Financial Intelligence & Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Intelligence and Technology is delivered by DCU Business School in association with IFS Skillnet and is designed for people who want to add modern financial techniques and innovation expertise to their existing finance experience.

This digital finance competency will enable students to transition to emerging roles that require this knowledge, and to position themselves as champions of this new approach to finance in the workplace. The financial innovation skillset that this programme develops will also work in terms of kickstarting entrepreneurial approaches to finance, both in a start-up sense and within firms.

This level 9, postgraduate programme is provided through online distance learning, which means that students can achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments.

We also develop a richer understanding of who the financial customer is – a behavioural and design aspect which is vital in terms of customer willingness to adapt new financial services and products. Lastly, we incorporate a deep understanding of the FinTech industry driven by our research and industry expertise and blend this industry perspective with DCU Business School’s innovation and entrepreneurial focus.

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Intelligence and Technology is designed to be highly practical with an immersive learning application at its core. It is a new approach to financial education to suit the new approach to finance that FinTech encompasses. To that end the course has been developed by both the finance department and the Irish Institute for Digital Business (IIDB), in conjunction with industry expert advice.

Subjects taught

The programme consists of four microcredential modules, delivered as two modules in Period 1 and two modules in Period 2.

These microcredentials are:
FinTech – Financial Technology and Innovation
Data Science for Finance
Financial Machine Learning and Automation
Design and User Experience for FinTech

Entry requirements

For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Financial Intelligence and Technology candidates must hold :
• A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline eg. Finance, Business or Information Technology, or equivalent international qualification.

• A 2:1 Honours degree in a non-relevant discipline, along with at least 2 years of relevant finance work experience.

• Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree may still obtain a place. This will depend on the availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme.

• A Level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least 3 years relevant managerial work experience.

• Chartered membership of a relevant financial education institution (please contact us to check)

• Evidence of substantial relevant managerial work experience. Such applicants will be required to submit a CV and Personal Statement in support of their application and may be required to attend for interview.

• International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. Please see link…

Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme.

Application dates

For September 2024 intake:
Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.
Closing date for non EU applicants was 1st July 2024.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

All applicants should apply via college website - view Application Weblink above.

• Provide Level 8 Academic Transcripts in a relevant discipline (Finance, Business, Information Technology or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
• Provide Level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with a detailed CV detailing at least two years relevant finance work experience.
• Provide Level 7 qualification in a subject in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with a detailed CV detailing at least three years relevant managerial work experience.

• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link


1 year Part-time.
Fully Online.

Enrolment dates

Intake: September 2024

Post Course Info

The way that financial organisations compete and conduct business has changed drastically as a result of the rapid development of FinTech. It is, therefore, increasingly important to have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that the digital technologies may generate, and to understand the new dynamics in the financial market. This qualification will position you to take advantage of these opportunities.

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    Graduate Certificate

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    Part time

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