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MSc in Finance

Master of Science in Finance

  • PAC CodeDC511
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year

The MSc in Finance is a one-year Masters programme providing a leading European finance education, a high degree of flexibility in your learning experience and modern industry-relevant specialisms.

Our programme is structured as a core learning first semester, followed by three specialist streams in the second semester and a choice of applied research or a dissertation over the summer semester. The three streams are:

  • Risk Management
  • Capital Markets
  • Energy Finance

Through these streams and excellent practical and research-informed core learning, we allow you to specialize in a manner that reflects your interests and career aspirations. We offer an ideal path for graduates of business and economics degrees, who wish to undertake a career in finance by obtaining a leading European postgraduate qualification.

Why do this course?

  • DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.
  • The Risk Management stream is the only Finance Masters in Ireland to be recognised by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • Ranked in the Top 100 Best Masters in Financial Markets globally by Eduniversal

Graduate View

The course had the ideal blend of analysis and theory while also keeping students up to date on the fast paced, ever changing finance industry. A number of industry professionals were brought in to discuss the marketplace from their firms' perspectives. The course is very challenging, however, I have managed to find my ideal job, and I would not be in my current position without the qualification. I am only now really starting to realize how holding the MSc definitely differentiates you in the industry, and that will make you stand out for your whole career." Shane O'Doherty Brandes Investment Partners (Europe) Ltd

Programme

This one-year Masters programme is designed to produce the kind of professionals in greatest demand in the financial industry. It does so by fostering analytical and decision making skills and helping you build a set of rigorous competences in financial subjects. You will be exposed to first-class specialist education in financial subjects, develop your quantitative skills, and have the opportunity to learn the latest econometrics and data analysis techniques, which are becoming extremely important for a successful career in the financial industry.

More specifically:

The Capital Markets stream is designed to equip graduates for challenging but rewarding careers at the forefront of the financial industry, especially in investment banking, asset management and corporate finance. It does so by fostering analytical and decision making skills and helping students build a set of rigorous competences in financial subjects. Students opting for this stream of the programme will be exposed to first-class specialist education in investment analysis and treasury and investment management;

The Risk Management stream is designed to produce graduates able to take on the demanding role of risk managers and to generate value for their firms by promoting and practicing a culture of risk-awareness and efficient risk-taking. This is a type of professional in great and fast growing demand in the financial industry. Students opting for this stream of the programme will be exposed to first-class specialist education in risk modelling and capital management and to the latest thinking in enterprise-wide risk management. The structure and course content of this stream is designed to prepare graduates for the FRM (Financial Risk Manager) GARP examination.

The Energy Finance stream builds on our acknowledged expertise in this area, including through being the first university in Ireland to offer an MSc in Sustainable Energy Finance. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a wide range of expertise in the energy finance industry, a sector of rapid expansion internationally. Topics include modelling energy price risk, energy markets risk management, and sustainable energy finance.

The running of streams is subject to minimum numbers per stream.

Key aims of the overall program are to:

  • Help you to understand the functioning of capital markets and financial choices made by firms by exploring the latest thinking in financial economics, with special emphasis on portfolio theory, asset pricing, corporate finance;
  • Develop your mastery of techniques and methods of analysis useful to solve financial problems, with special emphasis on the challenges faced in the current economy.
  • Ultimately, the objective is to prepare you to become effective decision makers in the financial industry, equipping you for high level rewarding careers across the spectrum of the financial sector.
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Why DCU

The MSc in Finance has been ranked in the Top 100 Best Masters in Financial Markets globally by Eduniversal

Excellent facilities, including a dedicated Bloomberg terminal, and access to Datastream and a wide range of cutting-edge "industry-grade" statistical and financial software.

The competence of lecturers teaching on the programme, all highly research-active and with a substantial track record of International publications and/or industry experience.

Close ties with the financial profession to ensure programme relevancy, with guest lectures delivered by senior finance professionals as well as Alumni who have distinguished themselves in the industry and academia.

Partnership with GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) and a specialism with a close alignment to the syllabus of their highly regarded Financial Risk Manager (FRM) examination.

Very strong focus on developing your quantitative, research and project management skills to equip you to work in high-end consultancy, asset management and investment banking and/or pursue a Ph.D. in Finance.

Careers

This programme is designed to prepare ambitious students for the challenges and rewarding career opportunities in the financial services industry. You will be equipped for a career in financial markets and institutions, especially in investment banking and asset management, or in the risk management and corporate finance functions of corporations, as well as regulatory bodies and government offices dealing with the financial industry.

Recent graduates are employed by major financial institutions including UBS, Standard & Poor's, Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG, PwC, Boston Scientific, Commerzbank, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Goodbody Stockbrokers, Davy, Geneva Trading, Mercer, Nestle, Citco Fund Services, Standard Life and BNY Mellon.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Candidates apply for admission to the M.Sc. in Finance (Common Entry) which provides a common pathway into three specialised streams. The three streams are Risk Management, Capital Markets and Energy Finance, and all have the first semester in common. At the end of the first semester, with the help and advice of faculty, each student will choose which stream to take.

The entry requirements for the program are

A second class (upper) honours degree (or international equivalent) in a Business-related discipline including economics:

OR

A second class (upper) honours degree (or international equivalent) in a discipline, other than business, which has a high analytical and quantitative content, such as mathematics, statistics, computing or engineering:

OR

A second class(upper) honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline *and* suitable evidence of high analytical and quantitative reasoning skills, as demonstrated by, for example, a GMAT, GRE score in the top 20% range or a high grade in leaving certificate maths

Special consideration will be given to applicants having obtained high grades in core finance and quantitative methods modules in your program. Some rare exceptions to the entry requirements may be made for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements by a small margin, but who can present a strong case for their application through other relevant experience, such as work experience or exceptional grades in the finance and quantitative modules of their degree.

If, as is normally the case, demand from qualified applicants exceeds available places, applicants will be ranked for admission purposes on the basis of prior academic performance. Candidates who have not received their degree results by the application closing date may receive conditional offers.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable
  • Personal Statement 300 words
  • CV

Non Native English Speakers must submit

 Dates for Submission of Applications 2018

EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Non-EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 11th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre 

When applying for this programme (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) use the PAC code DC511.

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences with a compulsory Immersion Week, which takes place one week before the standard University commencement date in September 2018

Queries on completed applications to be emailed to registry@dcu.ie