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Who is this programme for?

The University Diploma in Financial Services is aimed at those who aspire to a management position in financial services and also offers a route to life-long learning. It is recognised in all sectors of the industry as a relevant qualification and is an excellent educational foundation for a management career in the industry.

The University Diploma in Financial Services is designed for those with school leaving qualifications, or those who have completed modules within the professional certificates and/or professional diplomas.

Pathway to further qualification

As well as being a level 7 qualification in its own right, this University Diploma is also Stage 1 of the Bachelor of Financial Services degree subject to successful completion of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and An Introduction to Financial Accounting Information. So when a candidate has completed the University Diploma in Financial Services, they may have also completed Stage 1 of the three Stage Bachelor of Financial Services qualification.

How you will benefit

On successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic theories and practices underpinning the modules you study
  • Evaluate relevant information and formulate strategies to resolve well-defined problems
  • Undertake further study with a degree of autonomy
  • Manage your learning as the curriculum offers opportunities to broaden your knowledge across a wide range of financial services activities as well as providing the ability to engage in certain specialisation


The University Diploma in Financial Services is a 60 ECTS programme consisting of 12 modules - three core modules and nine modules which may be selected from the Institute’s portfolio of level 7 professional certificates and/or diplomas.

The Core Modules include:

1. An Introduction to Financial Accounting Information (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)

2. Macroeconomics (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)

3. Microeconomics (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)


(for the University Diploma in Financial Services core modules listed above)

  • Two-hour exam for each module at the end of the semester
  • The exam consists of written, essay-style and/or calculation based questions
  • The pass mark is 40%

Entry requirements

The minimum second level educational requirements for entry to the University Diploma in Financial Services are as follows:

  • Five passes in the Leaving Certificate, including English and Mathematics
  • Five O Level/GCSE passes, including English Language and Mathematics.

The Institute will also consider applications on a mature candidate basis from applicants who are 23 years of age before the date of their application for admission to the programme.

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.


If you are a CPD member, LCOI or Chartered Banker, you may be awarded formal CPD hours when you successfully complete relevant modules within this qualification.


Further information is available here.

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