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Governance & Compliance in Financial Services

Is this the course for you?
This is a one year conversion course for graduates into the financial services industry. No previous knowledge of financial services is required or assumed. The programme aims to meet the legal, governance and IT aspects of the compliance needs of financial service companies and has been developed in collaboration with a number of key employers from the financial services industry.

The Higher Diploma is designed to enhance skills, judgement and ability to deal with practical issues in the management and practice of compliance in the financial services industry.

The programme introduces graduates to the legal, governance and IT aspects of compliance and to their application to the financial services industry.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in Legal, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2). Applications will also be accepted from candidates holding a qualification as a barrister or a solicitor in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).lds deemed equivalent to a Level 8 award.


1 year

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
• Financial Services
• Banking
• Insurance
• Pensions

Graduate careers typically include:
• Anti-Money Laundering Officer/ Supervisor/Manager
• Corporate Governance Manager
• Compliance Manager
• Case Analyst
• Internal Auditor

Follow-on courses
• Masters degrees at LYIT and in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Anne Burke, Head of Department of Law & Humanities
E- Mail:
Telephone: (074) 9186204

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules
Semester 1
• Financial Services (M)
• Auditing (M)
• Information Systems Fundamentals (M)
• Regulation, Governance and Ethics (M)

Semester 2
• Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Compliance (M)
• IT Governance and Risk Management (M)
• Information Systems Auditing (M)
• Work Placement (M)

(M) = Mandatory

Enrolment and start dates

This course begins in September each year.

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