Finance (Corporate Finance) MSc

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Course Code: CKL21 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Finance (Corporate Finance)

College: Business and Law

Finance (Corporate Finance)

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study. 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €18,000.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.1 primary degree or equivalent in a business course, or expectation of graduating with a 2.1 primary degree or equivalent in a business course in the year of entry, or a 2.1 primary degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline (see Detailed Entry Requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


This programme has been accepted into the CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme.  In addition upon graduation from the programme you have exemptions from certain ACCA examinations. 

The CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme  status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA® Program Candidate body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit the CFA® exams.                        

The CAIA® academic partnership is granted to institutions who cover at least 60% of the entire CAIA® curriculum as represented by the Core Knowledge Outline (CKO).  In addition this partnership allows UCC to grant a number of scholarships each year for students who wish to sit the CAIA® exams.  

ACCA has also assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation.  Graduates of the programme will be exempted from sitting papers F1-F3.

The course has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100% of students on the course gained graduate employment.  For details of these jobs see here

The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in a real-life corporate finance consultancy project.

The course has been designed in conjunction with an industry course board to ensure it meets the corporate finance skills needs of employers. Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with business advisory, consultancy, corporate, investment banking and venture capital firms.

Course Details

Induction Week

The course begins with an induction week [commencing 4th September, 2017] providing you with the necessary preparation for the Core Modules in term 1. Here, the focus is on:

  • team-building skills
  • IT skills
  • communication and presentation skills

Core Modules (30 credits)

The core modules take place mainly in Term 1 (October to December) and these courses provide you with the in-depth knowledge to analyse and apply solutions to topics such as Valuation, Project Finance and Investments. These modules:

  • focus on analysis and application
  • are primarily case study driven
  • include regular student presentations

Specialised Modules (25 credits)

The specialised modules begin in Term 2 (January to March) and here you will learn and apply this knowledge to areas of real relevance to your future career such as corporate restructuring, risk management and governance. The modules here:

  • focus on understanding and application
  • are case study and lecture driven
  • employ analysis using business IT systems.

Corporate Finance and Industry Leader Lecture Series (5 credits)

In this innovative module beginning midway through term 1, you will get the opportunity to interact with senior executives and industry leaders from both the corporate and corporate finance sectors. This module provides the perfect opportunity to hone your networking, communication and presentation skills.

  • a weekly session will be chaired by corporate finance and industry experts.
  • each week a different student group hosts the sessions.
  • members of the student groups present the case study solution.
  • the expert then gives feedback and advice to the class.

Integrated Research Project (30 credits)

The final element in the course takes place in the summer term. You will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your class mates, under the supervision of both academic and industry expert mentors on a real life corporate finance issue in a company. Each student team will initiate, research and provide a business solution to the business case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation to the client. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both analytical and professional skills.

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have

  • a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme or
  • Expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
  • A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.

Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree, in either a business degree or a degree in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element, will be assessed on a case by case basis.

It is important to apply early as we anticipate the course will be over-subscribed.


If your application is successful at this stage you will receive an offer or (if you have not yet received your final exam results) a conditional offer.

If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. Students on this waiting list get priority over later applicants.


If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list, and your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.

If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here SupplementaryFormCKL21 (28kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made. 

Course Practicalities

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you'll complete an induction week [which commences on the 5th September, 2016], 10 course modules, 5 core courses and 5 specialised modules, an industry lecture series and a team project. You can do the course full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months.


To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is assessed by a blend of formal examination and continuous assessment. Each module contains a minimum of 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is a research project. This represents one third of the marks for the masters programme.

Who Teaches This Course

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading investment banks such as UBS, HSBC Investment Bank, stockbrokers like Davy, and business advisory firms such as Ernst and Young. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC, and publish regularly in international finance journals such as Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Trading and the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.

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