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Global Capital Markets - Financial Risk Management


With an emphasis on application in a real-term context, the overall aim of the
PgCert Global Capital Markets (Financial Risk Management) programme is to educate students with any business, or cognate undergraduate degree, in the principles of finance, both theoretical and applied. Within the context of financial risk management, the aim of this postgraduate certificate is to enable students to engage in a challenging and stimulating educational experience through which they can acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the development and application of key finance principles, concepts, theories and techniques.


Within the overall aim, the objectives of the programme are to:

Within the context of financial risk management, acquire some of the skills and techniques appropriate to the practice of finance within a professional environment;

Develop in students a range of interpersonal and other transferable skills necessary to work within the professional environment;

Acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, within the context of financial risk management, of the development and application of key principles, concepts, theories and techniques pertinent to the international financial and professional services' environment;

Promote an appreciation of professional ethical standards and conduct;

Enable students to evaluate new ideas and developments;

Understand the nature and skills of logical reasoning and develop a capacity for creative thinking and effective communication; and

Promote within students, creativity, adaptability and resilience in a wide range of situations.

There are four-compulsory modules (as determined by the location of study). Part-time students normally take one year to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning and teaching methods will encourage experiential and action-based learning (learning-by-doing). The strategies permit the opportunity for independent-learning, collaborative-learning and practical application. Modules' learning and teaching methods are designed to be both 'flexible and accessible' by lectures, seminars and study-groups being offered both in a face-to-face or in an on-line setting. Learning and teaching methods in a module take full advantage of Information Technology and web-based methods to complement and enhance classroom and workplace learning. Assessment of each module is through 100% coursework.

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

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6906

Course Director: Claire McCann
T:+44 (0)28 9036 6447

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

Start dates: September 2019

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