will benefit from a head start towards the internationally recognised CFA qualification.
The programme can be undertaken on a part-time basis, thus enabling current professionals with a business-related background to combine working life with study. However, if you are in full-time employment, employer support is essential to undertake the part-time option as it requires class attendance during the working day.
% Employed after 6 months
Full-Time Programme Duration
Part-Time Programme Duration
Based on class of 2017/18
34% / 66%
International class %
The Smurfit Experience
Want to find out more? Watch the videos below to gain deeper insight into the programme and campus life.
Masters Open Evening November 2018
UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre, Blackrock Campus
MSc Information Webinar November 2018
UCD Smurfit School on Tour in Vietnam, Japan & India
Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Tokyo, Delhi, Pune & Mumbai
Scholarships and Awards
The PWC Maitiú Breathnach Award, amounting to €1,000, is presented to the student on the MSc Finance programme with the best overall performance in semester 1.
- Musgraves award a prize of €1,000 to the top student each year.