Business in Finance

The Higher Diploma in Business in Finance will provide candidates with the integrated theoretical and practical knowledge and skillset required for decision making within the modern and dynamic financial services sector. Candidates will gain a fundamental understanding of the key theories, concepts and tools used within the international financial services sector. They will have a critical awareness of the economic and regulatory framework within which the sector operates. They will possess the analytical and multiperspective mind-set which allows them exercise appropriate judgements in evaluating the operational challenges facing the international financial services sector.

Who is the course for?
The course is for those candidates from a non-cognate area of study who wish to embark on a career in financial services. The higher diploma will provide non-cognate degree holders with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the key tenets of finance and its attendant fields.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a level 8 honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a noncognate field of study to 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.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Semester 1
. Financial Markets and Institutions
. Economics
. Statistical Methods for Finance

Semester 2
. Corporate Finance
. Financial Accounting and Reporting
. Law and Governance

The course content as shown above is for indicative purposes. The college reserves the right to re-order the schedule of modules offered.


1 year.

Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18.00 - 22.00 and Saturdays

Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.


The cost of this course is €3,500 total fee.
(Fees revised annually)

You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 15/09/2020

Post Course Info

For those wishing to progress to NCI's MSc in Finance, candidates must attain a 2.2 or higher to be eligible for consideration.

The Higher Diploma in Business in Finance will also offer candidates the opportunity to progress to other level 9 finance courses on the NFQ.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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