Finance is the lifeblood that fuels the economy. The financial sector is made up of lenders and borrowers, big investors and small savers, risk lovers and risk haters, innovators and regulators. Currencies rise and fall, stock markets boom and bust, property values soar and crash, interest rates fluctuate. All of this is supported by the intricate workings of our financial systems.
As a student of Finance you will learn how the financial system works from the perspective of the borrower and of the lender, how assets are traded, how international markets are linked, how governments try to control financial markets, and how financial markets respond.
You will learn how to use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions. Students are not required to have any previous knowledge of finance, only an interest in how the financial sector and the economy works, and a desire to know more.
This course requires 2 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature students must apply to the CAO and fill out the NUI Maynooth mature student application form before February 1st. The new online form will be available from December 13 2013.
Admission will be based on the direct application form and/or interview.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applicants is February 1.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3. HD3 or OC3 Leaving Certificate Maths required.
|How to apply|
How to Apply
We welcome over 2,000 undergraduate students to our University each year:
School-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate
Mature students returning to education
EU/EFTA students who want to study in Ireland
International students from countries outside the EU
FETAC or BTEC major award recipients.
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong. Please visit "How to Apply" for further details.
If you are unsure about anything, just contact us. We are happy to help.
All students take Economics, Accounting and one other subject in First Year.
In Second Year, choose between two routes to your degree:
As an Honours BA degree, Finance and Economics topics are taken in all years.
As a Major / Minor BA degree, Finance is combined with one other (minor) subject in First, Second and Third Year.
You may choose a minor subject from: Business, Computer Science, English, Geography, German†, History, International Development, Law, Mathematical Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Spanish†.
All students, as part of their Finance degree, study the parts of Economics relevant to Finance, and may choose between continuing to study Accounting, or may take more modules in Economics.
Students who opt to spend a year studying abroad are awarded a BA (International) degree.
(† Ab initio beginners programme available).
Duration: 3 years (BA) or 4 years (BA International)
Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting
Tel: 01 708 3728
Fax: 01 708 3934
|Career and postgraduate options|
Finance graduates have strong numeracy skills coupled with an ability to think critically and analytically – invaluable assets in a wide range of employment spheres.
Graduates can be found in the banking and financial services industry, economic consultancy, finance/economic units of public and private sector organisations, financial/economic research, journalism, and teaching.
Some graduates undertake further study to qualify as accountants; they can receive exemptions from equivalent examination papers from the professional accounting bodies.
Postgraduate students are also to be found working in financial institutions, both public and private, in Dublin, London, New York, and elsewhere.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site