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Corporate Finance (MSc)
The MSc in Corporate Finance is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in the financial sector.
This programme is designed to equip you with analytical and decision-making skills relevant to the finance industry. It combines specialist knowledge, practical insight and an advanced understanding of corporate finance theory and practice. Potential careers include roles in investment banking, commercial banking, fund management, insurance, corporate finance services, and in finance divisions of firms in other industries and sectors.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
A H2.1 undergraduate honours degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in:
(a) Business/Commerce to include a number of quantitative subjects such as Economics or Finance; or
(b) A quantitative-based degree such as Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Economics.
Applicants should have demonstrated strong academic ability (a H1 or H2.1, or equivalent) in a number of quantitative modules in their degree, such as mathematics, statistics, or econometrics. IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent, if applicable.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
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QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Offers are made on a rolling basis. Please refer to the review/closing date website.
Mode of study
Indicative list of Modules
- Accounting and Financial Analysis
- Intermediate Corporate Finance
- Accounting for Management
- Intermediate International Financial Reporting and Analysis
- Business & Society (Ethics)
- Applied Portfolio Management
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Accounting for Management Control
- Advanced International Financial Reporting
- Global Economics for International Managers
- Derivatives & Risk Management
Summer Schools X2
- Managing Organisational Performance
- Analytical and Communications Skills Development
- 12 Week Work Placement*
*We will secure internship opportunities, but it is at the discretion of employers as to whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. In case a student cannot secure an internship, two summer schools must be completed.
Why Choose This Course?
Careers include roles in investment banking, commercial banking, fund management, insurance, corporate finance services, and in finance divisions of firms in other industries and sectors.
Chartered Accountants Ireland - Professional Examination Exemptions
CAI have granted CAP 1 exemptions in three CAP 1 papers*:
- Paper 1—Finance
- Paper 2—Management Accounting
- Paper 3—Financial Accounting
*Subject to achieving a minimum overall degree award of a 2.2 (second class honours grade two) and minimum examination performance in specified subjects.
CFA Institute Affiliation
The MSc (Corporate Finance ) is participating in the University Affiliation Program (UAP) run by the CFA Institute. This affiliation demonstrates that our curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams
MSC in Corporate Finance has been awarded exemptions from six ACCA subjects:
Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Performance Management, Financial Reporting and Financial Management.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Apply effective decision making to global business problems.
Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual and team-based settings.
Evaluate and apply tools in the core business disciplines of Finance, Accounting and Economics to solve technical problems and contribute to solving strategic problems.
Analyse and evaluate corporate finance and investment problems using appropriate techniques, practices, and theories.
Critically analyse and interpret how global financial markets and investment firms operate.
Develop analytical, ethical, and communication skills to contribute to both personal and organisational development.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Note to no-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here.
What our Students Say
Amal Nada | MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21
I was very lucky to be accepted MSc Corporate Finance, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway. MSc corporate finance is very exciting me because it provides practical insight to what is happening in the real world! Personally, I need such practical study because all my previous experience is academic. But after participating in this course, I feel that I can touch the application of theory in the industry world. Moreover, it is very nice when you find a continuous support from your instructors who are interested to arrange guest speakers' sessions to encourage us to participate and to keep us deeply understanding what is happening in the real world. Also, I am very happy with our weekly over coffee meeting with our program coordinator, in which we can discuss any concerns and listen to guest speakers from different disciplines, as well. A remarkable advantage that deserves to be mentioned is, at the end of this programme, there will be a work placement opportunity which will qualify you to be a part of the industry afterwards. Trust me, this programme is inclusive, you can learn so many things by doing.
Jason Rochford | MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21
"I cannot recommend the MSc in Corporate Finance or the NUIG faculty enough to prospective students, in what was an extremely challenging year to deliver educational content the staff consistently over-delivered. Despite the online learning environment, the course proved extremely interactive and engaging throughout the term, at a pace suitable for all backgrounds, combining both theoretical and practical perspectives. A big emphasis was placed on regular check-ins, one to one meetings and virtual coffees which showcased NUIG’s commitment to delivering high quality education no matter what the environment – physical or virtual which I found particularly valuable. Working in finance for 3 years prior, I felt the course provided a strong bedrock across key finance, asset management and accounting principles on which to further build on my career. The class comprised of a diverse set of backgrounds which truly enforced the global nature of the programme adding to the learning environment via team projects and discussion. The alignment of studies to professional exam bodies providing exemptions is also a super benefit."
Emma Gillespie | MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21
As a student in the MSc Corporate Finance course I am gaining both the skills and confidence necessary for a rewarding future career. The smaller class size has allowed us to develop and engage in all the elements, albeit in a virtual sense, due to Covid restrictions. The lecturers are patient, approachable and highly-skilled and additionally their agility in being able to deliver the course in the virtual environment has to be commended. The modules are both challenging and rewarding, with the ability to somewhat customize your modules to direct your learning to areas that you are interested in. The course itself is a mix of quantitative and qualitative modules. The analytics elements are delivered by world-leading providers like SAP and offer separate certification that is highly desirable to employers. The work placement element of the course offers real-world experience and an opportunity to transform learning into actions. It enables the creation and cultivation of a network of industry peers that will serve well in the future. It has been a wholly positive experience and I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in a career in the finance field.
