Course Description

BA (Hons) Financial Services

Dublin Business School (DBS)


The philosophy of this degree is to develop and foster a deep understanding of financial markets and the financial services industry. The course provides students with a solid grounding in key financial disciplines while affording students the opportunity to equip themselves with the range of knowledge and skills needed to commence a meaningful career in the financial services industry.
Aims & Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to provide students with an understanding of monetary systems from a practical institutional viewpoint, the nature of financial intermediation markets, the nature of money supply and policy issues relating to its control and the inter-relationship between fiscal and monetary policy.

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

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms and operations of financial markets
  • Practice the research and analytical techniques required in a wide variety of careers in financial services
  • Display an understanding of regulatory issues in a financial services environment
  • Apply financial and non-financial models and techniques to business decision making problems at both operational and strategic levels
  • Have an awareness of the challenges and contemporary issues which are emerging in the world of financial services
  • Proceed in a highly competent manner to employment or further postgraduate studies in the area of financial services.


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the BA (Hons) in Financial Services are:

  • Leaving Certificate – Applicants must obtain a minimum of 2H5s and 4 O6s/H7s, to include Mathematics and English or another language, or
  • FETAC – A full Level 5 FETAC Award (i.e. 8 modules) with at least 3 distinctions, or
  • A-Levels / GCSE – Applicants must obtain a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade C to include Mathematics and English or another language, plus 2 A-Level passes at grade C or higher, or
  • BTEC – Applicants must obtain a minimum of a BTEC National Diploma in a cognate area.
  • 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.


All EU nationals aged 23 years before 1st of January in the year of application are classified as ‘mature applicants’. Mature learners can apply directly to the college and will be assessed on basis of age, work experience and educational attainment as outlined in the DBS Quality Assurance Handbook (QAH).


Course Content
The BA (Hons) in Financial Services has the following course content:

Stage 1

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Economic Perspectives
  • Business Context and Organisation
  • IT Essentials
  • Business Maths & Research Methods
  • Learning to Learn
  • Introduction to International Capital Markets

Stage 2

  • International Financial Markets & Services
  • Financial Management
  • International Financial Services Regulation
  • Data Governance & Cybersecurity
  • Management
  • Ethics & Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Economic Perspectives

Stage 3

  • Treasury & Risk Management
  • Financial Structured Products
  • International Asset Management
  • Innovation in International Financial Services
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Capstone Project


Teaching & Assessment

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of year examinations. Continuous assessment will include essay writing, case studies, presentations, literature reviews and projects, and students will be required to work individually as well as in groups. End of year examinations are typically held in late April/early May. Level 1 subjects may also include an in-class assessment usually held in December.



Programme comprises three stages. Students typically take four modules per year (two evenings per week) and the degree takes on average four years to complete.

Level 1 – Seven mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business and accounting areas and include employability and personal development modules which run throughout the programme.

Stage 2 – Student knowledge in the key business disciplines is futher developed and they are introduced to specialist requirements within the financial services industry such as financial management and the regulatory practices of financial institutions.

Stage 3 – