What will I learn?

Finance is a stimulating and challenging discipline that offers a wide range of exciting and dynamic careers across the financial industry. Our MSc Finance has been designed to produce graduates that meet the demands of employers. The application of finance theory to real world problems is a consistent theme running through our modules. Extensive use of real-world data is a feature of all taught modules as we seek to integrate theory with real world practice. The programme offers an extensive training in the core areas of finance, such as Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance and Valuation, Derivatives securities, and Financial Risk Analysis; while also offering a Finance Live module, which will bring financial market participants and real financial market challenges to the classroom, giving students experience of critically evaluating real-world situations and solving problems. A novel Summer School in Data Management and Financial Analytics is designed to provide students with practical experience in software used across the industry. In combination, these modules deliver skills that will positively differentiate our graduates in the job market.

Course Structure

In common with the world of finance, our MSc Finance is a fast-moving and challenging programme. To begin, we offer a preparatory Autumn School to integrate students from different backgrounds and ensure that all students have the required levels of Finance, Maths & Statistics to succeed in the programme. Students will also be introduced to computer skills essential to modern finance. We then have two semesters of taught modules, during which each module is taught over four days. These four days will be timetabled three to four weeks apart so that learning can occur between the individual teaching days and permits time for reflection on content and the completion of projects and tasks. Our new Summer School and capstone project complete the programme.

Career Options

Our MSc Finance is an ideal launch pad for a successful career in the global world of finance. The programme is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and adaptability to forge a successful and sustainable career in the Financial sector. Investment Banking, Stockbroking, Corporate Finance, Central Banking, and Derivatives trading are among the diverse career paths accessible to graduates.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 17,006) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 June 2022

More details

Start date

19 September 2022


Maynooth University



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

Successful applicants will normally have:

  • A minimum 2.2 single honours (level 8) degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Maths or other quantitative discipline;
  • A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which one of the above disciplines constitute at least 50% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree.

Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be interviewed if they have:

  • A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which any of the above disciplines constitute between 20% and 49% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree;
  • A primary degree in any other discipline and have at least 5 years relevant work experience. This is done through the Maynooth University Procedure for Non-Standard Entrants and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 79 minimum
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 546 minimum
  • Cambridge Proficiency and Cambridge First: 176
  • PTE(Pearson): 58 minimum

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Maynooth University

Maynooth is an internationally esteemed ‘young’ university, with a rich heritage, that offers an excellent student learning experience.

  • Located in Ireland’s only university town, 25km from Dublin
  • Three faculties with 34 academic departments
  • No.43 in THE 100 Universities Under 50 rankings
  • International Office offering friendly, dedicated support

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