Taught course

Applied Finance

Ulster University · Ulster University Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants must have gained Lower Second Class Honours in a business or cognate discipline, however graduates of any discipline will be considered. In recent years graduates of chemistry, physics, law, politics and software engineering have completed the program.

Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their English language competence (minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intensive and allows highly motivated graduates to ‘skill into’ the wholesale financial services sector and is designed for those with a business or cognate discipline (law, economics, computing etc.). A unique aspect of the programme is the option to undertake a placement with a wholesale financial firm. Such placements are subject to interview by the firm and cannot be guaranteed by the University.

Content & modules

Structure & content

The structure of the course is as follows:

Semester I
Financial Reporting
Financial Markets, Institutions and Operation
Financial Regulation

Semester II
Derivatives and Alternative Investments
Quantitative Methods
Fund Management
Corporate Finance and Risk.

Semester III
Either an academic dissertation or work placement report (the choice will be determined by whether the student undertakes placement).

The full-time duration of the programme is normally one calendar year of three semesters. The programme is modular in design, with students taking 8 modules to obtain the PgD and an additional dissertation, or work-based project, to achieve the award of MSc.

Information for international students

General English language entry requirement for most programmes of study require you to have a minimum of IELTS equivalent 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5).

Our Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is a specialised unit providing English language teaching and support for registered students who have English as an additional language.

Individual courses may require a higher level of attainment - please check course entry requirements individually.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Mr Michael Pogue
+44 (0) 28 9036 8109