The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the necessary tools required by the financial sector. Focusing on Financial Risk Analysis, Derivatives, Investments and Econometrics, this programme provides students with the quantitative skills needed by employers and thus opens up a diverse set of career opportunities both within and outside the financial sector. The emphasis is on ‘education’ with graduates encouraged to think for themselves and become proficient in problem solving.
The course 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 and also a module in Research Methods. All modules are a mixture of theory and practical application. In the second semester, students specialise in finance and must take modules in Financial Economics, Financial Risk Analysis and Empirical Finance, as well as one field course. Field courses offered in any year may include International Finance, Market Microstructure, Advanced Derivatives and Corporate Finance. During the summer, students are required to undertake a three-month Work Placement, subject to availability. If students cannot secure a Work Placement then it will be replaced by a Research Thesis.
The 2-year MSc in Economics and Financial Risk Analysis 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. This degree has the potential to open up career opportunities across the globe. As financial markets become more integrated, the career prospects of our graduates have become greatly enhanced. Recent graduates are currently enjoying successful careers in Credit risk management, insurance, hedge fund management, and investment and retail banking in the private sector. The diverse careers of our graduates reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.
An honours primary degree in any discipline. Students without any knowledge of economics are strongly advised to have a good background in Statistics and Quantitative Methods and/or to be prepared to undertake substantial independent study to equip themselves with the expected level of Economics. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Recipient: Maynooth University
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