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International Finance

Your course
This programme is specifically designed with dedicated courses to deepen your understanding of the forces driving the global economy and the operations of the international financial markets. The programme provides a rigorous foundation of the theory of international finance and the necessary technical skills used in applied financial markets analysis.

The programme includes such modules as: Macroeconomic Theory and Policy; International Finance; Financial Econometrics 1 (Time Series Analysis); Seminar in Financial Economics 1 (Portfolio Theory); Quantitative Methods in Finance; International Monetary Economics; Applied Portfolio Management; and Seminar in Financial Economics 2 (Derivatives and Risk Management). Students also complete a minor dissertation.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
QQI Level 8 honours degree or equivalent to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent. GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates with the skills taught in this programme are highly valued by commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions, by public institutions such as central banks and by multinational corporations. Employers of graduates of this programme include Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, First Derivatives, the European Central Bank and the Central Bank of Ireland. This programme can also be a stepping stone to a PhD programme.

Further enquiries

Dr Srinivasan Raghavendra
T: +353 91 495 025


1. Unique programme and specialisations: this is the only Master’s programme offered in Ireland that specialises in international finance.

2. The programme places special emphasis on current issues in international economic policy.

3. It concentrates on recent developments in the areas of multinational investment flows, the dynamics of exchange rates, risk management and asset pricing.

Assessment method

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/ May. A range of assessment methods are integrated and applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations, and computer simulation-based assignments. Students also submit a minor dissertation.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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