Finance - Corporate Finance
The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship.
The course has been designed in conjunction with an industry course board to ensure it meets the corporate finance skills needs of employers. Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with business advisory, consultancy, corporate investment banking and venture capital firms.
The quality of the programme is demonstrated by its winning the Postgraduate Course of the Year in Business, Finance & Management in 2017.
The Professional Development module provides students with additional training in industry-relevant skills. This ranges from presentation skills to Excel training. There is a strong focus on teamwork and several modules have elements with team projects/assessments.
This is important preparation for the workplace. In the third semester, students have the choice to complete either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship. In the project students work under the supervision of an academic mentor while the corporate internship option allows students to explore their career options to make informed career choices.
This programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme and carries ACCA exemptions.
The CFA Institute University Recognition Programme status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).
- The CAIA academic partnership is granted to institutions who cover at least 60% of the entire CAIA curriculum as represented by the Core Knowledge Outline (CKO).
- ACCA has been assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation. Upon graduation from the programme students have exemptions from the following ACCA examinations: Accountant in Business (AB), Management Accounting (MA), Financial Accounting (FA) and depending on module selection Financial Management (FM).
The programme is taken in two parts set out below. Part I consists of a combination of examinations and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Project or a Corporate Internship to the value of 30 credits.
Why Choose This Course
The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. There are many reasons to choose this unique course, including the following:
It is a one-year course
The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017
The course has been running since 2009 and has a strong alumnus in Ireland and globally who understand the quality of course Graduates
You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course
The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry
It includes an Induction Week focused on developing business skills
You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus
A business research skills module is included
You will produce Corporate Finance Research Project or gain experience on a Corporate Internship
Throughout the course we will focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development
Applicants must normally have
a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme or
Expectation of graduating with a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
A Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.
Applicants who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), in either a business degree or a degree in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element, will be assessed on a case by case basis under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
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Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following question:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
What is your current occupation/speciality?
To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is assessed by a blend of formal examination and continuous assessment. A number of modules contain up to 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is either a research project or a corporate internship. This represents one third of the marks for the masters programme.
The programme is taken in two parts:
Part I consists of a combination of examinations and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits.
Part II consists of a Research Project or a Corporate Internship to the value of 30 credits. In total students take 90 credits as follows:
AC6101 Project Finance
AC6103 Capital Markets
AC6105 Risk Management
AC6106 Corporate Restructuring
AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting
AC6421 Performance Management, Risk and Control
FI6001 Treasury Risk Management
FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets
FI6005 Equity Valuation
FI6006 Professional Development
AC6128 Research Project or
AC6129 Corporate Internship
Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship
The final element of the course takes place in the summer term. Students have the choice of completing with an integrated research project or an internship.
In the research project, you have the opportunity to work in a team made up of your classmates, under the supervision of an academic mentor on a corporate finance issue. This project allows you to hone your analytical and professional skills.
If you chose the internship option, you will learn to apply your knowledge of finance in a work context, allowing you to learn through practice and to develop your critical writing and thinking skills through using the corporate internship as a site of inquiry, research and reflection. Students will undertake an internship with a relevant company in an area appropriate to the programme. To secure an internship place, students go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers.
Full details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar (MSc Corporate Finance).
1 year (12 months full-time)
Start Date 31 August 2020
Post Course Info
The course prepares you for careers in investment banking, large corporations, and business advisory firms. Graduates of the course will also enter careers in regulation, venture capital, and consultancy.
All the top international and national companies recruit students from UCC. The course management team spend a lot of time developing links with the top international companies with a particular focus both on Dublin and London and beyond.
Recognising that not all our graduates are interested in pursuing careers abroad or in Dublin we also actively foster relationships with the local business community in Munster.