Conor Flynn | MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21
I chose the MSc Corporate Finance Program as it offers students the opportunity to develop their technical and analytical skills that are now so often sought by employers. In my experience lecturers were engaging, patient and understanding of student’s individual circumstances. As students come from a variety of backgrounds requiring no previous knowledge of module content, lecturers provide clear concise learning material in addition to extra resources across a variety of platforms including videos, websites, readings and podcasts. In my opinion, student diversity within the program is advantageous particularly in group discussion and/or projects as students draw upon different real-world experiences. The analytical elements of the degree are provided in conjunction with international institutions such as SAP allowing students to increase their employability prospects in the current competitive labour market. Finally, alignment with professional accountancy bodies mean the degree is well suited to students seeking to pursue a career in accountancy or professional services.
Ellen Coleman | MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21
As a student of the MSc in Corporate Finance at NUIG, I would highly recommend this masters to anyone looking to pursue career opportunities in this area. The masters programme focuses on developing both analytical and decision making skills through modules such as accounting, finance and portfolio management. The scholarship opportunities available at NUIG for postgraduate taught courses are second to none and provide many students with financial support that can aid in many ways. As a recipient of the Business Postgraduate Merit Scholarship, I believe that this drove me to achieve top results in Semester 1 and gave me the confidence to take part in finance related competitions and events throughout the year. My experience so far on the MSc in Corporate Finance programme has been very positive and I would strongly recommend that anyone interested explores this fantastic opportunity.
Feedback from Industry
Austin Sammon | Partner, Audit & Business Advisory, Mazars
We live in a world where non-traditional sources of finance are becoming mainstream in developed economies – the ability to speak their language and interpret financial information is paramount to accessing this finance. Knowledge of a company’s industry to decide on the ideal debt / equity mix and building of a network gained from colleagues taking part in the MSc in Corporate Finance are valuable tools which will elevate you from a traditional accountant and ensure your progression to executive level with key strategic decision making powers
Bruce Waldron | Corporate Finance Executive, JPA Brenson Lawlor
I was delighted to hear of the introduction of the MSc in Corporate Finance at NUIG. Corporate Finance is an extremely rewarding career path where you will learn fast, develop a strong network and help clients fulfil their financial and strategic goals. Corporate Finance professionals are often at the centre of a deal, liaising with all parties invoved from bankers to lawyers and thereofre it is critical to have a strong mix of technical and non-technical skills. No two days are the same and you will often be preparing Information Memorandums, Valuations, Business Plans, Financial Modelling, and Pre/Post Contract Due Diligence reports. Due to the growing economic acitivty here in Ireland, oppourtunities in the Finance indusry are on the rise and the MSc in Coporate Finance at NUIG will equip graduates with an excellent skill-set to seize these oppourtunies.
Kathy Joyce | Senior Associate, Talent Team, EY
We at EY are delighted to hear about NUI Galway’s unique new MSc in Corporate Finance launching this year. We have worked closely with NUIG and their masters' students over the last number of years and it is very evident that the skills these students learn and built upon through studying at NUI Galway are highly transferable in today's working world. This new MSc in Corporate Finance is coming at a great time where we here at EY need trusted business advisers in our Corporate Finance sector due to the incredible growth in the area and numerous opportunities arising from this.
Aengus Burns | Partner, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
At Grant Thornton we offer hands-on commercial and strategic advice for businesses, working with management teams to deliver sustainable improvements and accelerated growth in shareholder value. The NUI Galway MSc in Corporate Finance comes at a time when Corporate Finance professionals are in increased demand for M&A, Fundraising, Transaction Advisory and Valuation support. We welcome the MSc in Corporate Finance and recommend it to those interested in pursuing opportunities in this area."
Ronan Murray | Partner, Corporate Finance, Deloitte
At Deloitte, success is about protecting, enhancing and realising value for our clients. That is how our Corporate Finance team makes a lasting impact that matters. Our market-leading team offers a full range of services from M&A advisory to due diligence, valuation, debt advisory and restructuring services. Our team has been growing strongly over the last number of years, and we have been at the forefront of a number of significant transactions with major Irish clients. We seek Corporate Finance trainees eager to develop their analytical and decision making skills to deliver innovative, effective solutions tailored towards our clients’ specific requirements. The new MSc in Corporate Finance offered by NUI Galway will offer graduates an opportunity to equip themselves with the essential tools and techniques necessary to develop a career in Corporate Finance.
Chris Ball | Corporate Finance Partner, RBK Chartered Accountants
Developing a career in Corporate Finance involves so much more than the technical application of accounting standards and reporting. Being able to make a positive difference to clients in their decision making means being able to absorb and analyse data across the business, the industry sector and the wider economy, whilst also being aware of the global macro-economic factors that affect a client’s business. Applying this analysis to practical business and investment decisions, which are becoming more and more complex, is a critical skill for our team. The programme and course content of the MSc in Corporate Finance offered by NUIG contains the tools and learning points that will give graduates a head start in pursuing a career in this field.
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ACCA Exemption Accreditation
CFA Institute Affiliation