University College Dublin
The Pathway to the MSc in Financial Services is a flexible way for you to master skills critical skills that are aligned to your career plans and that prepare you for tackling complex financial services management challenges.
If you’re an experienced professional who wants to deepen expertise in your chosen career while enhancing your strategic mindset, then this flexible MSc Pathway offers you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.
University College Dublin
Who is it for?
The programme 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.
The curriculum develops industry specific knowledge and research insights and utilises your 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.
You will critically evaluate the implications of operating in a dynamic business environment and the challenges you 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
The routes to attaining the MSc in Financial Services award
There are two routes to attaining the MSc award. The first is to study the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning or the Graduate Diploma in Digital and Data Strategy in Financial Services and then the Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services.
The Graduate Diploma programmes are six module programmes that run over 18 months. Students must receive 2.2 or higher in the Graduate Diploma programmes to receive the MSc award at the end of their study.
On the second route, students must complete two of a number of Professional Diplomas from our postgraduate offerings and then the Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services.
Students complete individual Professional Diplomas on a stand alone basis, but need to complete all three Diplomas within seven years to be eligible for the MSc in Financial Services award.
Those interested in embarking on the Pathway to MSc in Financial Services apply in the first instance for one of the constituent Professional Diploma programmes within the Pathways framework. The entry requirements to these constituent programmes in most cases are:
An Honours degree (min 2.2 L8 NFQ)
Admission may also be considered for experienced professionals who do not meet the admission requirements as set out above, where they can demonstrate knowledge through their work i.e. they have more than 5 years’ experience in a management role (to be considered on a case by case basis).
Equivalent relevant professional qualification e.g. Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA), with three years’ relevant work experience obtained in the banking or financial services industry, Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs), accountants, solicitors and barristers
You must be a current member of IOB, or become a member, to undertake this programme.
IOB plays a key role in shaping the careers of so many in financial services today through its wide selection of relevant qualifications. I highly recommend IOB to anyone starting in the industry or for those wishing to progress their career
IOB courses provide meaningful credentials that demonstrate ongoing dedication to professional development. The courses, learning site, materials, lecturers and fellow participants allow you to build your support structure and extend your network.
I have been a member of the IOB for many years…I recommend that every person working in the financial services industry in Ireland should join IOB as it will help you to grow and develop your career in banking.
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