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Finance - Applied Finance

A fast-track qualification for non-finance graduates seeking employment in the rapidly growing financial services sector.

This programme is intensive and allows highly motivated graduates to ‘skill into’ the wholesale financial services sector and is designed for those with a business or cognate discipline (law, economics, computing etc.). A unique aspect of the programme is the option to undertake a placement with a wholesale financial firm. Such placements are subject to interview by the firm and cannot be guaranteed by the University.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have gained Lower Second Class Honours in a business or cognate discipline, however graduates of any discipline will be considered. In recent years graduates of chemistry, physics, law, politics and software engineering have completed the program.

Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their English language competence (minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

General English language entry requirement for most programmes of study require you to have a minimum of IELTS equivalent 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5).

Our Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is a specialised unit providing English language teaching and support for registered students who have English as an additional language.

Individual courses may require a higher level of attainment - please check course entry requirements individually.


PgC (four months); PgD (nine months); Dissertation (four months); Placement (six months).

PgD element (150 hours per module).

Careers or further progression

Career options

The programme is primarily structured to aid graduates in gaining employment in the wholesale financial services sector, but would also provide a base for further research based study at PhD level. A wide range of placement opportunities are available including CitiGroup, PWC Augment, EY Pearson and MTS Wealth in Belfast with other options being available in Dublin. In 2015/16 90% of students on the course obtained a placement with the majority being offered full-time employment upon completion.

Professional recognition

The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and graduates of the programme will be entitled to associate membership of the CISI and exemptions from the following CISI exams (CISI level in brackets): Securities and Investments (IOC); Derivatives (Certificate); and Fund Management (Diploma).

Further enquiries

For further details on this programme please contact the Department Office on:
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6906

Course Director - Mr Michael Pogue
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8109

Subjects taught

Semester I
Financial Reporting
Financial Markets, Institutions and Operation
Financial Regulation

Semester II
Derivatives and Alternative Investments
Quantitative Methods
Fund Management
An option of either Corporate Finance and Risk or Data mining and databases (all options are subject to sufficient numbers signing-up and are not guaranteed to run in any year on that basis)

Semester III
Either an academic dissertation or work placement report (the choice will be determined by whether the student undertakes placement).

The full-time duration of the programme is normally one calendar year of three semesters. The programme is modular in design, with students taking 8 modules to obtain the PgD and an additional dissertation, or work-based project, to achieve the award of MSc.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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