Higher Diploma in International Financial Services (IFS)

Waterford Institute of Technology (WD_)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


Part Time


ECTS Credits


General Information

Eugene Power




051 302667


WIT, Cork road waterford


Course Leader

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

Ireland is increasingly becoming a global hub for international Fintech (financial technology sector) companies with an established eco-system of companies seeking to grow and expand business activities from Ireland. Developed in conjunction with a number of Fintech companies from Ireland and the UK, in response to the recent IFS 2020 report the Higher Diploma in International Financial Services (IFS) seeks to enable graduates to develop quantitative, analytical, and ICT skills and experience, embedded in a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Financial Services. The Higher Diploma in International Financial Services (IFS) seeks to address the current and future demand from the Financial Services Industry, for finance graduates with a specific focus on use and application of information and communications technologies (ICT) to financial Services.

The taught programme will take place over two consecutive 15-week semesters. Lectures / practicals are expected to take place from 9.15 to 5.00 Thursday and Friday each week for 12 weeks. The delivery method will be innovative and challenging, consisting of lectures, ICT workshops and e-learning, group work, industry focused problem-based learning, presentations, a seminar series with industry experts, and educational visits to financial service organisations.

The students will receive intensive practical training in key skills such as financial informational analysis, international financial management, fund accounting skills, advanced financial IT skills, securities and lending, ICT, financial markets and analysis, investments and financial regulation and Fintech for finance, banking and payments. Participants on the programme will use a wide range of software including Advanced Excel and Access; MS Project; StockTrak; Thomson One Banker; Financial Times; SPSS; social media; and conferencing applications.

Additionally the course will facilitate students to apply for a 15-week Work Placement / Internship with a Fintech/Financial Services organisation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a level 7 qualification in business or Level 8 (grade 2.2 or above) qualification in another discipline, or equivalent.
Students without a Level 8 grade 2.2 qualification may qualify under RPL as per WIT academic guidelines on RPL.
International students must meet the WIT requirements for undergraduates in IELTS or equivalent.
Applications will be made directly to WIT and some RPL applicants may be requested to undertake an interview with the programme panel.
Places on the programme are allocated on merit, on a competitive basis.

Career Opportunities

Our engagement with industry representatives in designing the content, delivery, assessment and learning methodologies for the programme ensures graduates have the required knowledge and practical skill-set for rapid employment within the international financial services industry and specifically within Fintech companies.
The course will facilitate students to apply for a 15-week Work Placement / Internship with a Fintech/Financial Services organisation.
WIT's academic staff have also developed significant relationships through research and collaboration with industry over the years, which means WIT staff are the first point of contact when these companies are recruiting. On our financial information systems programme we have a dedicated Facebook page providing daily postings of internship/graduate positions and a series of careers workshops have been incorporated as part of programme delivery. Additionally, WIT also has a well established Careers Office and website providing support and advice. The statistics on the employment locations of those graduating from our other finance programmes are very positive with 95% of graduates in employment. They have been employed in roles such as Business Analyst; Data Analyst; Risk Analyst; Credit Control Analyst, FIS Analyst; Operations Analyst and Business Operations Executive.

Delivery Notes

On campus

Admissions Contact Details

Eugene Power


Waterford Institute Of Technology,
Cork Road,



RPL Information

Guidelines on the Institute's RPL policy and procedures are available at www.wit.ie/rpl/ and the full policy is available as Chapter 3 of the WIT Academic Regulations at www.wit.ie/policies/.A customised RPL application form and portfolio template will be available to candidates who wish to document their learning claims for RPL entry to programmes. The Springboard Coordinator and Course Leader are both available to support students in making RPL applications.