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Q. How much does the MSc cost?

A. The Masters in Finance has an annual fee of €13,250 for EU students, €16,500 for Non EU Students.

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Q. How long does it take?

A. The course lasts 11 months, with coursework over the September-April period and dissertation work over the May-July period.

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Q. My primary degree is not in finance, business or economics. Can I apply to do the MSc?

A. Yes, you can. However, if accepted, the course will assume that you have a comparable background to other class members. In particular, this is important for quantitative methods, accounting, and economics.

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Q. What are the minimum entry requirements?

A. You should have obtained an honours degree (preferably but not necessarily in economics, business or finance) with at least a grade of upper second or equivalent. Non-EU students may be required to submit a GMAT result. If English is not your native language, or you have not undertaken your undergraduate degree through English, you will also need to satisfy the university language requirements. Finally, if the admissions committee deems that you have insufficient preparation in management, economics, data analysis or financial statement analysis, we may require you to attend a brief course in one or more of these areas. You will have to pass these courses prior to formal admission. 

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Q. What is the closing date for applications?

A. The closing date for applications for this academic year is June 2013.

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Q. How do you choose students?

A. We do not apply mechanistic rules, and strive in the admissions process to create a class that will be balanced in terms of experience and background. The key elements that we will use include your undergraduate (and graduate if relevant) degree results , a GMAT score of at least 550 (for Non-EU applicants only), references and (if relevant) work experience.

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Q. How is the course delivered?

A. The course delivery is in an intensive bloc format. Typically each module (c 24h class contact) is delivered over a one week bloc, in the afternoons and early evening and occasionally on Saturday.

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Q. How do I apply?

A. All applications go via the electronic application portal www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate . Please do not send paper applications or any material to the School of Business, or to the Graduate Studies Office of TCD.

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Q. Can I work while undertaking the course?

A. We do not recommend that you work while taking the course.

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Q. Does the MSc exempt me from any of the CFA Institute examination?

A. No, although a number of courses have learning objectives that overlap in greater or lesser degree with the CFA examinations, and you should consider that you will be well prepared for these, no exemptions are given.

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Q. How is the MSc examined and assessed?

A. Each module typically contains three asessment elements; in class assignments, group or individual assignments and an end of semester examination. students must obtain a passing grade in all modules.

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Q. What is the difference between this and an MBA?

A. An MBA is a generalist degree, which exposes students to a wide variety of business disciplines (accounting, organizational behaviour, marketing etc). This degree is a specialist course which is aimed at students who wish to make or advance their career in the finance industry.

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Q. Can you tell me about the Advisory Board?

A. The advisory board consists of representatives of the financial services industry. At present it consists of Ms Aileen O'Donaghue, Chief Executive, Financial Services Ireland ; Mr. Joe Kavenagh, CFA , Risk Manager, KBC Asset Management and President, Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland (CFA Local Branch) ; Mr. John Kelly, Manager, Financial Services Division, Central Bank of Ireland; Mr. Kieran Bristow,Chief Investment Officer, Irish Life Investment Managers and Mr Terry Gallagher, a US based private investor. All members have very extensive experience of the financial services industry and provide a pool of experience and knowledge from which the MSc draws strategic direction. 

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Q. What careers can graduates expect?

A. Graduates of masters courses in finance typically find employment in analyst, fund management, fund administration, trading, and systems.

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Q. Can you tell me more about Trinity College Dublin?

A. The University of Dublin, Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity College is the sole constituent college of the University. At present there are over 12,000 students and 1,200 staff members working on the College campus. Standing on a self-contained site in the heart of Dublin, the College covers some 40 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces, around buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. Follow these links for information on the College,  a virtual tour and information on its visitor attractions including the Book of Kells.

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Q. Can you tell me more about Dublin and Ireland?

A. Dublin is the capital of Ireland. Situated on the river Liffey, its foundations lie in the Viking era. With a population of 1.2m, Dublin is a lively busy city with all the attractions of a capital. More detailed information on the city, from the perspective of a prospective student, can be found at the International Office website.

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Last updated 22 August 2014 business@tcd.ie.