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Course Director: Dr.Antoinette Flynn
t: +353-61-202106
Course Administrator: Kathy Ryan
t: +353-61-234389

AY 2019 / 20 Course Fees                                          Click to view Programme Brochure
Full Time: EU €8,432  Non EU €13,814
(including UL Student Centre levy, €90)

The MSc in Financial Services is a one-year full-time programme of study designed to equip students with the balance of academic knowledge and technical skills that are required for high value-added positions available in the Financial Services industry in Ireland and abroad.

Why should you consider an MSc in Financial Services?
  • Exceptional employment prospects

  • The MSc in Financial Services won the GradIreland Postgraduate course of the year 2011 – business

  • The Kemmy Business School is the only campus in Ireland with a fully equipped Trading Floor offering students the ability to deepen their theoretical understanding and provides valuable market experience

  • The MSc in Financial services offers students electives which allow them to tailor their academic programme

  • The programme includes valuable professional development and self-positioning skills – an increasingly important ability in today’s competitive job market

  • Trading Floor certification and an international business trip are included in the programme




Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 (Summer) 
AC6061 Financial Analysis & Governance

C06001 Professional Development 1

FI6101  Global Finance & Capital Markets

FI6131  Trading Floor Certification

FI6141  Derivative Markets

SG6002 Corporate Responsibility

FI6111  Research Methods in Finance 1
C06002 Professional Development 2

FI6091  Wealth & Portfolio Management

FI6112  Research Methods in Finance 2
FI6103  Dissertation in Finance 1

FI6113  Dissertation in Finance 2

FI6123  International Business Workshop
  Electives – Choose 2
EC6112 Econometrics
FI6022  Financial Engineering
IN6012  Financial Regulation
IN6022  Insuring Risk in Nature & Industry
TX6022  Principles of International Tax
IN6052 Risk Analytics & Big Data
Electives – Choose 1
EC6052  International Economic Issues
MN6062  Project Management
PM6072  Leadership, Influence & Change
Option to Exit with a
Graduate Diploma in Financial Services



Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree in a relevant discipline (for example, business, finance, economics, social science and mathematics).  However, students from cognate backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. An interview may form part of the application process. Applicants who cannot satisfy the minimum 2:2 honours primary degree requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience.

In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements


The programme will be delivered through traditional lectures and tutorials.  Furthermore a live trading floor experience and computer lab workshops make this a very interactive experience. Experts from industry will give guest lectures and students will undertake an international study trip.

There will be a mix of continuous assessment and end-of-term exams.  Individual and group projects will also feature on many modules.

Research Methods
To enable students to carry out independent resaerch for their dissertation component of the programme there are two research methods modules.

Professional Development
Students will participate in workshops, seminars and assessment/development programmes to identify their key competencies and development needs.


The KBS MSc in Financial Services programme is hard work but always interesting. The teaching faculty have so much industry experience which really helps with our understanding of the material. The faculty are very supportive and very approachable for any issues that we may have. I especially like the mix of lectures and practical assignments, particularly the trading floor experience. Every assignment is relevant not only to each module, but there is also a real ‘work life’ aspect in whatever we are asked to carry out. The on-going feedback is always beneficial to us. Our social life has not been sacrificed, we have a great group and again, the KBS lecturers organise sports and social outings. I have no doubt that this programme will not only prepare us for the challenges of a competitive job market but also differentiate us as candidates.

Erin King – 2011/12 MSc FS Class Representative


The MSc in Financial Services has been one of the most challenging and enjoyable years of my life.  There will be times when you will be working crazy hours, but the satisfaction you get from getting through each semester is second to none and you will make friends for life through it.
The lecturers have been a brilliant part of the course, all of whom have a wealth of experience and knowledge around each subject.  Something that really stands out is how approachable and helpful they are throughout.
The Trading Floor has Bloomberg terminals and this has been an invaluable tool throughout the course.  Many of the subjects have projects using Bloomberg and you will get extensive experience of using the interface in the Trading Floor.  The familiarity with Bloomberg really impresses potential employers when it comes to interviews.
Integral to the course is the Professional Development module where you will fine-tune your performance in interviews and assessment centers.   In my experience this gives UL students from this course a competitive edge when examining career options and doing interviews. Ultimately the amount of opportunities this Masters has offered me and my classmates have been incredible.
I am convinced it will give you the tools and experience you need to pursue a career in financial services.  If you are pondering whether you should do this I recommend it 100%!

Nessa Harney, August 2015