Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments NEW


The programme will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification accredited by University College Dublin in the area of applied alternative investments delivered over one academic year.

Who is this programme for?

The Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments is an opportunity for professionals working in the funds industry to develop their expertise in the growing alternative assets market. 

Increasingly, alternative assets which include hedge funds, commodities, private equity, structured products and real assets investments such as infrastructure investments are becoming mainstream investments which are predicted to grow significantly. 

Given the breadth of alternative assets the programme will appeal to professionals working in the funds industry who want to develop expertise in alternative investments.

How you will benefit

The overall aim of the programme is to develop your technical knowledge and skills in alternative investments. It will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of valuation issues relevant to alternative investments and alternative investment funds.
  • Progress your understanding of long-term trends in the demand for alternative investments.
  • Deepen your knowledge and expertise in the range of alternative investment strategies.
  • Introduce the relevance and importance of alternative investments to various types of investors.
  • Develop your knowledge of legal and regulatory issues affecting alternative investment funds.


  • Investment Valuation and Risk (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)
  • Applied Alternative Investment Strategies (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)
  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Alternative Investments (NFQ Level 9, 5 ECTS)


When you successfully complete the three modules of this programme, you will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments from UCD (at postgraduate level 9).


Delivery is over two semesters. One module in semester 1 and two modules in semester 2. Lectures are delivered part-time taking place on either one evening per week or on Saturdays.


Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written exams.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

a) An honours degree (second class honours grade 2 award or higher) in business or a related discipline etc. and have at least one year’s experience in the funds industry


b) Admission may also be considered for experienced professionals who do not meet the admission requirements as set out in a) where they can demonstrate learning through work and training which makes them a suitable candidate for the programme (i.e. they will have significant experience in a senior funds role with responsibility for decision-making).

Professional Body Membership

You must be a current member of the Institute, or become a member, to undertake this programme.

Membership is currently €40 per calendar year.


Investment Valuation and Risk

Summit Finuas Network member: €975*

Non-member: €1,300


Applied Alternative Investment Strategies

Summit Finuas Network member: €975*

Non-member: €1,300


Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Alternative Investments

Summit Finuas Network member: €490*

Non-member: €650


Fees will be reviewed annually.

*Summit Finuas Network funding is available for the Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments. Summit Finuas Network is part of the Finuas Networks Programme. Its objective is to support Ireland’s position as a leading international financial services centre through investment in the development of the skills and expertise of its work force.

2016 modules are eligible for Summit Finuas Network funding for a limited number of places on a first come first served basis.

** The availability of funding for modules in future semesters will be confirmed in advance of their commencement.

Tax relief may be available to candidates who are paying fees in a personal capacity. Further information is available from 

Programme Commencement

October 2016.