MSc (Finance & Information Systems)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

This joint programme between the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway and the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick has been developed to meet ongoing up-skilling and re-training needs of specific sectors of the regional economy (business, financial services, ICT etc.) while also building upon both Universities’ complementary teaching strengths and areas of expertise. 

This MSc programme is designed to develop, build and enhance finance and ICT capabilities and skills for people working in private and public sector contexts. 

While covering key future skills needs, the programme provides students with an opportunity to update, build and improve key strengths and capabilities, redirect their careers and/or consider how they can create their own employment or develop new routes to employment.

This joint MSc takes advantage of the strategic alliance between NUI Galway and UL. Students will benefit from the combined areas of expertise from both these institutions in an area identied by the Government as providing key future skills for Ireland. 

Key facts

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at highly numerate business graduates from Ireland and abroad with a specialisation in Economics and/or Finance, and with a relevant degree qualification from a university or other internationally recognised academic institution or authority, corresponding to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours (or equivalent).

Duration: 1 year

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

Closing date: 24 June 2016

Course outline

Autumn Semester (University of Limerick):

Modules taken include:

  •  Financial Information Analysis
  •  International Corporate Finance
  •  Research Methods in Finance
  •  Implementing Market Models

Plus one elective module from the following:

  • Derivative Instruments
  • Wealth and Portfolio Management 
  • Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory

Spring Semester (NUI Galway):

Modules taken include:

  •  Information Systems Management
  •  Enterprise Systems
  •  Decision Systems and Business Analytics
  •  Seminar in Finance and Information Systems

Optional modules:

  • Information Systems Security and Ethics
  • e-Commerce Strategy
  • Innovation Systems Security
  • Financial Econometrics

Applications and selections

Applications are via UL@

Requirements and assessment

This taught programme assesses students using traditional exam-ination methods along with continuous assessment assignments. A substantial project or a research dissertation is also a required component of this programme.

Find out more

Dr Niamh O Riordan

T: +353 (0) 91 49-2847

PAC code

Applications are via UL @

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,531 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

50% of total EU (or NON EU) fee is payable to NUIG and 50% of total EU (or NON EU) fee is payable to UL.

Payment to NUI Galway:  EU:  €3,377.50; NON EU:  €6,625.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.