Finance - Asset Management

Course Outline
The MSc Finance (Asset Management) is a one-year programme developed to prepare students for careers in the international investment, asset management, finance and banking industries. Students focus on developing the analytical and professional skills necessary for a career in finance. The course aims to produce graduates who can contribute to the industry from their first day in employment.

The course has been designed in conjunction with industry to ensure its graduates have the skills to match the needs of employers. On completion of the MSc Finance (Asset Management), you can expect to have excellent career prospects within investment management, banking, insurance, proprietary trading, wealth management and alternative investments.

The MSc Finance (Asset Management) programme is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliated programme and is a CAIA® Association Academic Partner. These partnerships ensure the programme content remains up to date and relevant to the requirements of employers.

The programme is structured as follows:
Induction Week: The course begins with an induction week. After introducing the incoming class to UCC, the students begin their professional development with classes on communication and presentation skills.

Core Modules: These modules provide you with the in-depth knowledge to understand and analyse the core topics in finance, such as equity and bond valuation, asset allocation and project finance. These modules focus on:
analysis and application
have a quantitative element
include regular student presentations

Specialised Modules: These modules cover areas of specific relevance to your future career, such as venture capital, private equity and risk management. The modules here:
focus on understanding and application
are case study and lecture-driven

These are supported by two modules based on continuous assessment.

Professional Development is an innovative module operating across the year, where students work on developing their communication, presentation and IT skills. In addition, students get the opportunity to interact with senior executives and industry leaders. This module provides the perfect opportunity to hone your networking, communication and presentation skills. This is complemented by the Research Skills module which allows students develop the skills needed to meet the research and analysis challenges they will encounter in employment along with familiarity with professional IT systems.

Professional Examination: In this element of the programme you pursue a course of independent study, under the supervision of an academic mentor, towards the CFA, CAIA, QFA or equivalent relevant professional examination. Guidance is provided by our CFA and CAIA faculty representatives on the best approach to select and prepare for these examinations. As a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliated programme and as a CAIA® Association Academic Partner, faculty award a number of scholarships for these exams each year.

Research Project/Internship The final element in the course takes place over the summer. Students get the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained over the year to prepare an applied research report. Under the supervision of an academic mentor, students will research and write a detailed report on a topical issue. The report will be practical in nature and students can expect to use professional analysis techniques and IT systems. Alternatively, students may undertake a relevant internship and complete their report on an issue that arises from or is informed by that role.

Why Choose This Course
The MSc Finance (Asset Management) is focused on preparing students for successful careers in the international investment, asset management, finance and banking industries. Graduates gain an understanding of the theory of financial markets while developing a combination of analytical, practical and professional skills sought by employers. Specific reasons to choose this unique course include:

It is a one-year course with small class sizes.

A syllabus aligned with the leading professional bodies ensures graduates have the up to date knowledge valued by employers.

Practical focus ensures graduates have the skills needed to contribute immediately to their employer.

Strong emphasis on the development of professional skills, including interview and presentation skills, which combined with a professional examination, provide students with a head start in the job market.

Excellent employment prospects on completion of the course

The first programme in the world to award academic credit for studying toward and sitting relevant career-enhancing professional examinations, CFA, CAIA, QFA or equivalent.

Scholarships are available for students for CFA and CAIA examinations.

Students have the opportunity to secure a relevant industry internship or produce an applied research project.

Faculty with significant industry experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have (or expect to have) a 2H1 degree in a degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent in:

A business related programme (e.g. Commerce, Law, Business Studies, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems etc.)


A programme with a significant quantitative element (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Science, Computing etc.)

Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree but meet all other requirements and applicants from other degree disciplines with at least a 2H1 degree are considered 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.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.


1 Year - Full-Time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Asset Management), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with the international investment, asset management, finance and banking industries. The following companies have recruited students from the course:
Abbey Capital
Advantage Futures (Chicago)
Bank of Ireland Treasury
Colonial First State (Sydney)
Core Financial Partners (Los Angeles)
Davy Stockbrokers
Deutsche Bank
Emerge Capital
Fidelity Investments
HSBC (Shanghai)
JDX Consulting (London)
Mitsubishi UFG Fund Services
Northern Trust (Chicago)
PwC Wealth Management
Rubrics Asset Management
SMBC Aviation Capital
TOBAM Asset Management
Willis Towers Watson

Further enquiries

John O'Brien
t: + 353 21 490 2506

Caterina Santi
t: + 353 21 490 2506

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:

AC6101 Project Finance
AC6105 Risk Management
AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting
AC6116 Quantitative Analysis
AC6117 Research Methods
AC6119 Capital Markets and Funds Industry Regulation and Ethics
EC6005 Derivatives Securities
FI6003 Asset Pricing and Allocation
FI6004 Analysis of Debt Instruments
FI6005 Equity Valuation
FI6006 Professional Development

AC6120 Professional Examination Report and
AC6121 Asset Management Research Report (20 credits) or
AC6124 Corporate Internship – Asset Management (20 credits)

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

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.


Course Practicalities
For the MSc Finance (Asset Management) degree, you will complete an induction week, which commences 2nd September 2019. Over two semesters, students complete 10 modules, 5 core and 5 specialised modules, assessed by examination (and typically 30% continuous assessment). These are complemented by two modules, professional development and research methods, examined entirely by continuous assessment. In the final semester, students complete the professional examination module and undertake a quantitative research project or internship.

Effective communication and the ability to work in teams are essential skills for a successful career. Our continuous assessment is designed to allow students to develop and practice these skills and can take the form of class contribution, individual assignments, case studies, group reports or presentations.

Who teaches this course?
The MSc Finance (Asset Management) is delivered by UCC academic staff, generally from the Department of Accounting and Finance.

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field most holding PhDs. In addition to teaching, they are engaged in high-level research with involvement in UCC's research centres, consulting for industry and publishing regularly in international finance journals.

Alongside academic qualifications, many of the faculty have significant industry experience having worked at leading investment banks (UBS, HSBC and Lehman), stockbrokers (Davy and NCB), business advisory firms (Ernst and Young) and hedge funds. A number of the faculty are CFA charter holders.

Assessment method

To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Asset Management is assessed by a blend of formal examination and continuous assessment. Each module contains a minimum of 30% continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment is in the form of class contribution, individual assignments, group case study analysis and presentations.

It is important that you learn to communicate effectively and contribute in class so your lecturers will keep a record of who asks (and answers) questions in class, and allocate marks accordingly. You and your classmates will also be divided into different groups for each semester. This allows you an opportunity to get to know, and work with, all of your colleagues. While we understand some students may have concerns about being assessed in groups, the ability to work with, and lead others, is a skill which has been highlighted as being essential for a successful career in industry. Finally, presenting is one of most important professional skills and so we also incorporate this into the assessment.

The final element of the MSc Asset Management is a quantitative research project. This represents one eighth 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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 31 August 2020

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