Trimester start date
08 June 2020
11 May 2020
Trimester start date
08 June 2020
11 May 2020
The Professional Diploma in International Investment Fund Services is for fund industry professionals with a number of years’ experience who are in team leadership or supervisory roles with responsibility for fund administration processes or functions (e.g. Transfer Agency/Valuations) domestically or have oversight of those functions carried out in outsourced providers globally.
A thorough understanding of extant fund types and legal structures and the regulatory obligations applicable to each form;
Knowledge of emerging regulatory and legislative developments and the ability to evaluate the implications for affected sectors of the industry and its clients
A technical understanding for the full range of services provided by the industry, the functions of the main service providers and supervisors and interrelationships between
The knowledge and skills to lead teams involved in the delivery of fund services
Deeper insight into how the services provided by the industry are managed and what strategies are used to achieve strategic outcomes, including government strategy for international fund services
An understanding of the internal and external risks in fund services and the tools and techniques used to identify, assess and mitigate such risks, including relevant risk management systems
Evaluative skills to assess the implications of emerging legal and regulatory developments from the perspective of competitive positioning and customer service and protection
Evaluative skills to assess the operational risk impact on the operation of the fund and wider society
The ability to justify the rationale for operational processes and practice in light of regulatory, commercial, legal and tax considerations
An understanding of the implications of emerging legal and regulatory developments
A combination of continuous assessment and end of trimester two hour written exam. The pass mark is 40% in all modules in line with UCD academic policy.
When you successfully complete this programme you will be awarded a Professional Diploma in International Investment Fund Services (level 8) from UCD.
This programme has IFS Skillnet funding available for certain companies.
€620 per module through IFS Skillnet*
€850 per module
*2019 modules are eligible for IFS Skillnet funding for a limited number of places on a first come, first served basis. You should check if your company has IFS Skillnet approval, and if so, please complete this form
Note: students without IFS Skillnet funding should apply using the Apply now button above.
Edel Hayden - Programme Manager
a) Individuals seeking admission to the Professional Diploma in International Investment Fund Services will have an honours degree (minimum H2.2, Level 8 NFQ) or
b) Two years’ experience in the funds industry and completed the Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services (15 ECTS, Level 7).
c) Admission will also be considered from experienced professionals who do not meet the minimum admission requirements as set out above, who can demonstrate learning based on work experience and training.
You must be a current member of the Institute, or become a member, to undertake this programme, unless registering with IFS Skillnet.
If you hold an Institute designation or a designation managed by the Institute CPD hours may be awarded on successful completion of this programme
(NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS)
To develop a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for international investment fund services and the ability to evaluate the implications of emerging legal and regulatory developments for the industry and its clients. The nature of regulation - approaches, strategies and outcomes. Cross sectoral regulation - rationale behind regulation. Regulatory authorisations of various funds structures. Regulatory interventions and key taxation decisions in fund operations.
(NFQ Level 8, 10 ECTS) This module builds on the first module to develop a deeper understanding of the investment management processes with particular emphasis on assets under management, financial markets, fund structures, derivatives, short-selling and leverage, taxation at both the individual and company level and the prevention of financial crime. Enterprise risk management. Market, credit and liquidity risk in investment funds. Operational and legal risks of the various fund vehicles. Regulatory compliance risk.
To develop a comprehensive understanding of the risks across the breadth of international investment fund services, the tools, techniques and strategies used to manage these risks and the regulatory requirements to report them. Investment management asset classes. Financial derivative markets. Role of technology and digital in the funds industry. Emerging tax and AML initiatives, financial crime prevention.