|NFQ Level||Level 8|
|Fees||Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.|
|CAO Points||2023: 565|
|CAO Points Range||2023: 565 - 625|
The BSc Finance is based equally on the subject areas of corporate finance and financial economics. This combined approach provides graduates with a thorough grounding in each area.
Finance is concerned with the operation of financial markets and the valuation of financial assets, in particular in stock, bond, foreign exchange and interest rate markets. Movements in financial markets are driven by information, risk and uncertainty, which in turn provide the foundation for understanding strategic business decision-making.
You will gain specialised knowledge of:
- Financial and monetary systems
- Investment and securities analysis
- Financial markets and institutions
- Information systems
- Quantitative techniques
- Research methods
Recruitment of UCC finance graduates remains exceptionally high among leading firms nationally and internationally. Employment prospects are excellent with nearly 100% of recent (2017 & 2016) graduates in employment (64% average) or further study (34% average). Graduates are highly sought after by financial companies in Ireland, primarily but the BSc Finance degree also has international applicability.
Year 1 Modules (all 5 credits):
AC1103 Financial Accounting Fundamentals; AC1104 Accounting for Partnerships and Companies; AC1105 Investment Analysis; AC1106 Introduction to Asset Valuation; AC1109 Management Accounting:Principles and Concepts & AC1115 Management Accounting: Cost & Control Systems (5 credits each); EC1200 & EC1211 Quantitative Techniques for Economics I and II (5 credits each); EC1209 Understanding and Interpreting Data; EC1210 Skills for Analysing Economic Data; EC1213 Microeconomic Reasoning & Practice; EC1214 is now Macroeconomics: Tools of Analysis
Year 2 Modules:
International Financial Reporting I; Consolidated Financial Statements and Reporting; Introduction to Taxation; Data Analysis, Business Reporting & Process Automation; Placement Plan; Corporate Financial Policies; Business Econometrics and Forecasting; The Macroeconomic Environment in the Short Term; The Macroeconomic Environment in the Long Term; Microeconomics and the Individual; Microeconomics and Macroeconomic Outcomes
Year 3 Modules:
Multinational Finance; Governance, Regulation and Control of Financial Organisations; Case Studies in Corporate Finance; Economic Consulting; Time Series Analysis; Principles of Insurance for Finance; Advanced Data Analysis for Finance; Placement and Research Report; Introduction to Corporate Information Systems
- Economics and Markets after the Crisis
- Governance, Regulation and Control of Financial Organisations
- Insurance for Finance
- Corporate Information Systems
You will also spend six months on placement in a financial organisation in Year 3. This internship, which is arranged by UCC, is in a designated financial institution or related organisation located in Ireland or the UK.
Year 4 Modules:
Financial Information Analysis; Corporate Valuation; Securities Analysis; Money Credit and Banking; International Finance; Economics of Corporate Strategy; Economics of Strategic Behaviour; Finance and Capital Markets; Portfolio Analysis
Taxation: Income Tax and VAT; Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax; Management Accounting; Empirical and Behavioural Finance; Entrepreneurial Finance; Derivatives Valuation
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Derive and apply solutions to financial issues from knowledge of finance, economics,
accounting, and information technology
- Apply theory to estimate the value of economies, industries, companies, capital projects
as well as financial assets and derivatives
- Identify financial problems, analyse their impact, and formulate solutions that will
withstand critical examination
- Work effectively as an individual, and as a finance professional, in teams and in multi-
- Communicate and interact effectively with professional financial services bodies, the
broader financial community, and with society at large.
Academic Programme Catalogue
See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.
Expected lecture hours: You will have approximately 12 lecture hours per week, with additional tutorial and practical hours.
Why Choose This Course
Graduates are highly sought-after by financial companies in Ireland, primarily the IFSC, and by companies in the City of London.
In addition, the BSc Finance degree has international applicability. Recent graduates have gone onto careers in places such as Zurich, Buenos Aries, London, Sydney, Mexico, Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
All students in the BSc Finance degree go on a six-month work placement during Year 3 of the course. This internship, which is arranged by UCC, is in a designated financial institution or related organisation located in Ireland or the UK.
It will allow you to gain first-hand experience of financial institutions and enterprise, to make informed career decisions and to acquaint employers with the high-quality nature of the specialised graduates of the BSc Finance course, all of which will enhance your career prospects.
Skills and Careers Information
The BSc Finance degree prepares you for a career in the financial markets and financial services sector. In Year 3 you will spend six months on placement in a financial organisation, during which you will gain a valuable mix of both academic and practical skills, which are highly valued by employers.
The degree will provide you with a range of interesting career opportunities. Graduates from the course have gone on to work in:
- investment banking
- securities trading
- stock broking
- financial consultancy
- corporate banking
- fund management
- fund accounting
These career paths have taken them to both national and international financial services centres where they have been highly successful.
Leaving Certificate entry requirements:
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be required to attend for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. Approximately eight places are available on this programme for mature applicants.
Find out about the mature entry requirements here.
Other qualifications: EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information.
Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
Fees and Costs
- Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
- The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student.
- See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
- Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
- Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.
How To Apply
Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants
Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.