Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.
This programme will be offered on a full-time basis (mid-September to end May). It is designed for honours (2H2 or higher) graduates of disciplines other than Finance. It is a conversion programme and no previous knowledge of finance is required or assumed.
It is aimed at those who may wish to pursue careers in the Financial Services Sector in Ireland and internationally. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in its 2007 report has identified this sector as having a shortage of skilled staff and as a result this programme was developed to enable graduates to develop the skills to work in this exciting market. The programme also acts as a qualifier for postgraduate programmes at Masters level in Finance and allied disciplines.
Entry Requirements:An honours bachelor degree (2H2 or higher) from a recognised degree awarding institution either in Ireland or elsewhere. An aptitude for Maths will be expected.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
Graduates will have enhanced career prospects for a wide variety of careers in the Financial Services Sector. Graduates will have the skill set to enter the industry in different roles either working with financial institutions or in a finance role within an organisation. A new opportunity exists, which was designed specifically for all graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance (full and part-time) to advance to a one year part time Masters Programme for further study at Masters level.
Semester 1 Modules
- Corporate Finance 1
- Information Technology for Finance*
- Mathematics for Finance and Economics
- Financial Econometrics 1
- Derivatives 1
- Macroeconomics and International Finance
*IT for Finance must be taken if exemption given for Economics
Semester 2 Modules
- Corporate Finance 2
- Financial Econometrics 2
- Derivatives 2
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Financial Services Governance and Regulations
- Macroeconomics and International Finance
School of Accounting and Finance Faculty of Business DIT, Aungier Street Dublin 2
Who Should Apply?
The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance is an intensive one year full-time programme for non-finance graduates wishing to pursue a career in the financial services industry or a career in the finance function. Career opportunities include Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Investment and Risk Management. The programme offers graduates an excellent grounding for further postgraduate studies in Finance. Graduates of the programme are now working in Ireland, the UK, Europe and in North America.
It is suited to graduates with an interest in developing analytical and practical skills in preparation for a career in Finance and Banking. Graduates from all backgrounds are considered and no previous knowledge of finance is assumed. A competence in quantitative skills, though not essential, would be an advantage.
Timetable / Hours
The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance will run in full - time and part – time mode from September 2017.
Full time students will attend lectures Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 – 5pm and classes on two evenings per week. They also will attend the part time evening lectures.
Part time students will attend lectures on two evenings in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2 (to be advised). Evening Modules in the part time mode will be Economics, Maths for Finance and Economics, Corporate Finance 1 and 2, Financial Regulation and Governance and Financial Statement Analysis.
Graduates will be eligible for the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance.
School of Accounting and Finance
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street Dublin 2
T: 01 402 3027
Frequently Asked Questions
EU Fees *
*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change
For full-time postgraduate fees click here
For part-time postgraduate fees click here
For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding
Non EU Fees click here
What our Students say...
"I was a student of the 2013-2014 Post Graduate Diploma in Finance. I finished my undergraduate in 2010 in International Business with Spanish. I then worked in Business development with a Multinational for three years. Although I enjoyed the job I believed I needed to become more specialized to advance in my career. I knew that with a Finance background I could add several new strings to my bow. Therefore, having very little Finance / Accounting knowledge I decided to take a year out to do the PG Dip in Finance. This was a great stepping stone to enable me to gain technical financial knowledge that can be applied to day to day business. The PG Dip gives you a solid grounding on various topics of Finance. Finance is a pillar of any business and having a Finance background will stand to you. I now have a Commercial Finance role with a multinational company in Brazil. I balance the Finance and Commercial side of the job with ease."
Fergal Delaney, 2013/14
I received both my Postgraduate Diploma in 2014 and Master in Finance in 2015 in DIT. My personal study path is somewhat different to others: I used to work as a programming engineer before I came to DIT and it allows me to transit from pure programming to financial engineer. It was quite encouraging for me to do Postgraduate Diploma because it focused on the practical field and especially for the students who did not have solid finance background like me I found I could easily pick up the technical aspect of finance. The modules of the school are designed in both scope and depth and this expanded my view of finance extensively. At first I found some key modules quite challenging. Thanks to the lecturers and my classmates I enjoyed the projects which were designed around teamwork. The hardware and software facilities in DIT are quite excellent. The "Thomson Reuters" software in the labs are available to the students. This facilitates opportunities to test theory in the real financial world. I am currently employed in derivatives software development. The job involves working out lots of practical problems in finance. Both programmes were excellent preparation for my career and I could easily handle the strategic as well as technical problems which arise. My education has helped me to improve my way of thinking and efficiency in my analysis. I highly recommend both of these postgraduate programmes. The Postgraduate Diploma is excellent for graduates of disciplines other than finance. The M Sc Finance is appropriate for those who wish to deepen knowledge and techniques in finance and who wish to have a strategic view of the discipline.
DT374 Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and DT390 M Sc Finance