Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH401

CAO Points : 357

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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In this degree you will learn how the financial system works – how assets are traded, international markets are linked, government policy decisions affect the economy and how financial markets respond. The potential to pursue a career in financial management or banking is opened up by choosing this degree.

  • Understand why currencies rise and fall, stock markets boom and bust, property values soar and crash and why interest rates fluctuate.
  • You will have the option of studying another subject as a Minor.
  • Learn how to use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions.

Finance and Economics are the major elements of your degree. Study of Finance begins in 2nd year as students first require an introduction to the principles of how markets work and how money and finance interact with the economy.

First year
Finance and Economics are the major elements of your degree. Study of Finance begins in 2nd year as students first require an introduction to the
principles of how markets work and how money and finance interact with the economy.
>>15 credits of Economics, 7.5 credits of Accounting, 7.5 credits of Mathematics
>>Option to take a further 7.5 credits of Mathematics
>>Optional (but recommended) extra 7.5 credits of Accounting in the 2nd semester
>>Choose 1 subject including Critical Skills from groups 1, 2 and 5 – maximum one per group

Second year: Students choose from these options (a) or (b)

(a) Choose between the Single Major and Major/Minor routes to degree level.
Single Major: about 50% of modules are compulsory and are in Finance and the parts of Economics important to Finance.
There are a lot of optional modules in Economics, and depending on your choices in the 2nd semester of 1st year you may take further modules in Financial Accounting and/or Mathematics.
Major/Minor: approximately 33% of your time is spent with the Minor subject, and you take fewer modules in Finance and Economics, though the core modules are still compulsory.
Minor subjects to choose from include Business, Computer Studies, Criminology, Geography, German, Greek, History, Law, Mathematical Studies, Music, Philosophy, Sociology or Spanish. You must have completed 15 credits in the subject in 1st year to be eligible for the Major/Minor.

BA Finance students may choose to take a year out between 2nd and final year either on placement (subject to availability) or studying abroad.

(b) Switch to the BA Accounting and Finance
degree (MH403).
MH401 is a sister degree to MH403 BA Accounting and Finance, with many modules in common. Side steps between the two degrees are allowed at the end of 1st year, depending on the 1st year optional modules chosen. Students can switch to MH403 Finance and Accounting degree at the end of first year
provided 22.5 credits of Accounting are taken in 1st year and you attain 60% if you did not have the required CAO points for entry to MH403.

Those who are reasonably certain they wish for a career in Accounting should consider MH403 which maximises Accounting exemptions. However modules such as Money and Banking, and Financial Institutions are not available to specialist Accountants (MH403). Some exemptions are available to those who choose to study Financial Accounting in all three years through MH401, taking either Finance (FIN) or International Finance and Economics (IFE).

Course Duration: 3 or 4 years

Finance graduates have strong numeracy skills, coupled with an ability to think critically and analytically – invaluable assets in a wide range of professions. Graduates can be found in the banking and financial services industry, economic consultancy, finance units of public and private sector organisations, financial research, journalism, and teaching. Some graduates combine their undergraduate degree in Finance with graduate studies or professional qualifications in a disparate range of fields, including accounting, IT, law and taxation.
Postgraduate degree holders are also to be found working in financial institutions, both public and private, in Dublin, London, New York, and around the globe. Current options include:
MSc in Finance / MSc in Economic and Financial Risk Analysis / PhD in Finance
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application and interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2021.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
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Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
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The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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