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Finance (MA) (1 Year)

Course Description


The MA Finance is structured to provide a diverse and challenging education. Covering Derivatives, Investment and Risk Management, this programme 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. Successful graduates attain economic, quantitative and communication skills that are highly sought by employers in the public and private sectors.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-courses/ma-finance

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

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 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 MA Finance at Maynooth University could be the most important investment in your career. 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. 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.

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Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-courses/ma-finance#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Finance (MA) (1 Year) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The degree is targeted at high quality undergraduate students who have obtained at least a 2.1 degree in Economics or Finance or a degree with a substantial Mathematical quantitative component, such as Mathematics or Statistics, Engineering or Physics. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Course Fees

EU Tuition Fee: €5,250; International Tuition Fee: €13,000

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