Economics & Finance - Waterford

The Certificate in Economics and Finance is a Level 9 qualification (postgraduate/masters level). It will be a taught programme that comprises of six modules delivered over one academic year on a flexible basis.

This Certificate, whilst a stand-alone award, will draw on existing modules on the Masters in Business Studies (Economics and Finance).

It will equip candidates with advanced skills, knowledge and competencies in econometrics, financial derivatives, financial regulation, advanced financial analysis and interpretation as well as exposure to contemporary issues and their application to practice. Candidates will learn not only theory but will work with live data.

Consisting of six equally weighted modules candidates will learn not only the theory underpinning core phenomena but will also work with ‘live’ data. Contemporary issues are also central to this programme and candidates will hear from industry practitioners presenting on particular themes such as Brexit, Anti Money Laundering and Fintech. Additional seminars are devoted to career development.

Practice-based training will be central with candidates receiving specialised training in quantitative financial methods and monetary economics. The School has recently developed a new Finance lab fully equipped with a range of financial software, e.g-Refinitiv Eikon (financial database and analytics for the global financial community) StockTrak (a virtual trading platform) and use of the Financial Times), all of which will enhance candidates digital skills. Candidates will also get exposure to leading research being conducted in the Schools’ AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research. Particular topics of interest include financial regulation, green and sustainable finance- all of whom fit within the areas prioritised under the International Financial Services Strategy 2025 Ireland for Finance.

Delivery will take place over two semesters in a flexible format to facilitate those in employment. It will encompass lectures, workshops and seminars. Assessment methods will include projects, reflective pieces and written exams.

Programme delivery
The programme will be delivered one/two evenings per week and over a small number of Saturdays primarily in Kilkenny and on occasion in Waterford.

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used including lectures, workshops, seminars and lab based sessions to facilitate learning through participation, problem solving and reflection.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
Statistics for Data Analytics
Trading the Financial Markets
Contemporary Issues in Business

Semester 2
Corporate Financial Analysis
Financial Risk and Compliance Management
Monetary Economics

Entry requirements

•A H1 or 2.1 overall award in a strong specialist business/economics and finance undergraduate degree or a general business undergraduate degree with an economics and/or finance major/specialism.

•Students from a non-business degree (example – BA or a BSc) but with relevant economics/finance related modules may also be eligible.

•Graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the economics/finance related subjects may be considered.

•Students without a Level 8 qualification may qualify under RPL as per SETU Waterford academic guidelines on RPL.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements for details.

Application dates


Assessment Info

Assessment methods will include presentations, project work, reflective logs, written assignments as well as written exams at the end of each semester. Most of the modules are individually assessed with a minor element of group work involved in some modules.




1 year, flexible.

The programme will be delivered one/two evenings per week and over a small number of Saturdays primarily in Kilkenny and on occasion in Waterford.


Programme fees for the Certificate in Economics and Finance is €3,000.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE September 2024

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Progression Opportunities and Transfer Pathways
Successful completion of the Certificate in Economics and Finance will open up opportunities for graduates to progress in their careers.

Further study options for graduates, such as completing the Master of Business (Economics and Finance stream) will be open to graduates.

Graduates are employed in positions such as investment banking, corporate banking, trading/dealing, portfolio management, asset pricing, treasury, capital markets (equity, money, bond, FX and derivatives markets), risk management and financial analysis.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Weekend

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