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 the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017. In deciding the winner judges stated that the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) "100% employment rate - very strong. The corporate internship is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience."
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 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme or
-Expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
-A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.
Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree, 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.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
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.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
AC6101 Project Finance
AC6103 Capital Markets
AC6105 Risk Management
AC6106 Corporate Restructuring
AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
AC6110 Business Research Skills
AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting
FI6001 Treasury Risk Management
FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets
FI6005 Equity Valuation
FI6006 Professional Development
AC6111 Research Project or
AC6123 Corporate Internship
Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship
The final element in 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 will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your classmates, under the supervision of an academic mentor on a corporate finance issue. The output from this project will include a detailed report and a presentation. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both 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.
Full details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
1 year full-time.
Start Date 31 August 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
The course prepares you for careers in investment banking, large corporates 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. To date, the following companies have recruited students from the course:
Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
Bank of Ireland
Ernst & Young
Standard and Poor's (London)
The Central Bank.
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.