Economics & Finance

Programme delivery
The programme will be delivered one/two evenings per week and over a small number of Saturdays primarily in Kilkenny and on occasion in Waterford.

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used including lectures, workshops, seminars and lab based sessions to facilitate learning through participation, problem solving and reflection.

About the Certificate in Economics and Finance
The Certificate in Economics and Finance is a Level 9 qualification (postgraduate/masters level). It will be a taught programme that comprises of six modules delivered over one academic year on a flexible basis.

This Certificate, whilst a stand-alone award, will draw on existing modules on the Masters in Business Studies (Economics and Finance).

Tailored towards graduates who are already employed in the financial services sector or other businesses who wish to reorient their career/upskill themselves, it will also cater for graduates who wish to pursue a career in finance or economics. It will equip candidates with advanced skills, knowledge and competencies in econometrics, financial derivatives, financial regulation, advanced financial analysis and interpretation as well as exposure to contemporary issues and their application to practice. Candidates will learn not only theory but will work with live data.

Entry requirements

•A H1 or 2.1 overall award in a strong specialist business/economics and finance undergraduate degree or a general business undergraduate degree with an economics and/or finance major/specialism.

•Students from a non-business degree (example – BA or a BSc) but with relevant economics/finance related modules may also be eligible.

•Graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the economics/finance related subjects may be considered.

•Students without a Level 8 qualification may qualify under RPL as per WIT academic guidelines on RPL

•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.


1 year part-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities and Transfer Pathways
Successful completion of the Certificate in Economics and Finance will open up opportunities for graduates to progress in their careers.

Further study options for graduates, such as completing the Masters in Business Studies (Economics and Finance) will be open to graduates.

Further enquiries

Course Leader
Dr. Sheila O'Donohoe
BComm, MBS, PhD - Senior Lecturer in Finance
Tel: 51302422

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
Econometrics (50% CA, 50% Exam)
Financial Derivatives (50% CA, 50% Exam)
Seminar Series (100% CA)

Semester 2
Corporate Financial Interpretation (50% CA, 50% Exam)
Financial Risk and Regulatory Management (100% Exam)
Monetary Economics (100% Exam)

Assessment method

Assessment methods will include presentations, project work, reflective logs, written assignments as well as written exams at the end of each semester. Most of the modules are individually assessed with a minor element of group work involved in some modules.

Application date

Closing: 20 December 2019.

Course fee

Programme fees for the Certificate in Economics and Finance is €3,000.

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