This course is structured to provide international quality education in finance for students with an interest in and an aptitude for finance but no necessary prior background.

Entry requirements

An honours primary degree in any discipline is required. Students without any knowledge of finance 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.


MHH74 2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career paths include investment and retail banking, financial services, treasury management, stockbroking, actuary and insurance services and economic research.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Year 1: Margaret Hurley
Programme Director Year 2: Dr Paul O'Sullivan
Admissions Director: Dr Aedín Doris
Tel: +353 (0)1 7083927

Subjects taught

Course Structure
First year modules include money and banking, advanced microeconomics, investments, international finance and advanced financial accounting. Second year modules include microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, advanced derivatives, corporate finance, market microstructure, financial economics and a research thesis. 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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