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This programme is intensive and allows highly motivated graduates to ‘skill into’ the wholesale financial services sector and is designed for those with a business or cognate discipline (law, economics, computing etc.). A unique aspect of the programme is the option to undertake a placement with a wholesale financial firm. Such placements are subject to interview by the firm and cannot be guaranteed by the University.

Structure & content

The structure of the course is as follows:

Semester I

  • Financial Reporting
  • Economics
  • Financial Markets, Institutions and Operation
  • Financial Regulation

Semester II

  • Derivatives and Alternative Investments
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Fund Management
  • Corporate Finance and Risk.

Semester III

Either an academic dissertation or work placement report (the choice will be determined by whether the student undertakes placement).

The full-time duration of the programme is normally one calendar year of three semesters. The programme is modular in design, with students taking 8 modules to obtain the PgD and an additional dissertation, or work-based project, to achieve the award of MSc.

Professional recognition

The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and graduates of the programme will be entitled to associate membership of the CISI and exemptions from the following CISI exams (CISI level in brackets): Securities and Investments (IOC); Derivatives (Certificate); and Fund Management (Diploma).

Career options

The programme is primarily structured to aid graduates in gaining employment in the wholesale financial services sector, but would also provide a base for further research based study at PhD level. A wide range of placement opportunities are available including CitiGroup, PWC Augment, EY Pearson and MTS Wealth in Belfast with other options being available in Dublin. In 2015/16 90% of students on the course obtained a placement with the majority being offered full-time employment upon completion.

Visit the Applied Finance - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Ulster University website for more details!




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