An MSc Finance could lead to an in-demand and rewarding career

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Looking for a challenging and well-compensated career? An MSc Finance could be your passport to the rewarding world of finance, business and banking.

In today’s fast-paced global economy there is an increasing need for financial experts. Ireland is no different. As a developed country, Ireland has experienced increased demand for financial professionals in the last few years. Finance graduates work for investment banks, commercial banks, fund management firms and trading houses, as well as for insurance companies. They also work in the finance divisions of companies in other industries. Therefore, an MSc Finance could take you just about anywhere.

If you do the MSc Finance you will learn to tackle changes of financial markets. Firstly, you will develop rigorous competences in financial subjects, as well as analytical and decision making skills. You will also develop your quantitative skills and data analysis techniques.

Entry requirements

So what exactly does one need to pursue An MSc Finance? Different third-level institutions have different requirements. Having said that, preference is given to those with an undergraduate degree in a relevant or related area. In addition, most colleges will expect you to have at minimum a 2.2 degree.

About the course

The MSc Finance takes a year full-time in most institutions. However, some may extend this to over a year. The course can also be done over two years part-time. You will attend theory lectures, as well as undertake project research and write a dissertation.

Courses can vary across institution. Some of the topics you may cover include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Ethics and governance
  • Financial regulation
  • Strategic management
  • Quantitative financial modelling
  • Market microstructure
  • Risk analysis
  • Labour economics

You’ll also apply what you learn. For example, you will engage in trading, portfolio management and investments simulations. Consequently, you will get a real feel of what your working life will be like. More importantly, as a result, you’ll have plenty of practice sorting out financial and technical problems so that you’ll be able to hit the ground running when you begin working.

Where to study

You have plenty of options to chose from. Several universities and ITs offer the MSc Finace. They include:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • University of Limerick


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