Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH402

CAO Points : 454

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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This programme will challenge and stimulate students who wish to pursue a career in the financial markets.

The combination of financial, mathematical and computer programming skills will equip graduates to succeed and prosper in a fast-changing banking and financial sector. Students will have the opportunity to put the theory into practice during the work placement period and savour the daily life of a professional in the financial services industry.

Why choose this degree?

  • By choosing this degree you will learn the required skills from leading experts across three different disciplines; Finance, Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • You will be ready to pursue a career in the Financial Services industry, Financial Technology, Mathematics or Computer Programming.
  • You will develop problem-solving skills that will open up a wide range of future career opportunities, not just in the financial sector but anywhere an analytical and innovative mind is required.

Duration: 4 years 

First year

  • Finance and Economics (15 credits)
  • Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Plus another 15 credits from Accounting, double Computer Science, Critical Skills or your choice of a subject from Bachelor of Arts Groups 1, 2 or 6, except Mathematics (Pure). See BA groups table.

Students taking Accounting may transfer to MH401 Finance in second year, while students taking 22.5 credits of Computer Science may transfer to MH601 Computer Science and Software Engineering in second year.

2nd year

  • Finance and Economics (15 compulsory credits)
  • Computer Studies (20 compulsory credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (15 compulsory credits)
  • Plus 10 optional credits from one of:
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • or Mathematics

3rd year

  • Finance and Economics (10 credits)
  • Computer Studies (10 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Work Placement (subject to availability), Study Abroad or Research Project (30 credits)

Final year

  • Finance and Economics (10 compulsory credits)
  • Computer Studies (10 compulsory credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (10 compulsory credits)
  • Plus 30 optional credits from
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Computer Studies
    • Mathematics
    • or Statistics
Course Duration: 4 years

Options after graduation?
Graduates will be ideally placed to pursue a career in investment banking, treasury management, corporate finance, financial engineering, fintech and wealth management. Alternatively, graduates may prefer to pursue further studies. Many of our students continue to further postgraduate study in a very wide range of Business subjects at Maynooth University or another leading university in Ireland or abroad.

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 O1 H5
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants 

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 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 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants

Required to present: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & O1/H5 Mathematics. MH402 Round 1 Points 2023: 454


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.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.

The Maynooth Education

Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways.



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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