UCD is Ireland’s largest university with over 30,000 students from 124 different countries. It is a leading international university and is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide. The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre offering a world class MBA, leading PhD programme, a wide range of Masters degrees, as well as Executive Development programmes.

The Institute of Banking has had a long valued relationship with UCD, dating back to 1990 when we jointly developed the Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS) degree. In 2006, we entered into a long-term strategic alliance with UCD to enhance and develop education and research in banking and financial services.  As part of this alliance, the Institute became the first recognised school of UCD. 

In 2011 The Institute of Banking became a recognised college of UCD.

UCD’s Strategy 2015 – 2020

The Institute is an integral part of UCD’s strategy. You can read UCD’s strategy plan 2015 – 2020 and view a short presentation here

Academic rigour and quality assurance

As a recognised college of UCD, the management of the Institute’s education programmes is subject to the process and quality assurance requirements set out in UCD’s academic regulations. The governance and management of our education programmes is consistent with the processes and quality assurance requirements set out in UCD academic regulations. In 2010, the University undertook a periodic institutional review.  The report from that review can be found here

To assist in the maintenance of the highest academic standards, the academic activities of the Institute of Banking are overseen by a joint UCD-Institute Board, which is comprised of representatives from UCD and the Institute. The Board has responsibility for all academic matters relating to programmes (quality, teaching and learning, student welfare and progression) offered by the Institute. The Board meets at least twice per semester with various sub-committees of the Board meeting more frequently. The University and the Institute also appoint three representatives each to a strategic management committee. Some of the Institute’s short programmes, executive education programmes and seminars are not part of this framework.

QA Handbook 2017-2018

You can access our QA Handbook 2017-18 here.