Business - International Financial Services - Carlow / Wicklow / Wexford

The applied nature of this programme is reflected in the combination of project management and data analysis alongside accounting and administration modules which focus on developing the student's knowledge of the International Financial Services Sector, fund management and all the regulatory requirements nationally, at EU level and at international levels.

All participants will improve their knowledge, numeracy skills, IT skills and commercial awareness of the industry.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion of this programme, students will have knowledge and understanding of the international financial services industry. The programme will also develop their intellectual and practical skills via the analysis and evaluation of funds administration, project management, data analytics and compliance.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Mutual Fund Accounting
AIF Fund Accounting
Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Financial Services
Project Management and Communications
Data Analysis and Risk
Industry Based Research Project

Exam Information
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2022. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2023.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an NFQ Level 7 or 8 Award, or equivalent, for entry to this programme. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the University policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). SETU Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Application dates

Course Code:
CWL23 Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services CARLOW Part-time

Please note that all postgraduate applications for taught programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow should be completed online via PAC (Postgraduate Application System)

It is important to note that each programme has a different PAC code based on award level, schedule and campus location.

Timetabled hours may include daytime, evening and Saturday classes.

Application Process - Taught Programmes

Please note that all Non-EU international student applicants must apply through our International Office. Please refer
to our website:
or alternatively email:

Application process steps

1. Choose your programme(s) from our prospectus or online postgraduate programme listing on the Institute website. It is very important that you review all of the following before applying:

• Entry requirements
• Supporting documentation requirements for your application
• Course modules and information
• Schedule and location (i.e. part-time or full time, and which campus you would like to attend)
• Fees
• Relevant PAC code (see above)
• Closing dates for applications.

Should you have any queries, or need further information on a particular programme of study, please contact the relevant programme director or head of department listed below.

2. Register with PAC online at and gather all supporting documentation required for your application (e.g. references, CV, personal statement etc.).

Scanned copies of your supporting documentation must be uploaded to Alternatively, supporting documentation can be posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway. Please note that supplementary documentation should be sent within 7 days of your online application. Documents must be in a clear format, of good quality and a readable size.

Poor quality/unreadable documents may affect the assessment of your application.

3. Apply online at
The PAC online application system is now open for new postgraduate applications for the academic year 2020/2021. This is an online application system that allows applicants, for a non-refundable fee of €50 paid directly to PAC, to apply for multiple postgraduate programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow. Applications will be considered in order of preference. If you are successful in receiving an offer on your first preference or first choice of programme, all other preferences will be excluded. Similarly, if you are unsuccessful in your first preference, then your second preference will be considered and so on.

Course selection may be from any of our Masters, Higher Diploma and Postgraduate Diplomas.

PAC may be contacted for support via email: pachelp@ or through the website. Applicants may contact Admissions via email:

To ensure a place on your chosen course we advise registering as soon as possible. Certain programmes are restricted to a limited number of applicants and places on these courses are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Late applications will be considered on a case-bycase basis.

Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to request that some applicants attend for interview to determine their suitability for individual programmes.

4. Review application status via the My Account section on the PAC website.

All applicants will be notified by email of changes to the status of their application. Alternatively, applicants may login online any time to the PAC system under the My Account section to view their application. Applicants who receive an offer have 14 days to accept or decline that offer. Applicants who accept must also pay a deposit of €500 within 14 days which may be paid online via the PAC system. This deposit is then offset against the full tuition fee.

5. Getting started
Applicants who accept their offer should keep up-to-date by logging onto the Institute website. Our academic year starts in September and academic timetables and other news and events will be posted on the website and on other social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Assessment Info

Exam information Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2019. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2020.


CWL23 Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 8 Credits 60


1 Year Part-time (2 evenings per week, 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year).


CWL23 Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services CARLOW Part-time €2,500

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Higher Diploma Programme Fee – €10,250

Post Course Info

Study & Career Opportunities
This programme will give graduates the basis and maturity to proceed to the Master of Business or other masters course related to the Financial Services Sector, depending on their general business experience.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Daytime,Weekend

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