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The MSc in Financial Services was designed to equip students with the balance of academic knowledge and technical skills required for high value-added positions in the Financial Services industry in Ireland and abroad. In particular, the MSc curriculum has been designed to facilitate subsequent professional accreditation within the international Financial Services industry, thereby underpinning both the long-term value and the international portability of the MSc as a postgraduate qualification.

Programme objectives:
- To prepare students for high-level professional positions in the Financial Services industry,

- To provide an opportunity for students to engage in significant & appropriate research,

- To provide a source of highly skilled graduates to help underpin the growth of the Financial Services industry in Ireland.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement will be a primary business degree

(Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) with an award of Second Class Honours Grade 2. Applicants with relevant professional qualifications and experience and/or with an appropriate honours degree in a cognate discipline may also be considered for admission. Subject to the discretion of the course team and the University Admissions Office, applicants may be required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and achieve a satisfactory score in it. An interview may also form part of the selection process.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

Guidelines on Completing your Application

To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form.
Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Areas where graduates can expect to find employment include: Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Fund Management, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Treasury and Foreign Exchange, Investment Consulting, Risk Management, Compliance, Quantitative Financial Analysis, Sales, Trading and Research. The Dissertation element of the programme allows students to specialise in their particular area of interest.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Antoinette Flynn
Department: Accounting & Finance
Tel : 353-61- 202106
Fax : 353-61-213188
Email : antoinette.flynn@ul.ie
Web : MSc in Financial Services

Programme Co-ordinator
Kathy Ryan Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Tel: +353-61-234389
Email: kathy.ryan@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1:

•AC6061 Financial Analysis & Governance
•C06001 Professional Development 1
•FI6101 Global Finance & Capital Markets
•FI6131 Trading Floor Certification
•FI6141 Derivative Markets
•SG6002 Corporate Responsibility
•FI6111 Research Methods in Finance 1

Semester 2

•C06002 Professional Development 2
•FI6091 Wealth & Portfolio Management
•FI6112 Research Methods in Finance 2

Electives – Choose 2
•EC6112 Econometrics
•FI6022 Financial Engineering
•IN6012 Financial Regulation
•IN6022 Insuring Risk in Nature & Industry
•TX6022 Principles of International Tax

Electives – Choose 1
•EC6052 International Economic Issues
•MN6062 Project Management
•PM6072 Leadership, Influence & Change

Option to Exit with a Graduate Diploma in Financial Services

Semester 2:
International Economic Issues; Project Management; Leadership, Influence & Change;

Mandatory Modules: Research Methods in Finance 2; Professional Development 2; Wealth & Portfolio Management

Electives (Choose 2):
Principles of International Taxation; Financial Engineering; Modelling Risk in Nature & Industry; Econometrics.

Option to Exit with a Graduate Diploma in Financial Services

Semester 3 (Summer):
•FI6103 Dissertation in Finance 1
•FI6113 Dissertation in Finance 2
•FI6123 International Business Workshop

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

The MSc in Financial Services was designed to equip students with the balance of academic knowledge and technical skills required for high value-added positions in the Financial Services industry in Ireland and abroad. Includes Trading Floor Certification and an international business trip. Facilitates subsequent professional accreditation within the international Financial Services industry.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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