Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics

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Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics | DBS

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Overview

Financial analytics arms decision makers with the tools to make sense of an increasingly complex world. By combining internal financial information and operational data with external information such as social media, demographics and big data, financial analytics may address critical business questions with unprecedented ease, speed, and accuracy.

The Postgraduate in Financial Analysis has been designed to meet the growing need for financial professionals with the practical skills required for a rapidly evolving data driven financial function. Upon completion of this programme, graduates will understand the core principles of finance, be equipped to utilise data analytics, machine learning, and visualisation tools, apply the appropriate financial analytic models, and acquire enhanced understanding of business decision making in an ethical and cyber context.

This full-time programme is designed to facilitate learners with a mathematic / economic / computing / technology background who wish to upskill in this new and emerging area of Financial Analytics.


Aims of the Programme


The overall aim of the programme is to produce graduates with strong proficiencies in the application of financial analytics in a contemporary and evolving data driven environment, while also enhancing practical and technical skills.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics programme specific aims are to:

 

  • Enable learners to develop in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in current and developing financial technologies.

  • Provide learners with the ability to think critically and make informed, value creating, decisions based on complex and voluminous data.

  • Develop learners’ core competencies and technical skills in the fields of applied finance, quantitative modelling risk management techniques and financial statement analysis.

  • Enhance the learner’s ability to operate effectively in cross-cultural settings, understand the nature and complexities of globalisation with an ongoing commitment to the importance of business ethics in a global financial business environment.

  • Foster learners’ leadership characteristics which will enable graduates to lead teams and to achieve organisational goals.

  • Create an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set that will enable learners to solve real problems in an evolving, technologically driven work environment.

  • Enable learners to identify, develop and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills.

  • Provide learners with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study.

     

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics are:

  • A Level 8 primary cognate degree with a minimum second-class second-division (2.2) classification from a recognised third level institution. Cognate subjects include business, accountancy, computing, information systems, engineering, general science, mathematics, statistics, data analytics or related discipline.

  • Graduates of any non-cognate discipline and hold a qualification in a conversion-style programme such as the DBS Higher Diploma in Science in FInTech

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification in a cognate area and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

 

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Course Content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics has the following content:

  • Principles of Financial Decision Making  

  • Data Analytics & Machine Learning for Finance  

  • Predictive Financial Modelling  

  • Applied Financial Analytics  

  • Financial Intelligence & Data Visualisation   

  • Information & Cybersecurity Management  

  • Financial Risk Management  

  • Behavioural Economics & Finance



Assessment Methods


The programme teaching and learning strategy is designed to allow the learner to progress through the theoretical and practical concepts in an orderly and logical fashion. The assessment strategy is planned to ensure practical application of the core principles of the module and facilitates feedback, which underpins the overall learning experience.

The overall assessment strategy of the programme is a mixture of practical individual and/or group - project bases - continuous assessment, and where appropriate a final examination.

The programme emphasises the development and evolution of the skills and attributes relevant to the contemporary workplace, and the programme’s assessment strategy reflects this clear objective.






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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Structure

Full-time: 1 year (2 semesters of 12 weeks each)

The Full Time Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Financial Analytics will run over one academic year from Monday to Friday. Calendars will be available in due course. Please note day time attendance is required on this programme.





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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

SB Partner Band

 

For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Career Opportunities

 

The Chartered Global Management Accountant’s (2019) “Re-inventing finance for a digital world”; found that financial analytics can enable better decision making across a business by providing accurate, timely and high quality data analysis which supports improved planning and forecasting capabilities.

Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics programme will have the potential to work in a wide range of industries, such as:

 

  • Accountants - Financial or Managerial

  • Financial Analyst

  • Corporate Finance

  • Treasury Operations/Analyst

  • Portfolio Manager

  • Business Analyst

  • Business Intelligence

  • Consultant

  • Private Equity Analyst (VC)

  • Entrepreneur and/or Innovator

     





Springboard Logo

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

SB Partner Band

 

For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

HCI Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the HCI Pillar 1 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements).  Note: For Stamp 4 holders or Stamp 4 EU FAM, residency will be calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.  Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics, 1-year full-time programme, the following categories are eligible to apply:

(1) People in Employment

Please note that those in employment, under the HCI Pillar 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.  The applicant must also meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria, i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.

PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTATION:

A copy of a most recent payslip

OR

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation.

Fees: The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics is €7,500 of which you pay 10% = €750

 

(2) Self-Employed

Self-employed applicants are eligible to apply.

PROOF OF SELF-EMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice

Fees: The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics is €7,500 of which you pay 10% = €750

 

(3) Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.  Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.

PROOF OF RETURNER DOCUMENTATION:

Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status.  A form to complete this process is available here.

Fees:    The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

 

(4) Recent Graduates

Under the HCI 2020/2021 Initiative, recent graduates are eligible to apply for this programme, i.e. Level 8 2020 Graduates.

PROOF OF RECENT GRADUATES:

A copy of your transcript of results of the level 8 degree or a copy of the parchment confirming the award.

Fees: The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics is €7,500 of which you pay 10% = €750

 

 

(5) The Unemployed

To be eligible for a HCI Pillar 1 course, a person must be in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or be signing for social insurance contribution credits, have a previous history of employment or self-employment and be actively seeking work.

Note: Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payment for 9 of the previous 12 months and hold at least a Level 8 qualification.

  • Jobseekers Benefit 

  • Jobseekers Allowance 

  • One Parent Family 

  • Disability Allowance 

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age 

  • Carers Allowance 

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist 

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension 

  • Blind Pension  

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

PROOF OF UNEMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

Most recent copy receipt of payment of any of the above categories.

OR

A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible, AND

A Letter from the DEASP confirming you are in receipt of any of the above social welfare payment for 9 of the previous 12 months

Fees:    The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

 

(6) Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

Applicants in in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) at the point of application you will be required to transfer to a Jobseekers payment. The time on the PUP will satisfy the full 9-month requirement to qualify for Back To Education Allowance (BTEA). Applicants in this category should contact their INTREO office to discuss this change. Full-time ICT Conversion and HCI Pillar 1 courses are supported under the (BTEA).  Once the BTEA has been approved, a copy should be emailed to the admissions office.

PROOF OF PREVIOUSLY SELF-EMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

Proof of most recent payment;

OR

A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible; AND

A copy of the BTEA approval letter

Fees:    The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.



Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website.  Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process.  Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process.  When you apply through the Springboard website, a member of the admissions team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts of Results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved).If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies;

  • Proof of ID (Driver’s Licence or Passport);

  • Proof of Residency for all applicants for 3 of the last 5 years.This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer;

  • For Non-EU applicants currently residing in Ireland, a copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years;

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date.In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate.This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language Test such as IETLS, Cambridge, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test.Test certificates must be dated within the last 2 years.

 

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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 For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines. 

 *Eligibility and entry requirements apply.
**This programme is subject to validation

Next Steps


Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.



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For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.






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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2021

 

Awarding Body:

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Duration: 1 Academic Year 
Study Mode:
Full-Time
Course Commencement Date:
March 2021
Award Level:
Level 9 NFQ
ECTS Credits:
60
10% Contribution (if applicable):
€750

 




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