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NEW PROGRAMME: Professional Certificate in

Capital Markets, Investments and Funds

Apply now to commence studies in October 2024
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  • Duration
  • 1 trimester
  • Programme
  • 1 Module
  • Study
  • Online
  • Fees
  • €1,595
  • Level
  • NFQ 9, 10 ECTS
  • At a glance

    The Professional Certificate in Capital Markets, Investments and Funds is designed to deepen your knowledge of the drivers of performance of capital markets and of capital market products, the settlement and trade life cycles, regulations, and the importance of risk management and operational robustness in the fund management sector.

    The programme is targeted at the fund management industry, bringing together all the major areas of requisite knowledge required for portfolio and risk management processes within the funds and investment environment.

    Awarding Body


    Who is this programme for?

    Professionals in the funds, capital markets and asset management industry, drawing on and integrating key areas of essential knowledge, theory and practice required by individuals associated with the investment and risk management processes. It is designed for:

    • Capital Markets and Banking specialists

    • Equity and Debt Raising professionals

    • Corporate Finance advisers

    • Asset managers and fund service providers

    • Accountants, lawyers and other professionals who provide advise in the areas of capital markets, investment and funds

    • Those involved in wealth management and advise

    • Internal Audit staff who assess investment and risk processes

    • Compliance professionals

    • Fund Managers / Fund Promoters

    • Financial control staff with responsibility for budget setting, capital allocation, financial performance evaluation and financial/regulatory reporting

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    How you will benefit

    On completing the Professional Certificate in Captial Markets, Investments and Funds, you will be expected to:

    • Describe and explain the theory and practice underpinning capital markets activities, and the operations required to facilitate investors in those markets in achieving their investments goals;

    • Identify capital markets main participants, outline their roles and also the variety of products commonly traded through capital markets and their settlement and reporting cycles. Explain how the funds industry interacts with capital markets and capital markets participants;

    • Outline and discuss the key market drivers of capital markets operations and fund performance;

    • Understand the key processes which underpin a robust risk management system in the funds area, and investigate cases when investments / investment strategies fail in implementation or failures in the trade life cycle;

    • Have an understanding of the regulatory regime for funds and review the consequences of regulatory change across capital markets from the perspective of an investment funds manager, distributor, funds services providers, and the investor in those funds;

    • Drawing on your learning, identify and pursue career enhancement / professional development opportunities within capital markets and the funds industry.


    Kevin McConnell

    Kevin McConnell

    Kevin, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is an external specialist consultant in the banking and investment sectors with over 25 years of experience in financial markets. Working with banks, regulators and investors in Credit, Capital, Stress Testing and Strategy, Kevin has experience in over a dozen regulatory jurisdictions across Europe, US and Emerging markets.

    He has worked through a range of mid-tier to top tier M&A transactions providing stress testing/due diligence consultancy, and transaction advisory. He was a member of Committee on Collective Investment Governance (CCIG) of Central Bank of Ireland (2014) which supported the development of CP86.

    He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute. He developed and delivers the post graduate programs in Alternative Assets at IOB (UCD), in Wealth Management in the Masters in Finance at Trinity College Dublin, and on the Certified Bank Director program in Ireland and UK.

    Kevin is also deputy chair of the Irish platform one of the largest CLO originators in Europe and is chief executive of GEM Strategic, a specialist consultancy firm.

    IFS Skillnet

    • This programme has IFS Skillnet funding available for certain companies. You should check if your company has IFS Skillnet approval.

    • Please note funding available for modules running up until end of 2024 only, a new application will be required for modules running in 2025 if funding is available.

    • The availability of funding for modules in future trimesters will be confirmed in advance of their commencement.

    • Tax relief may be available to candidates who are paying fees in a personal capacity. Further information is available from

    • Funding it subject to availability

    Professional Certificate in Capital Markets, Investments and Funds - IFS Skillnet form

    View the IFS Skillnet Checklist


    The programme fee is €1,595.

    Fees for IFS Skillnet member 

    The programme fee is €1,195

    Note: Students without IFS Skillnet funding should apply using the Apply now button above.


    The programme is delivered online.


    When you successfully complete this programme, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Capital Markets, Investments and Funds from UCD.

    This is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications. 


    Continuous assessment which carries 30% of the final grade and a two-hour end of trimester exam worth 70%.

    Next intake

    Autumn Trimester - (2024-2025 academic year)

    Please note that the programme content and fees are subject to change in the 2024/2025 academic year. Any changes will be outlinged in the 2024/2025 prospectus and at in August - the start of the new academic year.



    The Professional Certificate in Capital Markets, Investments and Funds comprises one module worth 10 ECTS academic credits.

    Capital Markets, Investments and Funds

    Understanding Financial Markets

    Financial markets history: Equities, Bonds, Alternatives markets. Evolution and importance of capital markets. Understanding the core financial markets and history of asset prices.

    Portfolio Management Part 1: Economics of Investment Management

    Economics for Equity, Bonds, Property, Cash, other Alternatives. Impact of economic cycles on market returns and asset performance. Impact of Monetary Authorities and of Fiscal policy.

    Key Legal Regulatory Requirements Part 1

    Funds & Investments Regulations for capital markets, market participants and market structure. Markets Regulations.

    Portfolio Management Part 2: a) Mathematics of Risk & Return

    Measuring of performance, VAR, IRRs, Beta, Duration. Time Values, Discounting, Bond returns.

    b) Asset Valuation

    Key drivers of valuation - Bonds, Equities, Property, Alternatives. Valuation models and techniques.

    Risk Management

    Market Risk, Volatility, Liquidity Risk , Climate Risk, FX Risk, Interest Rate Risk. 3 Lines of Defence, Regulatory Reporting Requirements.

    Hedging Portfolios & Derivatives

    Key Uses of Derivatives - Calls, Puts, Futures, Interest Rate SWAPs, Total Return SWAPs, Credit Derivatives.

    Alternative Investment Management

    Real Estate, Private Equity/Private Credit/Debt, Hedge Funds , Commodities, Infrastructure, Digital Assets.

    Portfolio Management Part 3: Building/Managing Portfolios

    Fund development, investment selection, investment management. Case studies in investment management.

    Key Legal Regulatory Requirements Part 2

    Funds Regulations / Funds Law-UCITS / AIFMD / PRIIPS / CP86. Key fund structures and regulations. Protection of institutional and retail investors. Designated person for Investment Management (PCF 39D).

    Sustainable Investing

    ESG, Climate Risk Investing, Investing for Transition, SFDR Article 6,8,9 Investment Funds.

    Portfolio Management Part 4: Investments & Funds Due Diligence

    Key due diligence questions in building and managing assets and investment funds portfolios for all major fund industry participants.

    Key dates

    Level 9 key dates 2023/2024

    Examination schedule 2023/2024

    Next intake

    Autumn Trimester - (2024-2025 academic year)

    Please note that the programme content and fees are subject to change in the 2024/2025 academic year. Any changes will be outlinged in the 2024/2025 prospectus and at in August - the start of the new academic year.


    The minimum entry requirements to the Professional Certificate in Capital Markets Investments and Funds.

    • Will normally possess an Hons. Degree (Second class Hons. Grade 2 award or higher) and have employment experience in financial services sector


    • Applications from aspiring candidates who do not satisfy criterion 1 above but have significant employment experience at middle to senior management level, will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

    Professional body membership  

    You must be a current member of IOB, or become a member, to apply for this programme.

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