Higher Diploma On Campus

Arts (Finance)

Maynooth University

12 months
15000 EUR/year
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This is a one year full-time programme. The Arts (Finance) course from Maynooth University provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Finance.

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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 such as Corporate Finance, Fixed Income Markets and Financial Accounting. Students complete a research thesis in a topic of their own choosing. A performance of 60% or better in the diploma guarantees a place on our Master’s programme.


After this 1-year intensive  Arts (Finance) course from Maynooth University , graduates will be well-equipped with the skills to begin a career in the financial sector. This is a high-growth, constantly-evolving sector with diverse career opportunities at home and abroad.

Graduates who wish to continue their studies may pursue one of our MSc programmes subject to meeting the entry requirements.

Graduates of this programme are currently enjoying successful careers in Investment and Retail Banking, Portfolio Fund Management, Professional Accountancy, Corporate Recovery, Regulatory Agencies, NGOs, Government service, Stockbroking, Bond trading in the private sector. Others have taken up research positions at the Central Bank of Ireland, some continue to PhD programmes to pursue an academic career. The diverse careers of our graduates reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Econometrics
  • Investments (Portfolio Selection & Analysis)    
  • Derivatives 1: Forwards, Futures & Swaps    
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting For Non-accountants    
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Microeconomics    
  • Intermediate Quantitative Analysis For Economics And Business

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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General requirements

  • An honours primary degree in any discipline. Students without any knowledge of Economics or Finance are strongly advised to have a good background in Statistics and Quantitative Methods and to be prepared to undertake substantial independent study to equip themselves with the expected level of Economics and Finance.

  • Well-motivated, quantitatively-able honours graduates of any discipline are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level, a primary degree in any other discipline and have at least 5 years relevant work experience.

  • In exceptional cases, consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years’ relevant work experience, at least three of which are in a management position.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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