Business Finance

Programme Overview
The economic uncertainties of today's world make it imperative for non-financial managers to have a firm grasp of the financial consequences of business decisions. With volatility in financial markets and margins narrowing from highly competitive trading conditions, mid- to senior-level executives need to be aware of how investment and funding decisions can affect the value of an organisation.

Designed to equip participants with the necessary tools and knowledge to understand the financial consequences of business decisions, this diploma will enable non-financial managers to communicate effectively with those in senior accounting and finance positions ensuring that all of the organisation's functions are better integrated, significantly boosting the firm's overall value.

This diploma will provide participants with a renewed ability to integrate a financial approach into their business decision-making. In doing so, they will contribute to ensuring a sound financial basis for implementing all of their organisation's strategic plans and decisions.

Who is it For?
•Managers with a minimum of 5 years' management experience
•High-potential mid-level executives ready to assume greater responsibilities;
•Experienced functional or technical specialists currently transitioning towards general management;
•General managers, country managers or business unit heads;
•Managers of large/complex projects across teams, functions or borders

Programme Benefits
Upon completion of this programme, participants will have acquired a deeper understanding of how to interpret and use financial reports to make better business decisions and obtain a broader understanding of corporate finance to better assess the value of strategic decisions, including investment projects and acquisitions.

Specifically, the programme will help participants:
•Understand how the economic outcomes of business decisions are reflected in an organisation's financial reports;
•Communicate more effectively with their CFO and financial executives;
•Understand business valuation techniques;
•Hone the ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of competitors by analysing their financial statements;
•Improve their ability to use financial information in managerial decision-making
•Assess the desirability and value of investment projects, corporate assets, and whole companies (acquisitions) ;
•Understand the impact of operating decisions on financial performance.

Programme Structure
This programme is delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10–month period. Workshops are held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The programme structure is designed in order to facilitate busy work/lifestyles and to assist participants with incorporating study into their working lives while enhancing their contribution as a member of the management team.

Entry requirements

Participants should have at least 5 years management experience and hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but whose depth of industry/organisational experience, deems them suitable participants.

Assessment Info

Assessments and Workload
This programme involves no examinations – instead the emphasis throughout is on the practical application of knowledge to your personal and organisation's benefit. Participants are assessed on a module-by-module basis through a variety of practical assignments. Assessment workload is spread across the duration of the programme to allow you to combine learning with work and life demands. In order to accelerate learning, between modules participants are expected to complete assigned reading from texts, cases and articles. All continuous assessment is completed by participants either individually or in groups and this is set out in the study guide for each module. Some modules require pre-coursework in addition to the post-coursework which is set for each taught modules.

Subjects taught

Module 1 Understanding Financial Statements
Module 2 The Financing Landscape
Module 3 Revenue and Cost Analysis
Module 4 Key Financial Decisions
Module 5 International Financing
Module 6 Corporate Financing Issues




12 months. 6 x 2 day modules.

The diploma programme is demanding and participants should be free of other responsibilities on the days of the workshops. 100% attendance is required.


2018 Tuition Fees
The fee for the 2018 intake of €7,750 or €7,363* (*UCD Business Alumni discount) is a comprehensive cost that includes your tuition, all course-related materials, lunches and refreshments while on campus, access to the UCD libraries etc. There are no additional overheads. We offer staged payments and there is no interest charged for choosing this option.

*Important Notice: All open enrolment part-time diploma programme fees will increase by 2.5% from September 2019

In line with University Finance Guidelines, fees will increase by 2.5% from September 2019. This fee increase will apply to the Diploma in Business Finance. A 5% discount on tuition fees is available to UCD Business Alumni.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 8th November 2018.

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What is the MSc Pathway?
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