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Finance - Corporate Finance

Course Outline
The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship.

The course has been designed in conjunction with an industry course board to ensure it meets the corporate finance skills needs of employers. Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with business advisory, consultancy, corporate investment banking and venture capital firms.

The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017. In deciding the winner judges stated that the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) "100% employment rate - very strong. The corporate internship is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience."

The Professional Development module provides students with additional training in industry-relevant skills. This ranges from presentation skills to Excel training. There is a strong focus on teamwork and several modules have elements with team projects/assessments. This is important preparation for the workplace. In the third semester, students have the choice to complete either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship. In the project students work under the supervision of an academic mentor while the corporate internship option allows students to explore their career options to make informed career choices.

This programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme and carries ACCA exemptions.

The CFA Institute University Recognition Programme status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

The CAIA academic partnership is granted to institutions who cover at least 60% of the entire CAIA curriculum as represented by the Core Knowledge Outline (CKO).

ACCA has been assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation. Upon graduation from the programme students have exemptions from the following ACCA examinations: Accountant in Business (AB), Management Accounting (MA), Financial Accounting (FA) and depending on module selection Financial Management (FM).

The programme is taken in two parts set out below. Part I consists of a combination of examinations and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Project or a Corporate Internship to the value of 30 credits.

Why Choose This Course
The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. There are many reasons to choose this unique course, including the following:

It is a one-year course

The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017

The course has been running since 2009 and has a strong alumnus in Ireland and globally who understand the quality of course Graduates

You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course

The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry

It includes an Induction Week focused on developing business skills

You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus

A business research skills module is included

You will produce Corporate Finance Research Project or gain experience on a Corporate Internship

Throughout the course we will focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have
-a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme or
-Expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
-A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.

Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree, in either a business degree or a degree in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element, will be assessed on a case by case basis.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The course prepares you for careers in investment banking, large corporates and business advisory firms. Graduates of the course will also enter careers in regulation, venture capital and consultancy.

All the top international and national companies recruit students from UCC. The course management team spend a lot of time developing links with the top international companies with a particular focus both on Dublin and London. To date, the following companies have recruited students from the course:
Accenture
AIG
Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
Alter Domus
AMX
Apex Partners
Apple
Bank of Ireland
Benchmark International
Beechbrook Capital
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
FDC Group
First Derivatives
FMC
Glanbia
Goodbody
Holmes Investment
Kerry Group
KPMG
Musgraves
PwC
RSM
Standard and Poor's (London)
Stamford Associates
The Central Bank.

Recognising that not all our graduates are interested in pursuing careers abroad or in Dublin we also actively foster relationships with the local business community in Munster.

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Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:

PART I
AC6101 Project Finance
AC6102 Investments
AC6103 Capital Markets
AC6105 Risk Management
AC6106 Corporate Restructuring
AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
AC6110 Business Research Skills
AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting
FI6001 Treasury Risk Management
FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets
FI6005 Equity Valuation
FI6006 Professional Development

PART II
AC6111 Research Project or
AC6123 Corporate Internship

Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship
The final element in the course takes place in the summer term. Students have the choice of completing with an integrated research project or an internship.

In the research project, you will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your classmates, under the supervision of an academic mentor on a corporate finance issue. The output from this project will include a detailed report and a presentation. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both analytical and professional skills.

If you chose the internship option, you will learn to apply your knowledge of finance in a work context, allowing you to learn through practice and to develop your critical writing and thinking skills through using the corporate internship as a site of inquiry, research and reflection. Students will undertake an internship with a relevant company in an area appropriate to the programme.

Full details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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Course Practicalities
For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you will complete an induction week [which commences on the 2nd September 2019], 10 course modules - 5 core courses and 5 specialised modules, and either a project or an internship. You will complete the course full-time over 12 months.

Who teaches this course
The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading investment banks such as UBS, HSBC Investment Bank, Lehman Brothers, stockbrokers like Davy, and business advisory firms such as Ernst and Young. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC and publish regularly in international finance journals such as Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Trading and the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.

Staff Link: http://www.cubsucc.com/faculty-directory/discipline/finance/#searchDisci...

Assessment method

To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is assessed by a blend of formal examination and continuous assessment. A number of modules contain up to 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is either a research project or a corporate internship. This represents one third of the marks for the masters programme.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 31 August 2020

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