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Programme Overview

The financial world’s demand for innovation has always been intense. Today, as the financial markets become increasingly complex, the need for understanding markets, systems and financial instruments has never been greater.

The introduction of the M.Sc. in Finance and Capital Markets programme builds on the success DCU Business School has had in relation to the M.Sc. in Investment and Treasury,
which (since it’s inception in 1990) has established a strong reputation as the leading graduate finance programme in Ireland. This new one-year full-time programme is designed specifically for students who have just completed their undergraduate studies and want to complete a full-time taught postgraduate programme in Finance.

Students on the M.Sc. in Finance and Capital Markets will obtain excellent specialist training in treasury and investment activities in financial markets and institutions. They will also learn the latest quantitative and econometrics skills important in Financial Services. The M.Sc. in Finance and Capital Markets will emphasise the technical skills and rigour which have been increasingly important in Financial Markets.

Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirements for the programme:
• Those who hold an honours degree in a Business related subject.
• Those who expect to graduate in the year of entry with an honours degree in a Business related subject.
• Those who hold an honours degree in a subject other than Business which has a high technical content such as mathematics, statistics and engineering.
As the M.Sc. in Finance and Capital Markets emphasises technical skills and rigour, students should have shown aptitude in technical subjects in their undergraduate degree.

Programme Aims and Objectives
The principle aim of the programme is to develop students’ understanding of the conceptual framework underlying disciplines relevant to treasury management and financial markets; relevant technical and quantitative techniques; and methods of analysis used to evaluate financial issues.

• To develop students’ knowledge of the information sources
and analytical tools pertinent to effective treasury and investment management in financial markets.
• To gain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of financial markets and the treasury and investment management activities within these markets.
• To develop analytical and quantitative skills in financial problem-solving. Also, to develop transferable skills such as reasoning, report writing, independent learning, communication, critical thinking, self-management and presentation skills.
• To develop IT skills in statistical/econometric/forecasting using financial data at a level to empirically investigate financial issues/questions and reach valid conclusions.
• To equip students for careers in financial markets and institutions and treasury functions
of corporations, including government offices.
• To develop the necessary research skills that will equip students to pursue a PhD in Finance.

Programme Content
• Econometrics
• Financial Econometrics and Forecasting
• Corporate Finance and Valuation
• Corporate Treasury Management
• Accounting for Finance
• Financial Engineering and Risk Management
• Portfolio Theory and Fund Management
• Recent Research Topics in Finance
• Securities and Investment
• Equity Investment Analysis
• Fixed Income Markets and Instruments
• Research Methodology

Career Prospects
The programme is specifically designed to equip the ambitious student for the contemporary challenges and rewarding career opportunities currently being offered in the Financial Services industry. It will also provide the necessary tools for academic research at the subject’s frontier.

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme visit the Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC) at www.pac.ie to complete an online application.




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