The programme offers an extensive training in the core areas of finance, such as Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance and Valuation, Derivatives securities, and Financial Risk Analysis; while also offering a Finance Live module, which will bring financial market participants and real financial market challenges to the classroom, giving students experience of critically evaluating real-world situations and solving problems. A novel Summer School in Data Management and Financial Analytics is designed to provide students with practical experience in software used across the industry. In combination, these modules deliver skills that will positively differentiate our graduates in the job market.

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In common with the world of finance, our MSc Finance is a fast-moving and challenging programme. To begin, we offer a preparatory Autumn School to integrate students from different backgrounds and ensure that all students have the required levels of Finance, Maths & Statistics to succeed in the programme. Students will also be introduced to computer skills essential to modern finance. We then have two semesters of taught modules, during which each module is taught over four days. These four days will be timetabled three to four weeks apart so that learning can occur between the individual teaching days and permits time for reflection on content and the completion of projects and tasks. Our new Summer School and capstone project complete the programme.

Subjects taught

The first year is an intensive and extensive introduction to the world of Economics and Finance. The aim is that by the year-end, students will be at the same level as a graduate of a BA/BBS/BSc graduate in Economics and/or Finance. Students will cover the basic concepts, empirical methods and applications in Investment, Derivatives, International Finance and Econometrics as well as choosing field courses of interest from a range of optional modules.

The second year builds upon this and is structured to be stimulating and challenging. Students take core modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Financial Economics, as well as specialised field modules that may include Financial Risk Analysis, Advanced Derivatives, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Market Microstructure, International Trade and Labour Economics. Students are also required to undertake an independent research thesis, which will be supervised by a staff member, by using skills attained from the taught modules.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will normally have:

A minimum 2.2 single honours (level 8) degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Maths or other quantitative discipline;

A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which one of the above disciplines constitute at least 50% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree.

Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be interviewed if they have:

A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which any of the above disciplines constitute between 20% and 49% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree;

A primary degree in any other discipline and have at least 5 years relevant work experience. This is done through the Maynooth University Procedure for Non-Standard Entrants and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2023


1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time.


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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Our MSc Finance is an ideal launch pad for a successful career in the global world of finance. The programme is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and adaptability to forge a successful and sustainable career in the Financial sector. Investment Banking, Stockbroking, Corporate Finance, Central Banking, and Derivatives trading are among the diverse career paths accessible to graduates.

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