Economic & Financial Risk Analysis - Conversion Course

This course provides rigorous graduate level training in risk analysis to a standard appropriate to a professional practitioner. The prospective student is not required to have any prior background in economics or finance.

Entry requirements

An honours primary degree in any discipline is required. Students without any knowledge of finance and/or economics are strongly advised to have a good background in statistics and quantitative methods. For international students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHH68 2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career paths include positions in risk management and reporting in the corporate sector, capital adequacy and control for banking and insurance, central bank and other government roles, and risk management consulting for finance and industry.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Year 1: Margaret Hurley
Programme Director Year 2: Paul O'Sullivan
Admissions Director: Dr. Aedin Doris
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3927

Subjects taught

Course Structure
First year modules include financial accounting, advanced microeconomics, investments, international finance, derivatives, law and governance, money and banking. Second year modules include microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, financial economics, advanced derivatives, financial risk analysis, corporate finance, market microstructure, empirical finance and a work placement. To proceed to the second year of the program, students should achieve a mark of 60% or above in the first year. Students may be offered a Higher Diploma if they pass the first year with a mark lower than this.


The Department is strongly committed to the provision of high quality teaching programmes at postgraduate level. We place a high premium on quality teaching and personal contact with our students, ensuring that the students' experience at Maynooth University is both enjoyable and productive. Members of the Department publish in leading international journals and have strong links with industry and the business community, US multinationals, the Central Bank, hedge funds and fund management companies.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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