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What will I learn?

Fintech is transforming financial services leading to the emergence of challenger digital banks, innovative fintech start ups and new and emerging technology companies, driving employment demand in the financial sector. UCD College of Business has a significant number of academics who are leaders in the area of financial data science and digital technology and financial services. Given this critical mass of academic expertise, a growing gap in the jobs market for professionals with excellent data and technological skills in a finance context it is opportune for us to launch a programme which will equip students with the market knowledge and financial data science skills to succeed in this new and emerging digital environment for banking and financial market transactions.

How will I benefit?

This is a new course at the cutting edge of emerging digital technologies and data analysis in Finance. The course will not only attract graduates from a number of different backgrounds but can also be tailored to a wide variety of academic and professional objectives, providing an enviable array of career options upon graduation. Students will benefit from practitioner inputs as well as international academic perspectives.


To achieve an MSc in Financial Data Science student’s complete a series of core modules over Trimester 1 and Trimester 2. In Trimester 3 students can complete either the industry internship; a FinTech incubator project; or take 3 additional option modules.

Autumn Trimester Spring Trimester Summer Trimester
  • Banking & Finance in the Digital Age
  • Programming for Financial Data Science
  • Financial Data Science
  • Machine Learning for Finance

           Details & links available in April.

Please be advised that option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change. Summer taught modules are delivered in blocks over one or two weeks.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.

Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

Being the first and only programme of this kind in Ireland, ICD is an innovative research-driven and theory-based intercultural intervention which aims to help you to stand out among the crowd by developing your Key 21st-century Skills. These skills are valued by companies, NGOs and governments around the world who operate internationally, together with national companies and organisations who employ and serve an increasing diverse population. The ICD programme, which is offered to all students at Smurfit, will strengthen your CV and give you an edge over graduates from other Business programmes in the global job market.

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Global Leadership Programme (GLP)

Our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of cocurricular activities i.e. development activities outside the modules you take on the Master's programme.

It's all about helping you become an impactful leader with a global mindset. This optional programme is designed to build your capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. When it comes to seeking employment and attending job interviews, the GLP will help give you an edge over other similarly qualified candidates and will considerably strengthen your CV.

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