Postgraduate Certificate in Global Capital Markets (Spring 2020)

Irish Times Training (SPRINGCAPMKTSG04)
Key Programme Details
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Postgraduate Certificate in Global Capital Markets

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

General Information
Contact

Sinéad Docherty

Email

sdocherty@irishtimes.com

Phone

(01) 472 7101

Address

The Irish Times Building,
24-28 Tara Street,
Dublin 2

Role

Springboard Admissions

Important Dates
Application Deadline

20/01/2020

Start Date

10/02/2020

End Date

31/12/2020

About this Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Global Capital Markets, delivered in conjunction with Ulster University, is designed for graduates from any and all disciplines who want to pursue a career in the financial services industry.

The programme will also be suitable for individuals already working in the area; those who want to specialise in a key subject area (Risk Management) and those who are new to the financial services sector and want to get a better grounding in the principles of finance.

It is available to both those already in employment and those who are out of work, whether in receipt of unemployment benefit or having been out of the workforce for some time, once they meet the entry level requirements detailed below. As part of the programme an optional "job-readiness" module will be available, aimed particularly at participants who are not in employment.

The programme concentrates on the development & application of key skills and knowledge pertinent to a key subject area in the financial services sector through a Financial Risk Management specialism pathway.

The first two modules in Semester 1 will introduce you to the theory and tools required to understand market and institutional structure and assist you in developing a range of interpersonal and other transferable skills necessary to work within the this sector.

You will then be required to complete two further modules relevant to the Risk Management specialism in Semester 2.

With an emphasis on application in a real-term context, the overall aim is to educate you in the principles of finance, both theoretical and applied. Within the context of financial management, the programme will enable you to engage in a challenging and stimulating educational experience through which you can acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the development and application of key finance principles, concepts, theories and techniques.

This programme reflects the ethos and objectives of IFS 2020 “A Strategy for Ireland’s International Financial Services Sector 2017/ 2020” by contributing to the skills pipeline of graduates who wish to pursue and advance a career in the financial services sector and related IFS sub-sector areas.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained: (i) a degree from a university in 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) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English.

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 through recognition of prior learning. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

In addition to the above all applicants must be available to attend classroom lectures for 2 evenings per week for the duration of the programme.

Cost:

The programme is free to those who not in employment or who are “Returners”. A cost of €450 which represents 10% of the total cost of the programme is payable for those in employment.

Long Description

Students are required to complete 4 modules with a total of 30 Credit Points.

MODULE 1: PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC SKILLS
This module is designed to help you identify the transferable skills gained through personal, social and voluntary activities and demonstrate how these are applicable to employment. The module encourages you to produce an employability skills profile and enables you to better articulate your skills in an interview scenario. In addition, the module will address areas such as business and global acumen; professional relationships; technical capabilities specifically related to Financial Services; excel modelling; and social media.

MODULE 2: FINANCIAL THEORY, PRODUCT & MARKETS
This module aims to provide you with the tools required to understand market and institutional structure and its operation and behaviour in preparation for a career in the financial services industry. A major focus of the module is to glean an in-depth understanding of operations within a financial services organisation.

MODULE 3: MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF RISK MEASUREMENT
Through application in the area of risk management and finance, this module will provide you with an understanding of quantitative methods such as matrix algebra, statistics, probability theory and regression analysis.

MODULE 4: RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
This module considers the principles of the risk management framework and corporate governance and risk oversight. It covers specific techniques used in identifying, reducing and managing operational risk, credit risk, investment risk, market risk, liquidity risk and model risk. Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Value at Risk methodology will also be addressed.

Assessment will be in the form of open book assessments over the course of the 2 semesters.

JOB-READINESS MODULE (OPTIONAL FOR THOSE ALREADY IN EMPLOYMENT & NON-CREDIT BEARING)
This dedicated Job Readiness module will include a comprehensive a Personal and Professional Development service to assist you with your job search activities and preparation for employment. A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for all participants. Additional workshops will include CV preparation, interview skills and techniques, job searching tools and one-to-one careers guidance sessions.

*PLEASE NOTE MODULES MAY BE DELIVERED IN A DIFFERENT ORDER THAN LISTED ABOVE & SPLIT OVER MULTIPLE SESSIONS.

Why Choose This Course

‘Government initiative IFS2025 (International Financial Services 2025) aims to attract 5,000 finance jobs here by 2025’ [Irish Times]

‘Executive recruitment firm forecasts growth of 25% in the Financial Services sector due to Brexit disruption in the UK market’ [businessandfinance.com]

‘Dublin remains top location for financial services firms post-Brexit’ [Independent.ie]

Course contains optional ‘Job Readiness’ module providing comprehensive personal & professional development support covering CV's, Interviewing techniques, one-to-one guidance sessions and coaching clinics.

All course assessments carried out on course work and not examinations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be readied for a career in a number of sectors including Funds, Banking and Payments, Insurance and Reinsurance, Investments, Asset Management and Risk Management.

Timetable Info

This course will be delivered in two semesters. The classroom-based element will take place two evenings per week from 6-9pm.

Dates are yet to be confirmed for this programme. Expected start date will fall in February or March 2020.

The optional Job Readiness module will continue for further two weeks at the end of the second semester.

Delivery Location

Chartered Accountants Ireland, Pears Street, Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

All classroom training will be based in Dublin. There will be a significant online support element to include live online lectures, assessment support and support clinics.

RPL Information

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 through recognition of prior learning. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Register for an account on springboardcourses.ie or log in to your existing account using the “Login” section on the website.

Step 2: Log-in on Springboard website and click “Apply Now” on this course. You will be asked to complete a short application form.

Step 3: The Springboard team at Irish Times Training will respond to your application and request any relevant documentation.

At this stage you may be asked to present some or all of the following (required documentation differs depending on course):
- Social welfare receipt, letter from social welfare or letter from commissioner of oaths
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
- Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.

Step 4: Once your supporting documentation has been received your application will be sent to Ulster University for review.

Step 5: You will receive an email from the Springboard team at Irish Times Training letting you know if your application has been successful or unsuccessful.

Step 6: Log-in to Springboardcourses.ie to accept your offer.

Step 7: You will receive an email from the Springboard team at Irish Times Training with details on how to register as a student on the Ulster University system. This will allow you to access their range of online supports including the digital library and to submit your assignments once the course has commenced.