Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH416

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 July 2023

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Study Finance, Economics, Mathematics and a choice of languages or Computer Science. Languages available: Chinese, French, German and Spanish are available to complete beginners. Leaving Certificate H4 recommended to study non-beginner level French, German, Spanish.

Either work or study abroad in 3rd year (or work in an internationally orientated company in Ireland – all subject to availability). You may study abroad in the 1st semester, and work in the 2nd.

Learn how the financial system works – how assets are traded, international markets are linked, government policy decisions affect the economy and how financial markets respond.

Why choose this degree?

  • Be prepared both intellectually and practically for employment in the highly competitive and dynamic world of international finance.
  • Use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions.
  • This degree is not suitable for those mostly interested in the accounting side of finance (though all students are recommended to take one module in Accounting).

1st year   
15 credits of Economics
7.5 credits of Mathematics (taking an extra 7.5 credits of Mathematics in 2nd semester is recommended)
Students also take 1 subject from Chinese*, French*, German*, Spanish* or Computer Science and 1 other subject from groups 1, 2 or 5 including Critical Skills (maximum 1 subject per group)
Students are strongly recommended to take 7.5 credits of Accounting, however, because of timetable restrictions, it will only be available to those taking Computer Science, Spanish or German (not as beginner). These students will have a second opportunity to take an Introduction to Accounting course in 2nd year.

2nd year
Choose between 2 possible routes:

  • Single Major in Economics and Finance
  • Major/Minor with Economics and Finance as the Major and either Computer Science or their 1st year language or Mathematical Studies as a Minor. Approximately 33% of a student’s time is spent on the Minor

Optional 10 credit Elective in 2nd year

3rd year
Work placement in an international company or study abroad (subject to availability - the University’s Placement Office will support you in the search for a placement job; however, the process is competitive).

Final year
Back on the Maynooth University campus taking the Single Major or Major/Minor (depending on the 2nd year option chosen).
* Beginners language programme available. This requires 30 credits in the language (French, German or Spanish). Chinese Studies is only available as a 30 credit option.

Course Duration: 4 years with placement or Erasmus/Study Abroad

Finance graduates have strong numeracy skills, coupled with an aability to think critically and analytically – invaluable assets in a wide range of professions. Graduates can be found in the banking and financial services industry, economic consultancy, finance units of public and private sector organisations, financial research, journalism and teaching.

Postgraduate degree holders are also to be found working in financial institutions, both public and private, in Dublin, London, New York and around the globe. Many of our students continue to further postgraduate study in a very wide range of Business subjects at Maynooth University.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2023 to the Access Office. 

Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2023

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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