3 stages

Stage 1

University Diploma in Financial Services

Stage 2

Consists of four core modules and any other two modules;

Core

  • Principles and Practice of Banking* (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Principles of Credit Risk (NFQ Level 8, 5 ECTS)

  • Customer Experience Management* (NFQ Level 8, 5 ECTS)

  • Corporate Governance and Finance (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Options

  • SME Credit Risk Assessment (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • SME Financing and Distressed Credit Analysis (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Personal Debt Management and Personal Insolvency (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Stage 3

To be admitted to Stage 3 you must have successfully completed Stage 2. This stage comprises of six modules;

  • International Finance (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Treasury and Risk Management (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Portfolio Management (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Personal Development Planning (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Strategy for Financial Services (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Banking in a Digital Age (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Students who have partially completed the BFS in the past should contact the Institute to discuss their module options.

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Curriculum


3 stages

Stage 1

University Diploma in Financial Services

Stage 2

Consists of four core modules and any other two modules;

Core

  • Principles and Practice of Banking* (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Principles of Credit Risk (NFQ Level 8, 5 ECTS)

  • Customer Experience Management* (NFQ Level 8, 5 ECTS)

  • Corporate Governance and Finance (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Options

  • SME Credit Risk Assessment (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • SME Financing and Distressed Credit Analysis (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Personal Debt Management and Personal Insolvency (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Stage 3

To be admitted to Stage 3 you must have successfully completed Stage 2. This stage comprises of six modules;

  • International Finance (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Treasury and Risk Management (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Portfolio Management (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Personal Development Planning (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Strategy for Financial Services (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

  • Banking in a Digital Age (NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Students who have partially completed the BFS in the past should contact the Institute to discuss their module options.

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DATA PROTECTION NOTICE

About this data protection notice

This is a statement of the practices of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, 1 North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1 (trading as The Institute of Banking) (‘the Institute’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) in connection with the capture of personal data on this webform and the steps taken by the Institute to respect your privacy.

The Institute is a Data Controller and is committed to protecting your rights and any personal information which you provide to the Institute will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation.

The privacy notice explains the following:

  • What information do we collect about you?
  • The purpose for collecting your personal data
  • The legal bases for collecting your personal data
  • Are you required to provide the information?
  • How we store and secure personal data?
  • Details of third parties with whom we share personal data
  • What are your rights?

What information do we collect about you?

The data we collect from you will be used by the Institute only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. We will collect your data via webform on www.iob.ie.

The data collected in this webform will be shared with the following areas of the Institute:

  • Programme Management Department
  • Marketing Department

The purpose for collecting your data

The data we collect about you will be used for:

  • providing information on the programme(s) for which you have completed an expression of interest webform;
  • notifying you of promotional events related to this programme or programmes e.g. Programme Taster Lectures, The Institute of Banking Open Evening; and
  • advising you of upcoming application and registration closing dates for this programme or programmes.

The legal basis for collecting your data

For the purposes outlined in this privacy notice your personal data will be processed on the basis of Explicit Consent.

By ticking the box above you confirm that you are providing your informed consent to the processing of your data.

Are you required to provide the information?

We require you to complete the mandatory fields identified in this webform for the purposes outlined above. If you do not provide us with the information required in these fields, we may be unable to process this Expression of Interest form.

How we store and secure your data

Any data we collect from you will be stored confidentially and securely. The Institute is committed to ensuring all accesses to, uses of, and processing of Institute data is performed in a secure manner.

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary to provide our services to you and for such a period of time after this as is necessary to comply with our obligations under applicable law and, if relevant, to deal with any claim or dispute that may arise in connection with our relationship with you.

For the purposes described here we will store your data for one calendar year from the date you submit the webform. Before the end of this calendar year, we will contact you to ask if you wish to re-confirm your consent to the storing and processing of your data for the purposes outlined above.

When we store your personal data on our systems the data will be stored on the Institute’s secure I.T. platforms within the EEA which are also subject to European data protection requirements.

Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The Institute will share your data with third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined here.

We will share your information with our service providers (e.g. printers, I.T. support, auditors, legal advisors, and other professional advisors).

We may also disclose your information where required by law to do so.

