Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH402

CAO Points : 476

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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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 Studies.
  • 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.

First year


  • Finance and Economics (15 credits)
  • Computer Studies (15 credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Plus another 15 credits from
    • Accounting
    • Double Computer Studies
    • Choice of subject from Group 1, 2 or 6, except Mathematics (Pure)
    • or Critical Skills

Students taking Accounting may transfer to MH401 Finance in second year, while students taking Computer Studies 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
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • or Mathematics

3rd year

  • Finance and Economics (10 credits)
  • Computer Studies (10 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Industrial Placement (subject to availability) 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

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. We offer a range of postgraduate courses which currently include:

  • MSc in Economic and Financial Risk Analysis
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Computer Science (Applied)
  • MSc in Data Science and Analytics

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 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.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021.

Mature applicants to MH402 Quantitative Finance will be invited in for a test as part of the application process. The test will have a Mathematics component so applicants will be assessed in Mathematics.

You do not need to have a particular Leaving Certificate grade (i.e. qualification) in Mathematics to apply, however an O1/H5 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics (or equivalent) is the minimum level of Mathematics, which will be expected.

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: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & O1/H5 Mathematics

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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