Accounting and Finance COURSES

BA (Hons) in Financial Services


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 
Award Level: 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
Title of Award:
BA (Hons) in Financial Services
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB516

Despite the turmoil in global financial markets in recent years the National Skills Bulletin 2012 (Expert Group on Future Skills Needs) published by Forfás identified skills shortage in the area of finance with the specific reference to risk, regulatory compliance and quantitative finance. Our programme is responding to these skill shortages and global trends whilst seeking to optimise existing strengths so that the opportunities for graduate employment are enhanced to meet the future industry requirements. The demand for high-level financial skills, particularly in the area of risk and compliance, is expected to be driven by the continued restructuring and reform of the banking sector. In the government's 2013 Action Plan for Jobs, the international financial services area has been highlighted as an area for significant development and is setting an objective to increase employment in this sector by 10,000 in 2016. 

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Financial Services programme has the following content.

Year 1 Core
  • Economic Perspectives
  • IT Essentials
  • Business with Law for Accounting Students
  • Maths & Statistics for Finance
  • Accounting 
  • Learning to Learn 
  • Communications for Personal Development
Year 2 Core
  • Employability Skills
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Economic Perspectives
  • Financial Services Environment
  • Financial Management
  • Institutional Regulation,Governance & Ethics

Options (Choose 1)

  • Business Information Systems
  • Management
  • Selling & Sales Management
Year 3 Core
  • Employability in Action 
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Global Business 
  • Treasury & Risk Management 
  • Financial Structured Products (Theory & Practice)
  • Investor Relations & Wealth Management

Options (Choose 1)

  • Strategic Management 
  • Data Management & Analytics
  • Consumer Analysis

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3
Employability in Action Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life
Year 2
Employability Skills
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Year 1
Learning to Learn Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching & Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Financial Services is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessed work will consist of traditional end-year examinations plus a significant element of continuous assessment based on coursework. Such coursework may involve research-based reports, case studies, essays, or practical assignments and presentations .


Students on this course will gain a broad knowledge of the financial services sector with subjects reflecting the activities of major participants in the industry and providing insight into products, financial markets, management practices and performance. As the course progresses, students learn to apply the various methods and techniques they have studied. They also learn to develop pragmatic solutions to real problems and how to effectively communicate information, ideas, complex problems and solutions to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Year 1

Seven mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business areas and disciplines.

Year 2

Student knowledge in the key business disciplines is further developed and they are introduced to specialist financial areas such as fund accoutning and the regulatory practices of financial institutions.

Year 3

At the final year, business knowledge is developed to the strategic level and specialist financial knowledge is further augmented in areas such as treasury and risk management and investor relations and wealth management.

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant certificate, diploma or other relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of the degree programme.

Career Opportunities

A career in the financial services sector can lead to a variety of employment opportunities at home and globally in the areas of finance, governance and risk management. Graduates from this programme in DBS mainly work in areas such as fund management, commercial banking and finance, insurance / re-insurance, professional accountancy firms and the regulatory environment. This programme provides students with a specialised education in financial services within an overall business environment. The Financial Services Sector is one of Ireland's success stories and it has recovered well from the recent economic turmoil. It is one of the largest employers of graduates. This programme also provides a basis for students wishing to pursue further academic and professional qualifications.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Financial Services are €5,650 per annum.

To view all Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2016/2017 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to CAO before 20th January. Late applications to CAO will be charged €50 for online and €80 for paper applications.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email