Maynooth University School of Business


Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH12D;MH13D

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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The MLitt Programme extends over a minimum of two years and is aimed at high-performance students who wish to combine taught modules and independent research.


The degree is targeted at high performing students with a strong background in Economics, Finance or a quantitative discipline. Students are eligible for admission if they have obtained at least a 2.1 grade (or the equivalent) in:

  • an honours degree in Finance or Economics, or a degree in which Finance or Economics formed a substantial component.
  • an honours degree in which there was a substantial quantitative component, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Physics or Statistics
  • a postgraduate conversion course such as a Higher Diploma in Finance or similar.

Applicants with a high 2.2 in an undergraduate Economics or Finance degree but with 2.1 standard in key modules may also be eligible; they will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Director.

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall score or equivalent. Please visit Maynooth University International Office website for further information about English language and other requirements for international students. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU international applicants.

Students without the above qualifications may wish to apply for the two-year MSc Finance (MHH74)

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

In the first year (commencing September) all students must register full-time and follow the programme of the MSc in Finance or the MSc in Economic and Financial Risk Analysis. Once the MSc Programme is successfully completed at honours level, the student develops a course of study which combines taught courses, reading courses and research under the guidance of his/her supervisory committee. At the end of the second year, a full-time student must present his/her thesis. A part-time student has two years to present his/her thesis after the completion of the (full-time) first year. Should the quality of the thesis meet the PhD standard, with a grade of at least 60% in the programme, the student will be invited to continue in the PhD programme. 

Course Duration: 2 years full-time

Graduates of the programme have excellent employment records at home and abroad, with graduates working in many of the major financial centres of the world, e.g. New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, as well as in Dublin. Recent graduates are currently pursuing careers in stockbroking, bond trading, investment strategy, portfolio fund management and investment and retail banking in the private sector. Other recent graduates have taken up research positions at the Central Bank of Ireland, while some have continued to Ph.D. programmes to pursue an academic career. The diverse career paths reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.

Online application only

PAC Code


The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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