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The MSc in Finance aims to advance your understanding of finance theory and practice and its relevance in the marketplace. It encourages you to develop creative and analytical approaches to problem-solving and to enhance your interpersonal and leadership skills.

Run for over 40 years, this course is especially suitable for graduates with an educational track record in business, economics, finance or any degree with a significant quantitative element. The part-time option also enables current professionals with a business-related background to combine working life with study.

What will I learn?
This Masters has been designed to offer an equal measure of applied theoretical research and the acquisition of the essential practical skills for a future career in financial services. Particular emphasis is placed upon the study of corporate finance and investment markets.

1. A wide-ranging curriculum develops and tests graduates comprehension of management principles, market operations and functions, and the risks inherent in investment management, enabling them to comprehend the entire management and strategic contexts in which financial decision-making is taken.

2. A firm grasp of financial processes and procedures as well as the knowledge and skills (both professional and personal) necessary for a career in financial services, from investment and commercial banks through to insurance companies and trading houses.

3. In the summer term, students can choose from some summer term modules, or a research project, or in a small number of cases, from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

How will I benefit?
The course has been carefully devised to challenge graduates on theoretical and practical levels via a wide-ranging curriculum that will provide them with precisely the knowledge and skill set sought by recruiting companies from the industry.

• The heavy curricular emphasis upon the areas of expertise of financial theory and econometrics makes graduates of the course especially desirable to employers.

• Graduates of the course frequently go on to be recruited by such companies as the Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Fidelity.

• Due to the course comprising 70% of the requirements for the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification, graduates receive special recognition with the CFA Institute and benefit from a head start towards the internationally-recognised CFA qualification.

Course features
Global perspective – graduates are given insight into the bearing of internationalisation upon finance markets, as well as the global economic factors impacting the industry.

Applied learning – the importance given to empirical and theoretical finance research during the course nurtures the desire to continue and apply independent research beyond completion and graduation.

Recognition of excellence – The PwC Maithiu Breathnach award, amounting to €1,200, is awarded to the top student on the course each year.

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Business/Commerce (with quantitative subjects), Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a Finance related area.
OR
A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ work experience in Finance.

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Transcripts
An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.

Visa Requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Regardless, all non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB.

Duration

12 months full-time, 24 months Part-Time.

Careers or further progression

What can I do?
The MSc in Finance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School gives you the specialised skills and knowledge you need for a career in the financial services sector.
Financial Analyst
Trainee Auditor
Investment Intern
Assistant Accountant
Capital Markets Graduate Programme
Portfolio Management Assistant
Trade Data Analyst

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie.

Subjects taught

The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats of this course comprise core modules covering many aspects of econometrics, finance management and asset assessment.

In the summer term, students can choose from some summer term modules, or a research project, or in a small number of cases, from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

Core Modules
Financial Econometrics

Derivative Securities

Corporate Financial Management

Quantitative Methods

Capital Markets & Instruments

Financial Asset Valuation

Strategic Finance

Behavioural Finance

Empirical Finance

Portfolio & Risk Management

Summer Modules:
Advanced Treasury Management

Management of Banking Institutions

Applied Investment Management

Research Project

Mergers & Acquisitions

Financial Modelling

Aircraft Finance

Comment

Run for over 40 years, this course is especially suitable for graduates with an educational track record in business, economics, finance or any degree with a significant quantitative element. The part-time option also enables current professionals with a business-related background to combine working life with study.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2017

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