As a student of Finance at Maynooth University, you will learn how to use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of Finance, only an interest in how the financial sector and the economy works and a desire to know more.
Finance is taught as an application of Economics. We teach Corporate Finance, International Finance, Investments, Financial Crises, Derivative Securities and Financial Modelling. Finance modules start in second year. In first year, along with Economics students, you’ll study Principles of Economics.
No previous knowledge of Finance, Economics, Accounting or Business is required, though having studied one of the Business subjects may help a student decide their first year subjects. An interest in current affairs and a wish to understand the role of financial markets in the modern world is more important than any previous studies.
As the original Finance offering at Maynooth, this programme boasts twenty years of graduates. You’ll study Economics, Accounting and Mathematics in first year, and take an Arts subject. In second year you choose between Single Major Finance and a Major in Finance and Minor in either Mathematics or your Arts subject.
As well as the Finance modules, the parts of Economics important to Finance are compulsory, and there are optional modules in Economics and Financial Accounting. A particular advantage of this option is its flexibility.
If you’re undecided about your career plans and wish to keep the option of a career in Accountancy open you will be encouraged to choose the Financial Accounting modules; others will drop Accounting after first year. Some Accounting exemptions are available to those who choose to keep up Accounting. (See MH403 if a career in Accounting is your main objective).
If you have a particular aptitude in Mathematics, you will be encouraged to continue with Mathematics after first year with the view of developing a career in the quantitative side of Finance. Others will drop Mathematics as early as the end of the first semester of first year.
A student with an interest and aptitude in languages can take German or Spanish in first year, neither of which requires previous knowledge of the language. You can keep this as a Minor, if you wish. (If you wish to study Chinese or French, consider MH401 International Finance and Economics).
This course requires 2 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Apply to the CAO before 1st February 2016. Click here for updates on mature student application closing dates.
Admission is based on your application and/or interview.
Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2016 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
LC applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate including 2HC3 and 4OD3/4HD3. HD3/OC3 Leaving Certificate Mathematics required.
|How to apply|
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong.
Finance and Economics are the major elements of your degree. In first year students take 15 credits each of Finance / Economics and Accounting plus 7.5 credits
of Mathematics and have the option to take further 7.5 credits of Mathematics and/or Accounting. The remaining credits (either 7.5 credits or 15 credits) are completed with another subject chosen from groups 1, 2 and 5 from the list below.
First year students can take our new Critical Skills course as one of their 15 credit options. Click here for more about Critical Skills.
Available Arts subjects - max 1 per group:
Group 1: Geography, German, Law, Philosophy, Mathematics (Pure) (30 credits only in groups 1&3), Critical Skills
Group 2: Business (Management), Business (Marketing), Greek, History, Critical Skills
Group 5: Computer Science, Music, Sociology, Spanish, Critical Skills
Students can switch to MH403 at the end of first year provided 22.5 credits of Accounting are taken in first year. In second year students choose between taking a Single Major Finance degree (MH401 FDM) and a Major in Finance and Minor in another subject (MH401 FMN). Minor subjects include Business, Computer Science, English, Geography, German*, Greek, History, International Development, Law, Mathematical Studies, Philosophy, or Spanish* (*beginners language programme available).
Switch to the BA International and take one year abroad, extending the duration of your degree to four years.
Duration: 3 or 4 years
|Career and postgraduate options|
Finance graduates have strong numeracy skills, coupled with an ability to think critically and analytically – invaluable assets in a wide range of professions. Graduates can be found in the banking and financial services industry, economic consultancy, finance units of public and private sector organisations, financial research, journalism, and teaching.
Postgraduate degree holders are also to be found working in financial institutions, both public and private, in Dublin, London, New York, and around the globe.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site