UCC Postgraduate courses

Finance (Corporate Finance)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Finance (Corporate Finance)

  • Code

    CKL21 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

    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 Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds. See How to Apply section for full detail

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    11th May 2018

  • Start Date

    3 September 2018

Course Outline

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 http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/cir/Careers.pdf

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.

Induction Week

The course begins with an induction week [commencing 3rd September, 2018] 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

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

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you'll complete an induction week [which commences on the 3rd September, 2018], 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.

Staff Link:  http://www.ucc.ie/en/accfin/staff/academic/

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’s a one-year course limited to 30 students.
  • You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course.
  • The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry.
  • It includes an induction week focused on developing business skills.
  • You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus.
  • A corporate Finance and Industry Leader lecture series will take place during the course.
  • A business research skills module is included.
  • You will produce an integrated Corporate Finance real-life research project.
  • Throughout the course we will also 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 of 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
  • Apex Partners
  • Arcadia Group (London)
  • Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Capital IQ (London)
  • Deloitte, Ernst and Young
  • First Derivatives
  • GeoGlobal Energy LLC (Washington DC)
  • Horwath Bastow Charleston
  • Kerry Group
  • KPMG
  • Standard and Poor's (London) and
  • The Central Bank.

Recognising that not all of 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 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.

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 pleaseview 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 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)

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

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.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 11th May 2018

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