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International Finance (MEconSc)
This programme is specifically designed with dedicated courses to deepen students’ understanding of the forces driving the global economy and the operations of the international financial markets. The programme provides both a rigorous foundation in the theory of international finance and necessary technical skills used in applied financial market analysis.
This is the only Master’s programme offered in Ireland that specialises in international finance. The programme places special emphasis on current issues in international economic policy and on recent developments in the areas of multinational investment flows, the dynamics of exchange rates, risk management and asset pricing.
The Financial Services industry, which is a part of Internationally Traded Services has been identified by the Irish Government as one of the key sectors for the delivery of high value-added jobs in Ireland and a crucial sector in the further development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy.
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Requirements and Assessment
Students admitted to the programme will normally hold a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification*, which will have included the study and understanding of economics to intermediate level.** Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent international qualification may also apply. IELTS scores of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.
* In exceptional cases a person without a 2.1 primary degree may be admitted if economics is a major part of their undergraduate degree and if they have achieved a 2.1 average in the economics courses they have taken.
** By intermediate level economics we mean courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics at a level typically done in second or third year of an undergraduate programme. Accordingly people who have only studied one year of economics are not eligible for admission.
1 year, full-time
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The programme provides a special emphasis on current issues in international economic policy and on recent developments in the areas of multinational investment flows, dynamics of exchange rates, risk management and asset pricing.
Students gain a deeper understanding of both the microstructure and macroeconomic implications of these issues, and necessary technical skills for analysing financial data using computer simulation based models.
Graduates with these skills are highly valued by commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions, by public institutions such as Central Banks and by multinational corporations.The Financial Services industry, which is a part of Internationally Traded Services, has been identified by the Irish Government as one of the key sectors for the delivery of high value-added jobs in Ireland and a crucial sector in the further development of Ireland's knowledge-based economy.
The programme includes such modules as:
- Macroeconomic Theory
- International Finance
- Financial Econometrics 1 (Time Series Analysis)
- Seminar in Financial Economics 1 (Portfolio Theory)
- Quantitative Methods in Finance
- International Monetary Economics
- Financial Econometrics 2 (Applied Portfolio Modelling)
- Seminar in Financial Economics 2 (Derivatives and Risk Management)
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates with the skills taught in this programme are highly valued by commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions, by public institutions such as Central Banks and by multinational corporations. Employers of graduates of this programme include Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, First Derivatives, European Central Bank, and Central Bank of Ireland. This
programme can also be a stepping stone to a PhD programme.
Special emphasis is given to current issues in international economic policy and to recent developments in cross-border investment, exchange rates, risk management and asset pricing. Graduates with these skills are highly valued by banks and other financial institutions, by public institutions such as central banks and by multinational corporations.
Develop a Career Path
The programme is your passport to the exciting and rewarding world of financial services. This postgraduate qualification opens up a wide variety of career opportunities in the financial services industry, both in Ireland and abroad. From Galway to Singapore, from New York to London, financial services businesses such as banks, insurance companies, stockbrokers and investment funds, as well as government agencies, central banks and multinational corporations all put enormous value on the skills taught in this programme
Education to the Highest International Standards
The programme aims to deepen students’ understanding of the forces driving the global economy and the operations of international financial markets. The programme is designed to provide students with a rigorous analysis of the theory of international finance and the essential technical skills for using frontier methods of applied financial analysis. The programme offers students’ hands-on training of computer-based simulation models for both business analytics and the analysis of financial data.
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What Our Graduates Say
Anthony Patrick Saoud | 3M Data Analyst, Canada
The MEconSc (International Finance) at NUI Galway equipped me with advanced quantitative tools and techniques, which allowed me to standout and work in a competitive Fortune 500 company. The program exposed me to several fields in finance and quantitative research that enabled me to think outside the box and adapt to a variety of sectors.
Mohit Agrawal | Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Yale University
As a Master’s student in Economics, I was impressed by NUI Galway’s students, faculty, and facilities. The program size was small, allowing me to learn from and become friends with my fellow students in a collegial atmosphere. The faculty were fully dedicated to students, easy to talk to, and well-versed in their fields. Meanwhile, the facilities at NUI Galway were top-notch, with great computer labs, libraries, and social spaces. Lastly, I enjoyed living in Galway, with its historic city center and scenic seaside promenade; Galway was a perfect launching pad for trips across Ireland and Europe. During my time in Galway, I gained a unique understanding of economic policy in the context of Ireland and the Eurozone. I strongly encourage international students to consider study at NUI Galway.