Your information will not be shared with any other third parties.

When we share your data with the third parties outlined here the Institute will ensure that the data is only processed according to our specific instructions and that the same standards of confidentiality and security are maintained. Once the processing of the data is complete any third parties with whom data was shared will be required to return the data to the Institute save where they are required to retain it by law.

What are your rights?

You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions:

  • You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal data, which The Institute of Banking holds about you.
  • The right to have any inaccuracies in your personal data amended.
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to have the personal data that we hold about you erased.
  • The right to restrict the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require us to transmit that data to another controller.
  • You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Contact

If you have any queries relating to the processing of your personal data for the purposes outlined above or you wish to make a request in relation to your rights you can contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed you may in the first instance contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

The Institute of Banking has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted through [email protected] or by writing to:

The Data Protection Officer, The Institute of Banking, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

If you remain dissatisfied then you have the right to apply directly to the Data Protection Commission for a decision. The Data Protection Commission can be contacted at:

Data Protection Commission
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
R32 AP23 Co. Laois
www.dataprotection.ie

The Institute of Bankers in Ireland (a company limited by guarantee)trading as The Institute of Banking

Registered Number: 197171
Registered Charitable Organisation
Charity Registration Number: 20026950
CHY Number: 10530

P: +353 (0)1 6116500
F: +353 (0)1 6116565
E: [email protected]

Privacy Statement
Terms and conditions

Express an interest

Express interest for this programme

DATA PROTECTION NOTICE

About this data protection notice

This is a statement of the practices of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, 1 North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1 (trading as The Institute of Banking) (‘the Institute’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) in connection with the capture of personal data on this webform and the steps taken by the Institute to respect your privacy.

The Institute is a Data Controller and is committed to protecting your rights and any personal information which you provide to the Institute will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation.

The privacy notice explains the following:

  • What information do we collect about you?
  • The purpose for collecting your personal data
  • The legal bases for collecting your personal data
  • Are you required to provide the information?
  • How we store and secure personal data?
  • Details of third parties with whom we share personal data
  • What are your rights?

What information do we collect about you?

The data we collect from you will be used by the Institute only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. We will collect your data via webform on www.iob.ie.

The data collected in this webform will be shared with the following areas of the Institute:

  • Programme Management Department
  • Marketing Department

The purpose for collecting your data

The data we collect about you will be used for:

  • providing information on the programme(s) for which you have completed an expression of interest webform;
  • notifying you of promotional events related to this programme or programmes e.g. Programme Taster Lectures, The Institute of Banking Open Evening; and
  • advising you of upcoming application and registration closing dates for this programme or programmes.

The legal basis for collecting your data

For the purposes outlined in this privacy notice your personal data will be processed on the basis of Explicit Consent.

By ticking the box above you confirm that you are providing your informed consent to the processing of your data.

Are you required to provide the information?

We require you to complete the mandatory fields identified in this webform for the purposes outlined above. If you do not provide us with the information required in these fields, we may be unable to process this Expression of Interest form.

How we store and secure your data

Any data we collect from you will be stored confidentially and securely. The Institute is committed to ensuring all accesses to, uses of, and processing of Institute data is performed in a secure manner.

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary to provide our services to you and for such a period of time after this as is necessary to comply with our obligations under applicable law and, if relevant, to deal with any claim or dispute that may arise in connection with our relationship with you.

For the purposes described here we will store your data for one calendar year from the date you submit the webform. Before the end of this calendar year, we will contact you to ask if you wish to re-confirm your consent to the storing and processing of your data for the purposes outlined above.

When we store your personal data on our systems the data will be stored on the Institute’s secure I.T. platforms within the EEA which are also subject to European data protection requirements.

Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The Institute will share your data with third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined here.

We will share your information with our service providers (e.g. printers, I.T. support, auditors, legal advisors, and other professional advisors).

We may also disclose your information where required by law to do so.

Your information will not be shared with any other third parties.

When we share your data with the third parties outlined here the Institute will ensure that the data is only processed according to our specific instructions and that the same standards of confidentiality and security are maintained. Once the processing of the data is complete any third parties with whom data was shared will be required to return the data to the Institute save where they are required to retain it by law.

What are your rights?

You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions:

  • You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal data, which The Institute of Banking holds about you.
  • The right to have any inaccuracies in your personal data amended.
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to have the personal data that we hold about you erased.
  • The right to restrict the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require us to transmit that data to another controller.
  • You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Contact

If you have any queries relating to the processing of your personal data for the purposes outlined above or you wish to make a request in relation to your rights you can contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed you may in the first instance contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

The Institute of Banking has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted through [email protected] or by writing to:

The Data Protection Officer, The Institute of Banking, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

If you remain dissatisfied then you have the right to apply directly to the Data Protection Commission for a decision. The Data Protection Commission can be contacted at:

Data Protection Commission
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
R32 AP23 Co. Laois
www.dataprotection.ie

The Institute of Bankers in Ireland (a company limited by guarantee)trading as The Institute of Banking

Registered Number: 197171
Registered Charitable Organisation
Charity Registration Number: 20026950
CHY Number: 10530

P: +353 (0)1 6116500
F: +353 (0)1 6116565
E: [email protected]

Privacy Statement
Terms and conditions

Who is this programme for?

The Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS) Degree programme addresses the educational needs of those who wish to develop management and senior management careers in financial services. The BFS provides those who work in banking with an ideal opportunity to acquire a level 8 University degree, which is recognised and supported by the financial services industry.

While providing a broad business foundation, this programme also examines contemporary issues of importance to the financial services industry. A key feature of this programme is that it merges academic knowledge with relevant professional skills and has been developed by both industry and academic subject leaders. Different modules involve various delivery approaches from a combination of eLearning and workshops to full days of lectures. The BFS is designed with those working full-time in mind, and is flexible so that candidates can continue to pursue their career goals while studying.

How will you benefit

Upon successful completion of the BFS degree graduates are expected to be able to;

  • Broaden and deepen their technical understanding of the main activities in banking and associated risks.

  • Develop a highly marketable and transferable skill set, including decision-making, problem-solving, communication and analytic skills.

  • Enhance their critical awareness and understanding of the contemporary issues in financial services.

  • Apply concepts and techniques to evaluate complex business problems to aid decision-making.

  • Develop and critically evaluate strategy and the sustainability of business models in banking and financial services.

  • Integrate learning into professional practice to take responsibility for personal and professional development.

Continuous Professional Development

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

Delivery

Online, workshops, eLearning

Assessment

Combination of continuous assessment and written exams. The Personal Development Planning module at Stage 3 is 100% continuous assessment. The pass mark is 40% in line with UCD academic policy. 

Award

When you successfully complete this programme, you will be awarded Bachelor of Financial Services (level 8) from UCD.

Professional designation

Members who complete the relevant modules, and who commit to completing Continuing Professional Development hours, will be entitled to use the designation Professional Banker.

Fees

Stage 1

  • From €295 per module

Stage 2

  • Core modules (excluding the Corporate Governance and Finance modules): €475 per module

  • Optional modules (including the Wealth Management module): €495 per module

  • Corporate Governance and Finance €630 per module 

Stage 3

  • Core modules (excluding Banking in a Digital Age) €630

  • Banking in a Digital Age €495

*Please note that there is a core textbook required for these modules. This can be purchased at the same time as your module registration. Textbooks required for Corporate Governance and Finance and Stage 3 modules are not supplied by the Institute. 

Commencement Date:

September 2019

Closing Date:

Monday, 09 September 2019


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Entry Requirements

Holders of the University Diploma in Financial Services are eligible for direct entry to Stage 2, subject to the completion of the three mandatory modules.

Holders of the Joint Financial Services Diploma are eligible for entry to Stage 2 subject to matriculation, which involves an NUI fee of €150. Further information is available from the Programme Manager.

Applicants with an ordinary degree in business (or equivalent) will be considered for direct entry to Stage 2.

Professional Body Membership

You must be a current member of The Institute of Banking, or become a member, to register for this programme. Membership is currently €40 per calendar year.

Please note, the Professional Banker designation is a fundamental acquirement for those seeking to develop and advance a career in banking, including management roles. The annual designation fee is €235.