An honours bachelor degree (2H2 or higher) from a recognised degree awarding institution either in Ireland or elsewhere. An aptitude for Maths will be expected.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
This programme will be offered on a full-time basis (mid-September to end May). It is designed for honours (2H2 or higher) graduates of disciplines other than Finance. It is a conversion programme and no previous knowledge of finance is required or assumed.
It is aimed at those who may wish to pursue careers in the Financial Services Sector in Ireland and internationally. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in its 2007 report has identified this sector as having a shortage of skilled staff and as a result this programme was developed to enable graduates to develop the skills to work in this exciting market. The programme also acts as a qualifier for postgraduate programmes at Masters level in Finance and allied disciplines.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance is an intensive one year full-time programme for non-finance graduates wishing to pursue a career in the financial services industry or a career in the finance function. Career opportunities include Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Investment and Risk Management. The programme offers graduates an excellent grounding for further postgraduate studies in Finance. Graduates of the programme are now working in Ireland, the UK, Europe and in North America.
It is suited to graduates with an interest in developing analytical and practical skills in preparation for a career in Finance and Banking. Graduates from all backgrounds are considered and no previous knowledge of finance is assumed. A competence in quantitative skills, though not essential, would be an advantage.
Graduates will have enhanced career prospects for a wide variety of careers in the Financial Services Sector. Graduates will have the skill set to enter the industry in different roles either working with financial institutions or in a finance role within an organisation.
Semester 1 Modules
- Corporate Finance 1
- Information Technology for Finance*
- Mathematics for Finance and Economics
- Financial Econometrics 1
- Derivatives 1
- Macroeconomics and International Finance
- *IT for Finance must be taken if exemption given for Economics
Semester 2 Modules
- Corporate Finance 2
- Financial Econometrics 2
- Derivatives 2
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Financial Services Governance and Regulations
- Macroeconomics and International Finance
Full time students will attend lectures Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 – 5pm and classes on two evenings per week. They also will attend the part time evening lectures.
I was a student of the 2013-2014 Post Graduate Diploma in Finance. I finished my undergraduate in 2010 in International Business with Spanish. I then worked in Business development with a Multinational for three years. Although I enjoyed the job I believed I needed to become more specialized to advance in my career. I knew that with a Finance background I could add several new strings to my bow. Therefore, having very little Finance / Accounting knowledge I decided to take a year out to do the PG Dip in Finance. This was a great stepping stone to enable me to gain technical financial knowledge that can be applied to day to day business. The PG Dip gives you a solid grounding on various topics of Finance. Finance is a pillar of any business and having a Finance background will stand to you. I now have a Commercial Finance role with a multinational company in Brazil. I balance the Finance and Commercial side of the job with ease.