Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH37D

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Closing Date : 30 June 2023

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Financial regulation is a growing part of the ever-evolving finance industry, requiring specialised knowledge and skills. Our MSc Finance and Regulation draws on expertise from the disciplines of finance and law to provide students with a relevant and stimulating learning experience. It is designed to equip graduates with a knowledge of financial markets and associated laws as well as statistical techniques that will make them attractive to employers and perfectly placed to build a bridge between financial markets and the legal system. The application of finance theory to real world problems is a consistent theme running through our finance modules, with extensive use of real-world data helping to integrate theory with real world practice. On the regulation side, our law modules focus on the regulatory framework in place within the European Union to regulate the capital markets sector and the unique contractual and governance frameworks in place for Islamic finance transactions.

Additional Resources 

Please check out the Postgraduate Open Day Page for details on our upcoming open days and postgraduate information and resources shared at previous open days which includes information on fees, funding, scholarships and student life.


Course Commences

September entry

Successful applicants will normally have:

  • A minimum 2.2 single honours (level 8) degree in finance, law, economics, business, maths or other quantitative discipline;
  • A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which one of the above disciplines constitute at least 50% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree.

Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be interviewed if they have:

  • A minimum 2.2 double honours (level 8) degree in which any of the above disciplines constitute between 20% and 49% of the degree content and the applicant has a 2.2 grade in that component of the overall degree;
  • A primary degree in any other discipline and have at least 5 years' relevant work experience. This is done through the Maynooth University Procedure for Non-Standard Entrants and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850


In common with the world of finance, our MSc Finance and Regulation is an intensive and challenging programme. We begin with a preparatory Autumn School to integrate students from different backgrounds and ensure that all students have the required levels of finance, maths and statistics to succeed in the programme. Students will also be introduced to computer skills essential to modern finance. We then have two semesters of taught modules, during which finance modules are taught over four days per semester and law modules have one 2-hour session per week. Our new Summer School, featuring a taught module in Data Management and Financial Analytics is designed to provide students with practical experience in software used across the industry, while a capstone project completes the programme.

Part-time students will complete the programme over two years, completing at least 35 ECTS in year 1.

Course Duration: 2 years part-time

Our MSc Finance and Regulation is an ideal launch pad for a successful career in financial regulation. The programme is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and adaptability to forge a successful and sustainable career in this specialised area. Careers in regulation and compliance in national and international regulatory agencies, investment nanks, stockbroking firms, multinational firms and central banks are among the diverse career paths accessible to graduates.

Applications for all Maynooth University postgraduate programmes must be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at

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The following documents should be 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 their birth certificate or valid passport.

Helpful information and guides to making an application, uploading documents, and accepting an offer are available at this link: How to apply.

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