MSc Pathway

Master Financial Services online with IOB

The Pathway to MSc in Financial Services is a flexible new way for you to master skills critical for tackling complex financial services management challenges that are aligned to your career plans. If you’re an experienced professional who wants to deepen expertise in your chosen career while enhancing your strategic mindset, then this flexible Pathway to MSc offers you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.


Pathway to MSc in Financial Services

The NEW Pathway to MSc in Financial Services is ideal for financial services professionals who are in leadership positions, or who aspire to leadership roles.

The Pathway to MSc in Financial Services aims to develop expertise in your chosen areas of interest (e.g. Digital, Data, Culture, Risk Management, Retail Banking or Investment Funds) while fostering a strategic perspective to enable you to assess strategic alternatives, identify new growth opportunities, and solve complex problems in financial services.

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The curriculum develops industry specific knowledge and research insights and utilises students’ practical experience to promote peer learning. An important aspect of the programme is the integration of technical skills and a focus on strategic challenges facing financial institutions to identify opportunities and threats arising in the global marketplace.

Students will critically evaluate the implications of operating in a dynamic business environment and the challenges they face in developing and executing strategies to provide value added products, services and solutions as firms seek to create compelling value propositions to support sustainable competitive advantage

How you will benefit

On completing the MSc in Financial Services, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilise in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge necessary to manage in the evolving financial services landscape

  • Critically appraise the forces shaping financial services (including regulation, technology, competition, risk, customer/client expectations)

  • Assimilate a range of theoretical and empirical evidence to analyse complex problems and develop and evaluate innovative solutions and strategic alternatives

  • Formulate strategy and policy for the financial services firm cognisant of the impact it may have on wider society and the need to recommend courses of action in an ethical and sustainable manner

  • Critically evaluate the trade-offs between an institution’s risk appetite, related internal control framework, operating model and its profitability

  • Communicate clearly to stakeholders, using appropriate media and reporting standards, contemporary issues, decisions and developments in retail banking and financial services.


When you successfully complete this programme, you will be awarded the MSc in Financial Services from UCD. This is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Professional Body Membership

You must be a current member of IOB, or become a member, to register for this programme. Membership is currently €80 per calendar year.

Continuous Professional Development

If you hold an IOB designation or a designation managed by IOB, CPD hours may be awarded on successful completion of this programme.

Next steps

To complete the MSc, students must complete the Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services (30 ECTS), and two of the following programmes (30 ECTS each);