Financial Services - Pathway

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Financial Services - Pathway

The Pathway to the MSc in Financial Services is a flexible way for you to master skills critical skills that are aligned to your career plans and that prepare you for tackling complex financial services management challenges.

If you’re an experienced professional who wants to deepen expertise in your chosen career while enhancing your strategic mindset, then this flexible MSc Pathway offers you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.

Who is it for?
The programme is ideal for financial services professionals who are in leadership positions, or who aspire to leadership roles.

The Pathway to MSc in Financial Services aims to develop expertise in your chosen areas of interest (e.g. Digital, Data, Culture, Risk Management, Retail Banking or Investment Funds) while fostering a strategic perspective to enable you to assess strategic alternatives, identify new growth opportunities, and solve complex problems in financial services.

The curriculum develops industry specific knowledge and research insights and utilises your practical experience to promote peer learning. An important aspect of the programme is the integration of technical skills and a focus on strategic challenges facing financial institutions to identify opportunities and threats arising in the global marketplace.

You will critically evaluate the implications of operating in a dynamic business environment and the challenges you face in developing and executing strategies to provide value added products, services and solutions as firms seek to create compelling value propositions to support sustainable competitive advantage

When you successfully complete this programme you will be awarded a MSc in Financial Services from UCD.
This is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Subjects taught

The routes to attaining the MSc in Financial Services award

There are two routes to attaining the MSc award. The first is to study the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning or the Graduate Diploma in Digital and Data Strategy in Financial Services and then the Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services.

The Graduate Diploma programmes are six module programmes that run over 18 months. Students must receive 2.2 or higher in the Graduate Diploma programmes to receive the MSc award at the end of their study.

On the second route, students must complete two of a number of Professional Diplomas from our postgraduate offerings and then the Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services.

Students complete individual Professional Diplomas on a stand alone basis, but need to complete all three Diplomas within seven years to be eligible for the MSc in Financial Services award.

Assessment Info

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written exams.

The pass mark is 40% in all modules in line with UCD academic policy.


Delivery is online.

Each 5 ECTS module comprises of up to 18 delivery hours per trimester and each 10 ECTS module comprises of up to 24 delivery hours per trimester.



•Ethics and Corporate Governance €1,100
•Risk Management in Financial Institutions €1,100
•Contemporary Issues in Financial Services €1,100
•Project Management €1,100
•Fostering an Innovative Environment €1,100
•Managing for Compliance €1,100
•Risk-Based Financial Management €1,300
•Behavioural Decision-Making €1,300
•Winning Business Negotiation Strategies €1,300

Enrolment dates

This programme enrols twice a year.

Post Course Info

Continuous Professional Development
If you hold an IOB designation or a designation managed by IOB, CPD hours may be awarded on successful completion of this programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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