Master of Science (MSc) in Trading and Investing

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


This programme welcomes a wide audience of learners from cognate backgrounds whose specific learning requirements lie in trading and investing. The MSc. in Trading and Investing (Level 9, 90 ECTS) programme aims to produce individuals with the specialised skills and attributes necessary to meet the demands of the modern-day trading and investing environment. Learners will understand the core principles of trading and investing, as well as the regulatory requirements needed to operate both nationally and internationally; they will be equipped with important technical analysis skills including financial modelling and data visualisation and possess an integrated understanding of the wide range of financial assets used for trading and investing on a daily basis, including non-standard investment types. Moreover, learners will develop advanced critical thinking, teamwork and team leadership, writing and research skills through the completion of the research module along with the completion of a practical artefact that will allow them to apply all of their learning to produce a thorough trading and investing strategy.

The specific programme objectives are as follows:

  1. Imbue a critical analysis of the up-to-date research on best practices in trading and investing.

  2. Accrue a thorough understanding of risk and risk management across trading and investing strategies.

  3. Critically evaluate alternative assets and perform objective and thorough tests to determine an alternative asset’s predicted worth.

  4. Gain an in-depth knowledge of the national and international regulations related to trading and investing.

  5. Develop the competencies to present and justify investment strategies in a professional and highly competent way.

  6. Create critical awareness of ethical processes including disclosing and managing risk.

  7. Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the graduates of tomorrow who can work both independently and collaboratively within innovative and disruptive environments.

  8. Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation, and further study.


This programme is delivered through both online and face-to-face modes of delivery, including classroom sessions (in-person and Zoom lectures), asynchronous content, and practical computer lab sessions. 

Minimum Entry Requirements

This programme is primarily aimed at learners with a Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree in a cognate area (e.g. computer science, IT, science, mathematics, statistics, accounting, finance, economics, engineering, maths and management, information systems) with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third-level institution (or equivalent).

Applicants with a Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree in a non-cognate area, with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third-level institution (or equivalent), may be considered on a case-by-case basis, where they can demonstrate three to five years’ experience in an area closely related to trading and investing or financial analysis.

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.

Teaching and Assessment

The MSc. in Trading and Investing provides students with a flexible, multimodal, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment. Asynchronous content, with built in knowledge checks for reflection, is consistently used throughout the programme to explain theory and concepts and to contextualise the practical aspects of trading and investing. In-class and online workshops will be used to discuss the theoretical underpinnings behind trading and investing decisions.

Assessments for this programme are 100% continuous assessment and take various forms including, but not limited to, group and individual practical projects, portfolios, reports, technical demonstrations and presentations.

Module No.

Module Name



Python Introductory training*



Securities Markets Structure and History



Financial Economics



Technical Analysis and Financial Visualisation



Financial Reporting and Fundamental Analysis



Portfolio Planning, Risk Management and Valuation



ESG, Ethics and Regulation in Trading and Investing



Applied Financial Marketing Analytics



Investment Portfolio Research and Preparation



Applied Trading and Investing Capstone


*Learners must complete the DBS OnDemand Python introduction lessons before commencing the programme. Further details will be available during the application process.

An Exit award is available for learners who are unsuccessful in completing the Capstone module.


The MSc. in Trading and Investing is a 1 year full-time/2-year part-time programme consisting of eight taught modules, four 10 ECTS modules, four 5 ECTS modules, and a 30 ECTS Applied Trading and Investing Capstone. For learners who cannot continue, for personal or professional reasons, to the research component of this programme, there is an embedded exit award titled, Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Trading and Investing (Level 9, 60 ECTS).

For Full Time learners, semester one provides the learner with a critical understanding of Trading and Investing and the national and international landscape. Semester two covers advanced modules in which the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the first semester can be employed. Part-time learners progress through this programme through an additional semester, delivered by evening classes.

Learners will then complete a capstone (30 ECTS) of an Applied Trading and Investing Capstone which will synthesise learning from other modules, combining research and technical skills to investigate, design, produce and critically evaluate an area of research interest.

Career Opportunities

Trading and Investing is a complex field containing technical, data-driven, IT skills as well as general business acumen and understanding of best practices in a variety of decision making scenarios.

Specifically, learners must:

  • Develop advanced analytical skills.

  • Think critically and develop well rationalised strategies.

  • Communicate effectively regarding decisions and recommendations.

  • Communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.

  • Develop a strong understanding of national and international regulatory requirements.

The MSc in Trading and Investing programme will prepare learners for a career in the investment and trading sector or as a part of back-office operations on both supply and demand sides. Classes are designed to simulate a real-life experience of the financial industry.


The course fees for the next academic year are €8,995 for one year, and €5,500 for two years for EU students. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

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You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests. 

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder. 

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates. 

Next Steps

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EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

  • Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business 

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic documents   

  • Academic transcripts  

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  

  • A Curriculum Vitae  

  • A copy of your passport 

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Trading and Investing
Award Type: Major
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years
Next Intake:
September 2024

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