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(Finance (Corporate Finance)) (MSc)

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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 real-life corporate finance consultancy 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 1017.  In deciding the winner judges stated that the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) "100% employment rate - very strong.  The consultancy project is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience."

The Professional Development module provides the 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 an important preparation for the workplace.  In the third semester, students have the choice to complete either a consulting project or a corporate internship.  In the Consultancy project, students work on real life Corporate Finance issues in companies, under the supervision of both academic and industry expert mentors.  The corporate internship option allows students to explore career choice options and to better understand industries and companies to make informed career choices.

This programme has been accepted into the CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme.  In addition, upon graduation from the programme you have exemptions from certain ACCA examinations. 

The CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme  status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA® Program Candidate body of Knowledge (CBOK).                        

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 also assessed the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) for accreditation.  Upon graduation from the programme you have exemptions from certain ACCA examinations.  Graduates of the programme will be exempted from sitting papers F1-F3.

The course has an excellent employment track record. 

Induction Week

The course begins with an induction week [commencing 2nd September 2019] providing you with the necessary preparation for the Core Modules in term 1. Here, the focus is on:

  • team-building skills
  • IT skills
  • communication and presentation skills

Core Modules (30 credits)

The core modules take place mainly in Term 1 (October to December) and these courses provide you with the in-depth knowledge to analyse and apply solutions to topics such as Financial Analysis, Project Finance, Capital markets and Investments. These modules:

  • focus on analysis and application
  • are primarily case study driven
  • include regular student presentations

Specialised Modules (25 credits)

The specialised modules begin in Term 2 (January to March) and here you will learn and apply this knowledge to areas of real relevance to your future career such as corporate restructuring, risk management and private equity. The modules here:

  • focus on understanding and application
  • are case study and lecture driven
  • employ analysis using business IT systems.

Professional Development (5 credits)

In this innovative module in term 2, you will get the opportunity to develop the necessary professional skills to enter the workplace and meet the professional expectations of employers.  This module focuses on building communication, presentation and professional skills to ensure maximum impact in securing employment as the first step on a chosen career path.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Produce a professional CV
  • Demonstrate effective business communication and presentation skills
  • Develop research and communication skills for the interview process
  • Communicate and present in a professional manner with business people

Integrated Research Project/Corporate Internship (30 credits)

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 class mates, under the supervision of both academic and industry expert mentors on a real life corporate finance issue in a company. Each student team will initiate, research and provide a business solution to the business case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation to the client. 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.

Further 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 an integrated Corporate Finance real-life Research Project or gain equivalent experience on a Corporate Internship
  • Throughout the course we will also 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 team project or a corporate internship. You will complete the course full-time only 12 months.

Assessment

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.

Staff Link:  http://www.cubsucc.com/faculty-directory/discipline/finance/#searchDiscipline.finance

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

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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  • Business Research Skills

    Part 1

    Business Research Skills (AC6110)

    This module is designed to develop the research skills which will be applied in the Business Research Project

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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 (AC6111)

    This module allows students to apply the skills developed in the programme to provide a solution to a real life corporate finance case

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  • Corporate Internship

    Part 2

    Corporate Internship (AC6123)

    To apply student's knowledge of finance in a work context, allowing them to learn through practice and to develop the student's critical writing and thinking skills through using the work placement as a site of inquiry, research and reflection.

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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 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme or
  • Expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry or
  • A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a quantitative element.

Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree, 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme, please view the grades comparison site.  

View the grades comparison table

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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here SupplementaryFormCKL21

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds.  The closing dates for each round can be found here

It is important to apply early as we anticipate the course will be over-subscribed. 

If your application is successful at this stage you will receive an offer or (if you have not yet received your final exam results) a conditional offer.

If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. Students on this waiting list get priority over later applicants. 

If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list, and your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.

If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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