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Global Capital Markets - Financial Risk Management

With an emphasis on application in a real-term context, the overall aim of this course is to educate students with any business, or related undergraduate degree, in the principles of finance, both theoretical and applied. Within the context of financial risk management, the aim of this PGCert is to enable you to engage in a challenging and stimulating educational experience through which you can acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the development and application of key finance principles, concepts, theories and techniques.

The course will focus on the practical application of ideas, knowledge and methods within various contexts in real terms for financial risk management. This development will help meet the significant growth and planned employment opportunities in this sector in Belfast and Dublin.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

No exemption shall be permitted from the taught modules of the programme



The normal semester class schedules for part-time students.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The programme will focus on the practical application of ideas, knowledge and methods within various contexts in real terms in financial risk management. This development will help meet the significant growth and planned employment opportunities in this sector in Belfast and Dublin; and will encourage upskilling of those not in employment and continued professional development of those in employment.

Further enquiries



T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309


Claire McCann

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6447



T: +44 (0)28 9036 6906


Subjects taught

Year one

Financial Theory, Products and Markets

This module covers key financial principles and products in-depth including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives, investment funds and taxation, investment wrappers and trusts. It explores the broader economic environment in which the financial services industry operates and looks at how economics activity is determined and managed in different economies and political systems. The module offers an introduction to financial services regulation and ensures an understanding of ethical behaviour and acting with integrity.

Mathematical Foundations of Risk Measurement

Through application in the area of risk management and finance, this module will provide an understanding of quantitative methods such as matrix algebra, statistics, probability theory and regression analysis.

Risk Management Practices

The objective of the module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the general principles of risk in business, the key risks encountered by organisations operating within the financial services industry, the influence of corporate governance, regulation and codes of conduct, and the approaches typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk. The module will extensively assess previous risk events to both illustrate previous deficiencies and to identify the potential for future enhancements to risk management.

Case Studies and Standards of Corporate Governance, Conduct and Ethics

This module is optional

Through the analysis of lessons to be learned from failures, this module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the challenges that the financial services industry face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective application of standards of best practice, conduct and ethics.

Professional and Academic Skills

This module is optional

This module enables students to identify the transferable skills gained through personal, social and voluntary activities and demonstrate how these are applicable to employment. The module encourages students to produce an employability skills profile and articulate their skills in an interview scenario. In addition, the module will address areas such as business acumen; professional relationships; technical capabilities; and social media.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020

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