UCC Postgraduate courses

Finance (Corporate Finance)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Finance (Corporate Finance)

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

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 either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship.

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. 

The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017.  In deciding the winner judges stated that “the corporate internship is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience."

The Professional Development module provides students with additional training in industry-relevant skills.  This ranges from presentation skills to Excel training.  There is a strong focus on teamwork and several modules have elements with team projects/assessments.  This is important preparation for the workplace.  In the third semester, students have the choice to complete either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship. For the internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers. In the project students work under the supervision of an academic mentor while the corporate internship option allows students to explore their career options to make informed career choices.

This programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme and carries ACCA exemptions.                    

  • 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).   
  • ACCA has been assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation.  Upon graduation from the programme students have exemptions from the following ACCA examinations: Accountant in Business (AB), Management Accounting (MA), Financial Accounting (FA) and depending on module selection Financial Management (FM).

The programme is taken in two parts set out below. Part I consists of a combination of examinations and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Project or a Corporate Internship to the value of 30 credits.

Students take 90 credits as follows:


  • AC6101 Project Finance 
  • AC6102 Investments 
  • AC6103 Capital Markets 
  • AC6105 Risk Management 
  • AC6106 Corporate Restructuring 
  • AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting 
  • AC6421 Performance Management, Risk and Control 
  • FI6001 Treasury Risk Management 
  • FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets 
  • FI6005 Equity Valuation 
  • FI6006 Professional Development 



  • AC6128 Research Project or
  • AC6129 Corporate Internship 

Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship 

The final element in the course takes place in the summer term. Students have the choice of completing with an integrated research project or an internship. 

  • In the research project, you will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your classmates, under the supervision of an academic mentor on a corporate finance issue.  The output from this project will include a detailed report and a presentation. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both analytical and professional skills.

  • If you chose the internship option, you will learn to apply your knowledge of finance in a work context, allowing you to learn through practice and to develop your critical writing and thinking skills through using the corporate internship as a site of inquiry, research and reflection.  Students will undertake an internship with a relevant company in an area appropriate to the programme. To secure an internship place, students go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers.

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


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you will take 10 course modules and either a project or an internship. You will complete the course full-time over 12 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.  A number of modules contain up to 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is either a research project or a corporate internship. 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, Lehman Brothers, 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.

Staff Link:  http://www.cubsucc.com/faculty-directory/discipline/finance/#searchDiscipline.finance

Why Choose This Course

The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. There are many reasons to choose this unique course, including the following:

  • It is a one-year course
  • The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017
  • The course has been running since 2009 and has a strong alumnus in Ireland and globally who understand the quality of course Graduates
  • You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course
  • The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry
  • You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus
  • A business research skills module is included
  • You will produce Corporate Finance Research Project or gain experience on a Corporate Internship
  • Throughout the course we will focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development

Skills and Careers Information

The course prepares you for careers in investment banking, large corporates and business advisory firms. Graduates of the course will also enter careers in regulation, venture capital and consultancy.

All the top international and national companies recruit students from UCC. The course management team spend a lot of time developing links with the top international companies with a particular focus both on Dublin and London. To date, the following companies have recruited students from the course:

  • Accenture
  • AIG
  • Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
  • Alter Domus
  • AMX
  • Apex Partners
  • Apple
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Benchmark International
  • Beechbrook Capital
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • FDC Group
  • First Derivatives
  • FMC
  • Glanbia
  • Goodbody
  • Holmes Investment
  • Kerry Group
  • KPMG
  • Musgraves
  • PwC
  • RSM
  • Standard and Poor's (London) 
  • Stamford Associates
  • The Central Bank.

Recognising that not all our graduates are interested in pursuing careers abroad or in Dublin we also actively foster relationships with the local business community in Munster.


Applicants must normally have

  • a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme or
  • Expectation of graduating with a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
  • A Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.

Applicants who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), 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 under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

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

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €10,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,500.


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 .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two 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 online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following question:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • What is your current occupation/speciality?

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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