UCC Postgraduate courses

Finance (Banking and Risk Management)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Finance (Banking and Risk Management)

  • Code

    CKL19 Full-time & Part-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants with a 2.1 degree or equivalent in a business subject or a 2.1 degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in a related subject with a quantitative element such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, science, etc. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How to Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

The course has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100%of students on the course gained graduate employment.  For a list of these jobs please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/Careers.pdf

The MSc Finance (Banking and Risk Management) course in UCC involves advanced study of the practices of investment, banking and risk management. Course modules cover topics such as:

  • asset pricing
  • portfolio management
  • international finance
  • financial institutions
  • capital markets
  • treasury management
  • derivative securities
  • risk management.

The course also involves an applied research project, using cutting-edge techniques and software.

The MSc Finance (Banking and Risk Management) is at the top end of graduate study in business/finance in Ireland and is designed for high achievers who wish to pursue high-end careers in financial markets, such as:

  • investment banking
  • corporate banking
  • trading/dealing
  • portfolio management
  • asset pricing
  • treasury
  • capital markets (equity, money, bond, FX and derivatives markets)
  • risk management
  • financial analysis
  • research

Course Details

Candidates take taught modules with examinations over two semesters and then complete a minor dissertation. The taught modules are as follows:

Fund Management and Evaluation: studies portfolio management, return and risk evaluation in stock selection, market timing and persistence.

Fixed Income Securities: examines the term structure of interest rates and yield curve analysis, exotic bond valuation, duration, convexity, immunisation, asset backed securities and bond portfolio management.

Asset Pricing: examines models of asset returns, stock price predictability and market efficiency.

Securities Valuation and Selection:  examines risk tolerance, asset allocation, stock valuation models and a financial analysis of a firm.

International Finance: focuses on how economic policy and the behaviour of agents impact international capital flows, exchange rates and global investments. 

Treasury Risk Management: looks at the measurement and management of risks facing banks and corporations arising from volatility in currency and money markets.

Financial Institutions and Money Markets: looks at the role of money markets and banks in the economy, focuses on understanding the types of risk facing banks and the management of this risk.

Derivative Securities: introduces the concepts and mathematical techniques in pricing derivatives including options, swaps, forwards and futures on underlying assets.

Macroeconomics for Financial Markets: looks at macroeconomics theories, models and techniques relevant to financial markets. Topics include business cycles, economic growth, uncertainty, monetary policy, inflation and the labour market.

Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets: covers the guiding principles behind financial regulation and the main differences between the roles and key legal aspects of different regulatory institutions.

Applied Econometrics: includes regression analysis, OLS, hypothesis testing and specification.

Applied Time Series Analysis: includes ARIMA models, Box-Jenkins methodology, ARCH-GARCH models, VAR models, unit-root testing and cointegration.

Research Methods: includes (i) a report writing/economic consulting element, (ii) visiting speaker seminar series, (iii) research methods training and (iv) workshops on recent developments in financial research.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

You attend lectures for approximately 12 hours per week. There are additional research workshop hours and you will also attend regular visiting speaker seminars and practical laboratory sessions. 


Normally, your work will be assessed by coursework projects (30%) and final examinations (70%). 

Who teaches this course

The current lecturers on the course are listed below:

Why Choose This Course

...this course will enable participants to build the skills, and the confidence that goes with them, that will make them sought after by the industry...

Michael Buckley

Former Chief Executive, Allied Irish Banks

Find Out More

As well as providing a rigorous grounding in theory and methods, the course will provide you with the practical skills and techniques widely used in financial markets. The course covers much of the CFA Levels 1-3 syllabus and includes regular presentations and workshops from outside practitioners. You will also manage your own simulated asset portfolio on-line throughout the year to put theory into practice.

Skills and Careers Information

The course brings you into direct contact with financial markets, their issues and practices through practitioner seminars and visiting speakers throughout the year, across all modules.

In this course:

  • you will be trained in financial research, consulting and professional report writing
  • you will be taught about the quantitative methods relevant to the financial sector and required for PhD level research
  • your inter-personal, organisational and leadership competencies will be developed
  • your oral and written communication skills will be improved through assignments, dialogue, exercises, presentations, etc.

The blended learning approach to education combines lectures, projects, seminars, group discussion, presentations and individual and group reports.  


The course is open to applicants with a 2.1 degree or equivalent in a business subject


Applicants with a 2.1 degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in a related subject with a quantitative element such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, science, etc. 

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €10,500.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: SupplementaryFormCKL19 (26kB)

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds.  The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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