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Finance (Corporate Finance) (MSc)


Programme Description

The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry.  As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship.

The course has been designed in conjunction with an industry course board to ensure it meets the corporate finance skills needs of employers.  Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with business advisory, consultancy, corporate investment banking and venture capital firms. 

The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017.  In deciding the winner judges stated that the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) "100% employment rate - very strong.  The corporate internship is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience."

The Professional Development module provides students with additional training in industry-relevant skills.  This ranges from presentation skills to Excel training.  There is a strong focus on teamwork and several modules have elements with team projects/assessments.  This is important preparation for the workplace.  In the third semester, students have the choice to complete either a corporate finance project or a corporate internship.  In the project students work under the supervision of an academic mentor while the corporate internship option allows students to explore their career options to make informed career choices.

This programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme and carries ACCA exemptions.                    

  • The CAIA academic partnership is granted to institutions who cover at least 60% of the entire CAIA curriculum as represented by the Core Knowledge Outline (CKO).   
  • ACCA has been assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation.  Upon graduation from the programme students have exemptions from the following ACCA examinations: Accountant in Business (AB), Management Accounting (MA), Financial Accounting (FA) and depending on module selection Financial Management (FM).

The programme is taken in two parts set out below. Part I consists of a combination of examinations and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Project or a Corporate Internship to the value of 30 credits.

Students take 90 credits as follows:


  • AC6101 Project Finance 
  • AC6102 Investments 
  • AC6103 Capital Markets 
  • AC6105 Risk Management 
  • AC6106 Corporate Restructuring 
  • AC6108 Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • AC6113 Financial Analysis and Forecasting 
  • AC6421 Performance Management, Risk and Control 
  • FI6001 Treasury Risk Management 
  • FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets 
  • FI6005 Equity Valuation 
  • FI6006 Professional Development 


  • AC6111 Research Project or
  • AC6123 Corporate Internship 

Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship 

The final element in the course takes place in the summer term. Students have the choice of completing with an integrated research project or an internship. 

  • In the research project, you will get the opportunity to work in a team made up of your classmates, under the supervision of an academic mentor on a corporate finance issue.  The output from this project will include a detailed report and a presentation. This form of project will give you an opportunity to develop both analytical and professional skills.

  • If you chose the internship option, you will learn to apply your knowledge of finance in a work context, allowing you to learn through practice and to develop your critical writing and thinking skills through using the corporate internship as a site of inquiry, research and reflection.  Students will undertake an internship with a relevant company in an area appropriate to the programme.

Full details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Why Choose This Course

The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. There are many reasons to choose this unique course, including the following:

  • It is a one-year course
  • The quality of the programme is demonstrated by the course winning the best Postgraduate Course of the Year - Business, Finance & Management by GradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017
  • The course has been running since 2009 and has a strong alumnus in Ireland and globally who understand the quality of course Graduates
  • You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course
  • The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry
  • It includes an Induction Week focused on developing business skills
  • You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus
  • A business research skills module is included
  • You will produce Corporate Finance Research Project or gain experience on a Corporate Internship
  • Throughout the course we will focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development

Skills and Careers Information

The course prepares you for careers in investment banking, large corporates and business advisory firms. Graduates of the course will also enter careers in regulation, venture capital and consultancy.

All the top international and national companies recruit students from UCC. The course management team spend a lot of time developing links with the top international companies with a particular focus both on Dublin and London. To date, the following companies have recruited students from the course:

  • Accenture
  • AIG
  • Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
  • Alter Domus
  • AMX
  • Apex Partners
  • Apple
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Benchmark International
  • Beechbrook Capital
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • FDC Group
  • First Derivatives
  • FMC
  • Glanbia
  • Goodbody
  • Holmes Investment
  • Kerry Group
  • KPMG
  • Musgraves
  • PwC
  • RSM
  • Standard and Poor's (London) 
  • Stamford Associates
  • The Central Bank.

Recognising that not all our graduates are interested in pursuing careers abroad or in Dublin we also actively foster relationships with the local business community in Munster.

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Learning Outcomes

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Demonstrate readiness for a career in the corporate finance industry;
  • Develop Industry relevant Research skills.


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Practicalities & Assessment

For the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) degree, you will complete an induction week [which commences on the 2nd September 2019], 10 course modules - 5 core courses and 5 specialised modules, and either a project or an internship. You will complete the course full-time over 12 months.


To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is assessed by a blend of formal examination and continuous assessment.  A number of modules contain up to 30% continuous assessment. The final element of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is either a research project or a corporate internship. This represents one third of the marks for the masters programme.

Who teaches this course

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading investment banks such as UBS, HSBC Investment Bank, Lehman Brothers, stockbrokers like Davy, and business advisory firms such as Ernst and Young. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC and publish regularly in international finance journals such as Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Trading and the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.

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Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Part 1

  • Project Finance

    Part 1

    Project Finance (AC6101)

    This module provides students with an understanding of the theory and practise of corporate investment decision making.

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  • Investments

    Part 1

    Investments (AC6102)

    This module uses real life cases to review the theory and practice of investing in security markets.

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  • Capital Markets

    Part 1

    Capital Markets (AC6103)

    The module uses real life cases to demonstrate and apply best practice in the raising of finance from international capital markets.

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  • Risk Management

    Part 1

    Risk Management (AC6105)

    This module is designed to provide students with the tools to provide solutions to risk management issues in the firm

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  • Corporate Restructuring

    Part 1

    Corporate Restructuring (AC6106)

    This module provides the tools for the strategic and financial evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring and identifies the effect of these transactions on corporations and their stakeholders

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  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

    Part 1

    Venture Capital and Private Equity (AC6108)

    This module provide students with a deep understanding of the concepts of private equity finance and the fund raising and investment process of private equity firms, as well as to the characteristics of private equity, its returns, risks, and cash flow im

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  • Financial Analysis and Forecasting

    Part 1

    Financial Analysis and Forecasting (AC6113)

    The aim of this module is to provide students with tools to enable them to analyse financial statements and to draw inferences about past and future performance.

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  • Treasury Risk Management

    Part 1

    Treasury Risk Management (FI6001)

    This module studies treasury risk management strategies and focuses on the international aspects of financial management so students are able to appreciate the added international investment and money management issues that international operations face.

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  • Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets

    Part 1

    Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets (FI6002)

    This module introduces the key techniques and principles of best practice in effective regulation and compliance management.

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  • Equity Valuation

    Part 1

    Equity Valuation (FI6005)

    The objective of this module is to ensure students acquire practical knowledge, skills and abilities in the valuation of equities within international financial markets.

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  • Professional Development

    Part 1

    Professional Development (FI6006)

    To ensure students have the necessary professional skills to enter the workplace and meet the professional expectations of employers.

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Part 2

  • Research Project

    Part 2

    Research Project (AC6128)

    This module allows students to develop the applied technical and analysis skills required for research in corporate finance and to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the programme to a research report.

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  • Corporate Internship

    Part 2

    Corporate Internship (AC6129)

    This module allows students to develop the applied technical and analysis skills required for research in corporate finance and to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the programme by using the corporate internship as a site of inquiry.

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  • Performance Management, Risk and Control

    Part 2

    Performance Management, Risk and Control (AC6421)

    To further develop participants' understanding of the theory and practice of Management Accounting risks and controls in organisational settings.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have

  • a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme or
  • Expectation of graduating with a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
  • A Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.

Applicants who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), in either a business degree or a degree in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element, will be assessed on a case by case basis under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


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Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following question:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • What is your current occupation/speciality?

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June

Non-EU Applications

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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