Level 9 About NFQ
School of Business
Alison McKeonEmail Phone
The Irish Times Building,
24-28 Tara Street,
Course Administration & Student Support
The Fintech Management programme, delivered in partnership with Ulster University, has been designed to meet the skills demand that is present in the financial services sector. This programme is aimed at participants looking to move into a career in the Financial Services industry, or to progress in their current role by acquiring third level knowledge of Global Capital Markets with particular emphasis on Fintech.
The modern theory of finance is the solid basis of a career in the financial services industry, and this programme explores the context of financial markets and the importance and application of corporate governance, before focussing on specialist Fintech modules (Business Analysis Foundations for Practice and Financial Econometric Modelling). It supports the Government's Ireland for Finance Strategy which identified Fintech and Digital Finance as one of its 5 key themes.
1. Financial Theory, Products and Markets
This module covers key financial principles and products; assets and markets, equities, derivatives, investment funds and taxation. It explores the broader economic environment, ensuring an understanding of ethical behaviour and integrity.
2. Corporate Governance and Ethics
Through the analysis of lessons learned, this module investigates key components for securing the highest standards of effective application of standards of best practice, conduct and ethics.
3. Business Analysis Foundations for Practice
This module addresses the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Business Analysis. The module will help students to develop skills and knowledge to support successful business change programmes within an organisation.
4. Financial Econometric Modelling
An introduction to econometric theory and techniques, linear regression analysis, hypothesis testing and application with financial time series. With extensive use of statistical software students use real data to analyse financial models.
Applicants must have gained:
(i) A relevant Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) An equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and
(b) Evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.
The international financial services sector is a key industry nationally with significant presence in Dublin's IFSC and nationwide including Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. Growth is seen where companies including First Derivatives, Revolut and Stripe are focusing their recruitment on skilled graduates in Fintech and Brexit has also created opportunity for skilled workers in this area. Furthermore, the closure of retail banks/branches announced in 2021 and the ongoing move to online banking is impacting skills needs in this area where upskilling is a focal point. Supporting this are the findings of the Solas "Difficult to Fill Vacancies" survey (October 2021), where sourcing skilled workers in Fintech remains a continuing challenge.
The programme will facilitate relevant skills in the labour market through practical learning strategies employed online and in the classroom. It has a foundation in Work-Based Learning that transfers learning between contexts and engagement with real-world activities. Assessment is by a combination of assignment and exams, including a work-based project. The delivery of this programme will take place two evenings per week, to facilitate the cohort who are currently in employment and will be a blended approach between classroom based learning and live, virtual sessions. Two modules are delivered in the first semester and the final two modules in the second semester and students will supplement these contact hours with their own self-directed learning. The combined total hours of study per module is 150 hours.
Irish Times Training and Ulster University have consulted with a number of organisations in the financial services sector via semi-structured interviews including Government bodies, professional organisations and financial services companies as well as through small focus groups with different groups of students during the initial development phase and in the ongoing review of this programme to test the suitability of the programme in line with skill needs. These organisations include Citi Group, PwC Operate, Pearson, MTS Wealth, Funds Axis, Danske Bank, Catalyst, Harmonic Fund Services, An Post, KAL ATM Software, First Derivatives, FinTrU.
6 Hours per week; 2 Evenings per week
The Irish Times Building,
24-28 Tara Street,
Based on applications received through the HEA Springboard database Irish Times Training:
- Conduct a phone interview to assess suitability
- Gather evidence to confirm eligibility and aptitude, including previous academic records
- Review of documentation provided by the applicant