MSc in Finance

The MSc in Finance has been designed in consultation with industry to provide candidates with the advanced analytical, statistical and financial skills for decision making within the modern and dynamic financial services sector.

Course Overview

Graduates will be accomplished in the application of advanced quantitative tools and financial models and techniques within a range of business and financial settings. In particular, the course will provide graduates with the techniques and applied knowledge necessary to select, analyse and utilise advanced financial concepts within the setting of investment management and capital markets.

The learning environment for the course is practical and applied in nature and on completion graduates will be able to think independently, make informed and effective decisions and proactively troubleshoot financial and technical business problems.

Graduates from the MSc in Finance will be able to apply advanced research skills and critically evaluate seminal, as well as contemporary literature, paradigms and concepts which underpin the operation of international capital markets and the investment management process.

Who is the course for?

The course is for those wishing to embark on a career in investment management or individuals in all areas of financial management who wish to progress their career.

Award and Progression

The Master of Science in Finance is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and in some cases progression to taught doctoral courses at level 10 on the NFQ.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a level 8 honours degree (min 2.2) in finance or a cognate field of study. Applicants who hold a level 8 honours qualification in a noncognate field will be required to undertake the Higher Diploma in Business in Finance and, on successful completion and attainment of a 2.2 qualification or higher, will be eligible to apply for the MSc in Finance.

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a written application and/or interview.


The course extends over 1 academic year. This is 2 semesters of 13 weeks.

Indicative Schedule

An indication of the schedule of class days and times is Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18.00 - 22.00 and some Saturdays.

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