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Programme Structure


What’s special about the MSc in Finance?


  • Core Subjects, which give you a grounding in the theory and practice of financial management.

  • Select a ‘concentration’ to tailor the course to your needs, strengths and interests. Pick one of four strands: Financial Analysis, Risk Management, Accounting and Finance, or General. The strand you choose will influence which electives you will take.

  • Personal and Professional Development is a key outcome for our graduates – develop your ‘soft skills’, learn about CVs, interview techniques, careers advice, Trinity alumni, Bloomberg Terminal and much more.

  • The Research Project is a key practical application of the course, where you will conduct a substantial piece of applied research.

  • Gain key international financial designations from the CFA Institute, the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association, and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.

What’s on the course?

If you are interested in pursuing a specialization, you can pick either Financial Analysis, Risk Management, or Accounting and Finance. Alternatively, you can stay in the General strand, which gives you the greatest freedom of movement. All students complete twelve modules.

Core Modules

  1. Corporate Finance
  2. Credit and Fixed Income Analysis
  3. Derivatives
  4. Financial Statement Analysis
  5. Investment Theory
  6. Wealth Management

Elective Modules

All students choose six other modules from this list:

Advanced Statement Analysis
Alternative Investments
Applied Investment Management & Trading
Asset Liability Management
Auditing I**
Behavioural Finance
Data Analysis
Enterprise Risk Management
Equity and Bond Strategies
Financial Econometrics
Financial Regulation
International Finance
Management Accounting and Control
Mathematics of Contingent Claims
Risk Quantification and Measurement
Securitization and Structured Finance
Treasury Management
Policy Issues in the Intl Economic System
Venture Capital

** Auditing I is only available to students who have completed Financial Statement Analysis

Students pursuing the General strand choose any six from this list. If you opt for one of the other three strands (Financial Analysis, Risk Management, or Accounting and Finance), then three of the modules above will be compulsory, which means you will have a free choice for a further three electives.

Modules on offer may change for operational or academic reasons.

Research Project

This is the culmination of your entire MSc experience. The goal is for each student to apply the array of techniques and knowledge that they have acquired to a real-world managerial, financial or academic concern. For students who have chosen a specialization, this project gives them the opportunity to explore their area of expertise in even greater depth.

The Academic Year

Classes run throughout the academic year, from September to April, with exams at the end of each semester. Continuous assessment forms a major component of your grade. The Research Project is due at the end of August.

Last updated 22 August 2014