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Course content

Overview

The 2-year MA Finance programme is structured to provide an international quality education in Finance, Economics and Econometrics for students with an interest in, and aptitude for, Finance but no necessary prior background. This programme provides rigorous graduate level training in Finance to a standard appropriate to a professional practitioner.

The programme is designed to help the student become a problem solver and therefore enhance their flexibility in the job market. It is a stimulating and challenging degree that aims to provide the student with a wide range of skills demanded by the financial sector. Successful graduates attain economic, quantitative and communication skills that are highly sought by employers in the public and private sectors.

Course Structure

The first year is an intensive and extensive introduction to the world of economics and finance. The aim is that by the year end, students will be at the same level as a graduate of a BA / BBS / BSc graduate in Economics and / or Finance. Students will cover the basic concepts, empirical methods and applications in Investment, Derivatives, International Finance and Econometrics as well as choosing field courses of interest from a range of optional modules.

The second year builds upon this and is structured to be stimulating and challenging. It is designed to give graduates the necessary economic and quantitative skills that employers seek today. In the first semester, students take modules in the core areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics as well as a module in research methods. All modules are a mixture of theory and practical application. In the second semester, students must take Financial Economics and Derivatives as well as two field courses. Field courses offered in any year may include, International Finance, Market Microstructure, Financial Risk Analysis, Corporate Finance and International Trade. During this semester, students also develop a thesis proposal under the guidance of their supervisor. The thesis allows the student to undertake independent research and is completed over the summer.

Career Options

The 2-year MA Finance at Maynooth University is a great opportunity for interested candidates to ready themselves for a career in financial services. Without requiring any background in Finance, students who are ready to make this important investment can expect to earn high returns in their future careers. A MA in Finance is a passport to career opportunities across the globe. As financial markets become more integrated, the career prospects of our graduates have become greatly enhanced. Graduates of this programme have excellent employment records at home and abroad, with graduates working in most of the major financial centres of the world, e.g. New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, London as well as Dublin.

Recent graduates are currently enjoying successful careers in stockbroking, bond trading, investment strategy, investment and retail banking, portfolio fund management in the private sector. Others have taken up research positions at the Central Bank of Ireland, some continue to Ph.D. programmes to pursue an academic career. The diverse careers of our graduates reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.

Check out testimonials from graduates at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-graduates



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