Programme Code MSCFIND
Programme Duration 1
Programme Level 9
EQF Level 7
EHEA Level Second Cycle
Programme Credits 90
Semester Duration 0 Week(s)
Language of Instruction English
CAO Code; QQI Progamme Code etc

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

¿ Assimilate and evaluate financial theories, techniques and tools and evaluate their contribution towards both investment and strategic decision making
• Critically evaluate seminal, as well as, contemporary literature, paradigms and concepts which underpin the operation of international capital markets and the investment management process.
• Synthesise and evaluate theoretical and practical information within the fields of financial statement analysis, economics, quantitative methods, asset management, risk management, law and governance and corporate finance in order to address real industry issues.
• Select, categorise, appraise and employ advanced financial and quantitative tools and models, as well as, techniques in advanced problem solving scenarios and apply best practice to complex financial problems
¿ Select, evaluate, disseminate and address deficiencies in contemporary theories pertaining to investment management and corporate finance issues, with particular emphasis on risk management, regulation, and fund management and demonstrate the mastery to intuitively select, comprehend and apply appropriate information in order to solve the particular issue(s) being attended to.
¿ Critique the financing activities within capital markets, how firms raise capital and the implications of various financial decisions with particular emphasis on stock issuance, dividend policy, corporate debt, and hybrid forms of financing such as warrants and convertible bonds
¿ Demonstrate a judicious awareness of the diversity and complexity of international professional ethical and corporate governance standards (including corporate social responsibility) necessary in contemporary financial decision making
¿ Identify, evaluate and apply the relevant scientific research methods to collate, analyse and synthesise information from disparate sources and fields such as corporate finance, compliance and accountancy and based on this information formulate investment recommendations and wealth management solutions.
• Develop appropriate frameworks for analysing complex and dynamic financial problems and demonstrate the ability to both devise solutions and adapt solutions in light of customer/market demands, regulatory provisions and technological developments
• Critique, select and apply advanced mathematical and financial modeling skills in order to identify and manage credit and market risks within a variety of financial and regulatory contexts.
• Evaluate, combine and synthesize financial and statistical data and investment hypotheses across a range of economic, regulatory and ethical scenarios and develop appropriate strategic solutions based on independent research using contemporary academic and industry literature/practices
• Develop research, leadership and management skills appropriate within the context of financial services sector
• Critique and formulate expected investment return and risks for individual asset classes as well as diversified portfolios and demonstrate the capacity to compare alternative investment choices and make investment recommendations in light of regulatory and governance codes and laws.
• Select, evaluate and defend the rationale for particular, investment decisions, risk management strategies and use of particular analytical tools, techniques or technologies.
• Research independently and develop and present detailed solutions to practical financial problems across a range of scenarios where an incomplete data set is present.
• Contribute accordingly either as team leader or group member to the overall strategic decision making process within multidisciplinary group settings evident in financial market environments and demonstrate competence in the management of disparate functional elements (including: planning, analysis, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation and governance).
• Articulate, justify and defend to specialist and non-specialist audiences the investment management process undertaken, the rationale for various choices and the final asset allocation decision.
• Lead interdisciplinary teams in financial markets in the estimation and application of consistent and reliable valuation methods to develop an investment strategy which addresses (i) the asset allocation decision, (ii) how to finance the investment and (iii) how to manage the risk associated with the investment
• Validate and defend investment management and finance raising decisions and strategies to senior management teams in light of: changing risk profiles, industry developments and the legal context within which financial markets operate.
• Appreciate the dynamic nature of financial markets and the need to assimilate advanced and disparate knowledge skills and techniques across the domain and as such, exercise substantial personal autonomy in the development of knowledge resources and skills to address these changes.
• Critically reflect on the role of financial markets within the global economy and discern the responsibilities and implications of relevant regulatory bodies, as well as, necessity for ethical behaviour within this environment.
• Master the application of the relevant models and analysis in order to discern the technical, economic, legal, regulatory, environmental and social implications of decisions made in financial markets.
• Collate and categorise fundamental and technical analysis in order to synthesise complex financial, economic and statistical data to facilitate the development and proposal of progressive economic and social policy amendments and improvements within both a national and international context.
• Identify and formulate appropriate research questions and associated methodologies to address contemporary complex financial problems and hence formulate explanations for research findings and critically evaluate the importance of findings in the wider sectorial context

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Core Subject
Module Code Title
H9AV Asset Valuation
H9ECON Economics
H9FSA Financial Statement Analysis
H9QMF Quantitative Methods in Finance

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Core Subject
Module Code Title
H9ASA Applied Security Analysis
H9CF Corporate Finance
H9DRM Derivatives and Risk Managment
H9PFM Portfolio Management
H9QAF Quantitative Analysis for Finance

Stage 1 / Semester 3

Core Subject
Module Code Title
H9CSS Capstone Seminar Series
H9CSS Capstone Seminar Series
H9DISSER_A Dissertation
H9EG Ethics and Governance
H9FR Financial Regulation
Module Code Title
H9FQM Financial and Quantitative Modelling
H9GLENV Strategic Management and the Global Environment
H9GLENV Strategic Management and the Global Environment