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. You will learn how to use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions and be prepared, both intellectually and practically, for employment in the highly competitive and dynamic world of international finance.

  • This degree is not suitable for those mostly interested in the accounting side of finance (though all students are recommended to take one module in Accounting).

Study Economics, Mathematics and a choice of languages or Computer Studies. Languages available: Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Chinese, French, German and Spanish are available to complete beginners. H4 is required to study Advanced French. Advanced German or Spanish requires H4.

Either work or study abroad in 3rd year (or work in an internationally orientated company in Ireland – all subject to availability). You may study abroad in the 1st semester, and work in the 2nd.

First year

> 15 credits of Economics
> 7.5 credits of Mathematics (taking an extra 7.5 credits of Mathematics in 2nd semester is recommended)
> Students also take 1 subject from Chinese*, French*, German*, Spanish* or Computer Studies and 1 other subject from groups 1, 2 or 5 including Critical Skills (maximum 1 subject per group). Students are strongly recommended to take 7.5 credits of Accounting, however, because of timetable
restrictions, it will only be available to those taking Computer Science, Spanish or German (not as beginner).
These students will have a second opportunity to take an Introduction to Accounting course in 2nd year.

Second year

Choose between 2 possible routes:
> Single Major in Economics and Finance
> Major/Minor with Economics and Finance as the Major and either Computer Studies or their 1st year language as a Minor. If continuing with Computer Science, students change into the MH401 FIN stream. Approximately 33% of a student’s time is spent on the Minor
> Optional 10 credit Elective in 2nd year

Third year

> Work placement in an international company and/or study abroad (subject to availability)

Final year

Back on the Maynooth University campus taking the Single Major or Major/Minor (depending on the 2nd year option chosen).
* Beginners language programme available. This requires 30 credits in the language (French, German or Spanish). Chinese Studies is a 15 credit option.

Course Duration: 4 years (BA)

Head of Department

Department of Economics

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.
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. We currently offer the following postgraduate courses:
  • MSc Finance / MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis / PhD 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 Entry Requirements: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics. French: H5 required if choosing French (H4 from 2020). Advanced German or Spanish: Leaving Cert H5 required (H4 from 2020). Beginner German, French, Chinese and Spanish: no previous study required.
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


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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