Finance - Corporate Finance

Course Outline
This programme has been accepted into the CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme. In addition upon graduation from the programme you have exemptions from certain ACCA examinations.

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), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit the CFA® exams.

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). In addition this partnership allows UCC to grant a number of scholarships each year for students who wish to sit the CAIA® exams.

ACCA has also assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation. Graduates of the programme will be exempted from sitting papers F1-F3.

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's a one-year course limited to 30 students.
-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 corporate Finance and Industry Leader lecture series will take place during the course.
- A business research skills module is included.
-You will produce an integrated Corporate Finance real-life research project.
-Throughout the course we will also 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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Part-time option taught during weekday working hours.

Careers or further progression

The course has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100% of students on the course gained graduate employment. For details of these jobs see here

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 a real-life corporate finance consultancy project.

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.

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 of 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:
Apex Partners
Arcadia Group (London)
Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon
Bank of Ireland
Capital IQ (London)
Deloitte, Ernst and Young
First Derivatives
GeoGlobal Energy LLC (Washington DC)
Horwath Bastow Charleston
Kerry Group
Standard and Poor's (London) and
The Central Bank.

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

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Mark Hutchinson
+ 353 21 490 2506

Subjects taught

Induction Week
The course begins with an induction week [commencing 3rd September, 2018] providing you with the necessary preparation for the Core Modules in term 1.
Here, the focus is on:
-team-building skills
-IT skills
-communication and presentation skills

Core Modules (30 credits)

The core modules take place mainly in Term 1 (October to December) and these courses provide you with the in-depth knowledge to analyse and apply solutions to topics such as Valuation, Project Finance and Investments. These modules:
-focus on analysis and application
-are primarily case study driven
-include regular student presentations

Specialised Modules (25 credits)

The specialised modules begin in Term 2 (January to March) and here you will learn and apply this knowledge to areas of real relevance to your future career such as corporate restructuring, risk management and governance. The modules here:
-focus on understanding and application
-are case study and lecture driven
-employ analysis using business IT systems.

Corporate Finance and Industry Leader Lecture Series (5 credits)

In this innovative module beginning midway through term 1, you will get the opportunity to interact with senior executives and industry leaders from both the corporate and corporate finance sectors. This module provides the perfect opportunity to hone your networking, communication and presentation skills.
-a weekly session will be chaired by corporate finance and industry experts.
-each week a different student group hosts the sessions.
-members of the student groups present the case study solution.
-the expert then gives feedback and advice to the class.

Integrated Research Project (30 credits)

The final element in the course takes place in the summer term. You will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your class mates, under the supervision of both academic and industry expert mentors on a real life corporate finance issue in a company. Each student team will initiate, research and provide a business solution to the business case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation to the client. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both analytical and professional skills.

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


Course Practicalities

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you'll complete an induction week [which commences on the 3rd September, 2018], 10 course modules, 5 core courses and 5 specialised modules, an industry lecture series and a team project. You can do the course full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months.

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. Each module contains a minimum of 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is a research project. This represents one third of the marks for the masters programme.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places 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 EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 2 September 2019

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