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. 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.
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:
A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Interview.
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2017. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2017.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.
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 2017 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
01 February 2017
Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
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|How to apply|
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Finance and Economics are the major elements of the degree.
1st year – semester 1
15 credits each of Economics and Accounting
7.5 credits of Mathematics
1st year - semester 2
Option to take a further 7.5 credits in Mathematics, or to take 7.5 credits in Accounting.
The remaining 15 credits are completed with another subject chosen from groups 1, 2 and 5.
Students can switch to MH403 Accounting and Finance degree at the end of 1st year provided 22.5 credits of Accounting are taken in 1st year and they attain 60% in Accounting.
Choose between 2 options:
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Maynooth University Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting
Rhetoric House, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
T: + 353 1 708 3728
T: + 353 1 708 3681
|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. Some graduates combine their undergraduate degree in Finance with graduate studies or professional qualifications in a disparate range of fields, including accounting, IT, law and taxation.
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.
MA in Finance / MSc in Economic and Financial Risk Analysis / PhD in Finance
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site