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What is... Finance?
Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.
This programme will be offered on a full-time basis (mid-September to end May). It is designed for honours (2H2 or higher) graduates of disciplines other than Finance. It is a conversion programme and no previous knowledge of finance is required or assumed.

It is aimed at those who may wish to pursue careers in the Financial Services Sector in Ireland and internationally. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in its 2007 report has identified this sector as having a shortage of skilled staff and as a result this programme was developed to enable graduates to develop the skills to work in this exciting market. The programme also acts as a qualifier for postgraduate programmes at Masters level in Finance and allied disciplines.

Conversion Programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance is an intensive one year full-time programme for non-finance graduates wishing to pursue a career in the financial services industry or a career in the finance function. Career opportunities include Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Investment and Risk Management. The programme offers graduates an excellent grounding for further postgraduate studies in Finance. Graduates of the programme are now working in Ireland, the UK, Europe and in North America.

It is suited to graduates with an interest in developing analytical and practical skills in preparation for a career in Finance and Banking. Graduates from all backgrounds are considered and no previous knowledge of finance is assumed. A competence in quantitative skills, though not essential, would be an advantage.

Entry requirements

An honours bachelor degree (2H2 or higher) from a recognised degree awarding institution either in Ireland or elsewhere. An aptitude for Maths will be expected.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


1 Year Full Time
Method of Delivery Classroom

Full time students will attend lectures Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 – 5pm and classes on two evenings per week. They also will attend the part time evening lectures.

2 Years Part Time
Part time students will attend lectures on two evenings in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2 (to be advised). Evening Modules in the part time mode will be Economics, Maths for Finance and Economics, Corporate Finance 1 and 2, Financial Regulation and Governance and Financial Statement Analysis.

Careers or further progression

What are my career opportunities?
Graduates will have enhanced career prospects for a wide variety of careers in the Financial Services Sector. Graduates will have the skill set to enter the industry in different roles either working with financial institutions or in a finance role within an organisation.

Further enquiries

Contact Us
Seán O'Reilly
T: +353 1 402 3226

Part Time
Contact Us
Eoin Langan
01 402 7070

Subjects taught

Course Content
Semester 1 Modules
Corporate Finance 1
Information Technology for Finance*
Mathematics for Finance and Economics
Financial Econometrics 1
Derivatives 1
Macroeconomics and International Finance
*IT for Finance must be taken if exemption given for Economics

Semester 2 Modules
Corporate Finance 2
Financial Econometrics 2
Derivatives 2
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Services Governance and Regulations
Macroeconomics and International Finance


School of Accounting and Finance Faculty of Business DIT, Aungier Street Dublin 2

Graduates will be eligible for the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance.

Application date

Applications open from Monday, 4th November 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement Date 01/09/2020

Location City Centre: Aungier Street

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