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Finance & Information Systems

Overview
This MSc programme is designed to develop, build and enhance finance and ICT capabilities and skills for people working in private and public sector contexts:

While covering key future skills needs, the programme provides students with an opportunity to update, build and improve key strengths and capabilities, redirect their careers and/or consider how they can create their own employment or develop new routes to employment.

The programme aims to provide essential ICT technical skills, but equally aims to deliver the financial management skills and financial decision-making acumen - critical for employees in ICT, International Financial Services, Medical/Biopharma sectors and core to the success of Ireland's economic future.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at highly numerate business graduates from Ireland and abroad with a specialisation in Economics and/or Finance. Minimum entry requirements include a primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) at Second Class Honours standard or equivalent. Applicants should have prior taught exposure to basic information systems or demonstrate competency in this area. An interview may form part of the application process.

In the case of international applicants, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievement in TOEFL and/or IELTS will be required. On a case-by-case basis, the admissions process may deem an applicant's level of English satisfactory and may thus waive this general requirement.

Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 qualification but who hold professional qualifications and/or have relevant practical experience are eligible to apply for the programme in accordance with guidelines on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

WHAT TO UPLOAD WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
•Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
•English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

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

Number of credits

ECTS weighting: 90

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
While covering key future skills needs, the programme provides students with an opportunity to update, build and improve key strengths and capabilities, redirect their careers and/or consider how they can create their own employment or develop new routes to employment. The programme aims to provide essential ICT technical skills, but equally aims to deliver financial management skills and financial decision-making acumen—critical for employees in the targeted industrial sectors and central to Ireland’s future economic growth.

Further enquiries

CONTACT

For academic queries contact the Course Director

Dr Fergal G O'Brien
Department of Accounting & Finance
Kemmy Business School
University of Limerick
Tel: +353-61-202718
Email: fergal.g.obrien@ul.ie

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

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The MSc in Finance & Information Systems is a full-time programme delivered over one academic year, beginning in September. Modules for Semester 1 are delivered at the University of Limerick. Students will attend the National University of Ireland, Galway for Semester 2 modules. Students complete the programme between May and August by completing either a grouped project at NUI Galway or a research dissertation at the University of Limerick.

Course Content
Autumn Semester (University of Limerick) Modules taken are:
AC6011 Financial Information Analysis
FI6021 International Corporate Finance
FI6111 Research Methods in Finance 1
FI6131 Trading Floor Certification
FI6141 Derivative Markets

plus one elective module from the following:
FI6071 Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory
FI6081 Implementing Market Models
FI6101 Global Finance & Capital Markets

Spring Semester (NUI Galway)
• MS807 Information Systems Management
• MS809 Enterprise Systems
• MS810 Information Systems Security & Ethics

Elective
•EC563 International Finance
•MS802 Information Systems Strategy and Innovation
•MS803 Business Data Communications
•MS5108 Applied Customer Analytics
Exit Option -
Graduate Diploma in Finance & Information Systems.

Semester
MS5102Project (NUI Galway)or
AC6013 Dissertation 1 (University of Limerick)
AC6023 Dissertation 2 (University of Limerick)

Comment

This is a joint programme between the University of Limerick and NUI Galway developed to provide a comprehensive financial markets and information systems education including Trading Floor Certification. It provides a dual-campus experience while also building upon both Universities' complementary teaching strengths and areas of expertise.

Assessment method

Assessment
This taught programme assesses students using traditional examination methods along with continuous assessment assignments. A substantial project or a research dissertation is also a required component of this programme.

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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