Diploma in Investment & Capital Markets

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Click here to view provisional September 2018 timetable.

This course aims to develop an understanding of the world of capital markets, investing and trading. The course commences with an introduction and in-depth look into the world of the stock market. Building on this, investment strategies, portfolio building, terminology and portfolio management are covered in detail.

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of the programme students should have acquired the skills to:

  • Identify and understand the key macroeconomic and financial factors, which affect stock prices

  • Develop the skills necessary to conduct effective research on publicly listed companies

  • Familiarise students with market terminology and practices

  • Understand the operation and mechanisms of both stock and derivative markets

  • Understand and interpret key research data

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of public companies, from both a technical and financial perspective.


To be awarded the Diploma in Investment &Capital Markets, a student will be required to complete a written assignment (100%).


Davy is Ireland’s leading provider of stockbroking, wealth management and financial advisory services. We offer a broad range of services to private clients, small businesses, corporations and institutional investors based in Ireland and internationally. Employing over 440 people Davy organises its activities around four interrelated business areas – Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Private Clients and Research. As the leading broker in the Irish market, we accounted for over 45 per cent of all dealings in Irish equities on the Irish Stock Exchange last year. Davy is the only Irish based primary dealer in Irish Government Bonds and acts as arranger on most Irish corporate bond issues. We act as broker to 45 companies listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, including 9 of the top 10 and 21 out of the 27 companies listed on the IEX (Ireland’s equivalent of AIM). Davy is responsible for circa 70 per cent of funds raised on the Irish Stock Exchange over the past few years. With circa €6.5 billion of clients’ assets under management we are the leading wealth manager in Ireland and have been consistently recognised by the world’s top names in financial services for the quality of our research and service.

 Recent awards include:

  • No. 1 Equity Research Team, Ireland – Institutional Investor All-Europe Research Team Survey 2011

  • Top Brokerage for research and equity sales, Ireland – Thomson Reuters Extel Pan-European Survey 2010

  • Ireland’s leading stockbroker in the Finance Stockbroking Survey 2009 – Davy won a total of 14 categories including half of the dozen awards for equities and the two main economic research awards.

Programme Content

Core Modules

Definition and Introduction to the Stock Market

Background and Operation of the Stock Market

Market Indices and Characteristics

Account Management and Operation

Trading I - CFD & Spreadbetting

Trading II - Options

Bonds and Other Derivatives

The Economy and the Stock Market

Company Analysis and Effective Equity Research


The programme is delivered in an interactive way with suggestions and discussions led by pupils. Various techniques and technologies are used to examine certain situations – for example, online trading, technical analysis and diversification. Students will attend class one evening per week over a 12 week duration, continuous assessment.

Further Study and Career Opportunities

The course provides an depth understanding of the stockbroking industry and provides an excellent platform for those looking to enter the profession. Upon completion of this programme, students can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Investment & Capital Markets at DBS.

Student Profile

Typically, participants on this programme have come from a background in the area of finance and also students with a keen interested on building or expanding on their own personal investment portfolios.The course is structured to  suit all students from all backgrounds. A financial  background is not required.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins. 
View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-8.30pm
Intake: September & February
Duration: 12 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm