Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics

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Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics | DBS

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.

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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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)




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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.

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

     





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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.

Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses on the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

Recent Graduates

(Level 8 qualification holders 2020 Graduates) Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.

The fees for the full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analytics is €7,500, of which you pay 10% = €750

Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme.

People in Employment

Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing, please let us know. The fees for the Full-time Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725 Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme. This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of a relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.


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 

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.

Previously Self-Employed

People with at least a level 7 qualification who may require new qualifications to return to self-employment or to enter employment. The course is fully funded by HEA for those in receipt of DEASP payment. For those who were previously self-employed and not in receipt of a DEASP payment 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college.

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations. Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

 

To be eligible the applicant must have been;

Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.

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

Note: It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

Returners, employed and new graduate participants will be required to meet the residency requirements for HCI Pillar 1; that they must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their course.

No participant on an HCI Pillar 1 course in 2020 will be eligible for support under the Department of Education and Skills Higher Education Grants Scheme.

Documents Required

All applicants are required to provide the following documentation;

  • Academic Transcripts (this is the yearly breakdown of the modules studied and results received) and we require the transcripts for each year of study completed from any previous studies/courses attended. If these transcripts are in a language other than English, than please be aware we require official translated copies as well as the originals.

  • Recently updated CV including your education and experience to date

  • If applying through APEL, we require a personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why would you be a suitable candidate. Please be aware that your personal statement should be sent as a word document and the average length should be between 500 - 700 words.

  • Copy of your passport or driver’s licence.

  • 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 • 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.

 

Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is 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 applicants who are in employment (including Self-Employment), we require the following documentation;

Copy of their Tax Credit and Universal Social Charge Certificate 2020, or a letter from their current employer/accountant to confirm employment/self-employment.

Please note that under the Springboard+ HCI 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.



For applicants who are unemployed and in receipt of Social Welfare payment, we require the following documentation;

A recent payment slip, a copy of an application for PTEO/BTEA or a letter from DSP confirming your social protection status (signing for credits, any other form of social welfare etc.) would be suitable.



For applicants who are homemakers, we require the following documentation; 

Letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status. Please see Springboard+ form on the Springboard+ website

Please note that there are limited places available on all programmes. Those applicants who provide all the relevant supporting documents will be allocated places on their chosen programme on a first come-first served basis, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Should we not receive all of the above information, your application will not be progressed and you could potentially miss out an offer of a place.

In the meantime, should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the DBS Admissions Office on 01 4177500 or by email on Springboard@dbs.ie

Note: All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website.
Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

 


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Next Steps


Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.



Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

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 2020

 

Awarding Body:

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Duration: 1 Academic Year 
Study Mode:
Full-Time
Course Commencement Date:
October 2020
Award Level:
Level 9 NFQ
ECTS Credits:
60
10% Contribution (if applicable):
€750

 




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