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MSc in Finance

Course Code:
DC558 (January Intake)
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Delivery Modes
1 Year
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The MSc in Finance, January intake, is a 12-month Masters programme providing a leading European finance education, a high degree of flexibility in your learning experience and modern industry-relevant specialisms.

Our January intake programme is structured as a core learning first semester with three compulsory modules and two optional modules to choose from Financial Risk Management, Financial Technology and Innovation and Sustainable Finance. This is followed by three taught modules in Semester 2, beginning in September, and the Dissertation module running across summer and Semester 2.

The modules taught in this programme provide excellent practical and research-informed core learning. We allow you to take up optional modules in a manner that reflects your interests and career aspirations. We offer an ideal path for graduates of business and economics degrees and qualifying non-specialists who wish to undertake a career in finance by obtaining a leading European postgraduate qualification.


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, modules related to capital markets are 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. 

The Sustainable finance and Financial Technology and Innovation modules are designed to equip graduates to enter the two most contemporary career opportunities in the domains of Fintech and Sustainability. With the implementation of financial innovation and technological solutions, fintech space is quickly catching up with every financial institution, be it investment banks, asset management firms, market dealing or technology solutions providers. Students studying Sustainable finance with their climate/sustainability risk modelling, ESG investment and sustainable portfolio management skills acquired through this module also find career opportunities in sustainable and green finance areas.

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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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 DCU Finance Masters is recognised by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Ranked in the Top 100 Best Masters in Financial Markets globally by Eduniversal.

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 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.


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

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.


For admission to the M.Sc. in Finance candidates must hold –

  •  A 2.1 Honours degree in a Business discipline, or equivalent international qualification


  •  A 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant non-business discipline eg. Engineering, Physics, Maths, or Computer Science or equivalent international qualification.


  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. More information about English language requirements for DCU Business School can be found here.


Full time

EU Status Fee
€11,300 per annum
Non EU Fee
€17,600 per annum

Next Steps

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • Provided a detailed personal statement, details of professional qualification/s or significant work experience.
  • Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
  • Please upload one academic reference and one professional reference.  
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link


Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st December 2023
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 1st December 2023

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application Queries

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For non EU applicant queries, please visit or email

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in January 2024.