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Financial Analysis (HDip)
Graduates equipped with skills drawn from the dual disciplines of accounting and economics will play increasingly key and impactful roles in financial, banking and business sectors in the future. The goal of Higher Diploma in Financial Analysis is to introduce students to and equip students with the applied analytical skills they need to secure future employment in the financial, banking and business sectors. This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and analytical methods of accounting and economics in addition to modules from other business related disciplines. Upon graduating, course participants will be equipped with a foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them for further studies and future careers in this field. The long-term employment prospects for graduates from this course are extremely good. In terms of further study opportunities, graduates will be equipped to progress to MSc level programmes, such as the MSc Corporate Finance and the MSc International Finance at University of Galway. In terms of career opportunities, graduates may take up a range of positions in the financial, banking and business sectors.
Students of this programme secure substantial exemptions from the examinations of the ACCA.
Applications and Selections
Application via Springboard Courses website.
Who Teaches this Course
Dept. of Economics
First Floor, St. Anthony's
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
University of Galway
J.E.Cairnes School of Business & Economics
Requirements and Assessment
Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.
A range of assessment methods are applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies.
The programme is open to degree holders from a university or other recognised degree-awarding body. Applicants should hold an NQAI Level 8 qualification or equivalent; IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
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Mode of study
Semester 1 (30 credits) *All core, compulsory modules
EC5133: Principles of Economics for Business
AY5123: Accounting and Financial Analysis
AY872: Financial Management I
MK204: Marketing Principles
MS873: Management Information Systems I
Semester 2 (30 credits) *Core, compulsory modules
EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment
EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics
AY874: Accounting For Management Decisions
AY875: Financial Management II
SBE3001: Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise
*Optional modules. Choose one module:
EC362: Economics of Financial Markets
EC3100: Economics and Philosophy
AY209: International Financial Reporting I
MS319: Enterprise Systems
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
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- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required MS873: Management Information Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG524: Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC5133: Principles of Economics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY5123: Accounting and Financial Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL030: Recognised Prior Learning - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL025: Recognised Prior Learning - 25 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL020: Recognised Prior Learning - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL015: Recognised Prior Learning - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL010: Recognised Prior Learning - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL005: Recognised Prior Learning - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MG3109: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY875: Financial Management II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY874: Accounting For Management Decisions - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
In terms of career opportunities, graduates may take up a range of positions in the financial, banking and business sectors. Graduates equipped with skills drawn from the dual disciplines of accounting and economics will play increasingly key and impactful roles in financial, banking and business sectors in the future.
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The formerly self-employed not in receipt of a DEASP payment must also pay 10%. This is payable directly to the provider.
There are no tuition fees for DEASP customers or Returners but any subsequent costs such as travel, and course materials must be borne by the participant.
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