BA (Hons) Financial Services - Full Time

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  • Career Opportunities
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Innovation applied to financial services is creating a wave of disruptive activity that will change the shape of the global financial system - its participants, markets and regulation - over the foreseeable future. This has created a demand from graduates and employees for programmes specifically tailored to the skills required for a changing financial services industry. Therefore, this is a programme focuses upon the contemporary skills and attributes required by stakeholders in the financial services industry. The programme is designed to learners’ seeking to enhance their career prospects in the technologically driven financial services sector.

The BA (Hons) in Financial Services is designed to give a clearly structured financial services education that provides a solid foundation for success in this industry. On completion of this programme, learners will have a holistic understanding of the financial services industry and related financial/risk management functions. Through the capstone research project, learners will develop independent research and problem-solving skills which will be valuable in a variety of contexts in the workplace. This programme accommodates a wide audience of learners whose specific interests in the international financial services industry. This programme is a 3 year full-time programme and a 4 year part-time programme.


Aims and Objectives


This is an innovative programme covering a wide range of challenges and opportunities in the financial services industry. It aims is to create a mastery of core financial technologies and financial operations while also enhancing the practical technical skills of the learners. The financial services sector incorporate a wide scope of industries and is a constantly evolving area. Therefore, this programme aims to provide core grounding in the theoretical and core knowledge areas of this field whilst also covering the scope of new technologies, increased internalisation and the enhanced regulation required in this area. This programme focuses on core areas such as financial markets, financial services, regulation and compliance, treasury operations, data governance, cybersecurity and data analytics and enables learners to develop competencies and apply practical skills in these areas. Through the work of the programme team and in conjunction with the industry experts, the BA (Hons) in Financial Services has been reviewed and designed to reflect the specific skills and attributes graduates will required to pursue careers in the financial services industry. 


Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Financial Services programme has the following content. 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Principles of Accounting 

Economic Perspectives 

Business Context and Organisation 

IT Essentials 

Business Maths & Research Methods 

Learning to Learn 

Introduction to International Capital Markets 



International Financial Markets & Services 

Financial Management

International Financial Services Regulation 

Data Governance & Cybersecurity


Ethics & Corporate Governance 

Advanced Economic Perspectives 


Treasury & Risk Management 

Financial Structured Products 

International Asset Management 

Innovation in International Financial Services 

Data Analytics for Finance 

Capstone Project 


Transfer Learners

Students holding a relevant certificate, ordinary degree or other relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of the degree programme.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Financial Services is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class times. Assessed work will consist of traditional end-of-year examinations plus a significant element of continuous assessment based on coursework. Such coursework may involve research-based reports, case studies, essays, or practical assignments and presentations.



Stage 1 will provide learners with the foundation knowledge of the programmes relevant disciplines, for example: accounting, economics, business organisations, information technology, mathematics, statistics, research methods, and the operation of international capital markets. Learners will also learn and develop skills relevant to the contemporary work- place and professional environments.

Stage 2 will build on the knowledge developed at Stage 1 with learners developing their competency and proficiency in various disciplines, for example: the scope of international financial services and markets, financial management, international financial service regulation, data governance and cyber security, management, and the importance of ethics.

Stage 3 will complete learners’ instruction by advancing and applying the learning outcomes from stage 2 through the final year modules, for example: treasury risk management, financial structured products, international asset management, innovation on financial services, and data analytics for finance. Learners complete their award stage with an individual capstone project.

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant certificate, diploma or other relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of the degree programme.

Career Opportunities

Across recruitment, agencies and website based recruitment sites there are currently numerous employment opportunities in the following sectors of the financial services industry:
·         Commercial banking;
·         Investment banking;
·         Asset Management
·         Fund Accounting;
·         Private Equity;
·         Aircraft leasing/finance;
·         Insurance companies;
·         Management Consultants.
It should be noted that employment opportunities also exist across the diverse SME (Small Medium Sized Enterprises) sector, within the public sector, and across the evolving Fintech sector



The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Financial Services are €5,895 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2020/2021 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.  


EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) in Financial Services
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB516
Next Intake: September 2021


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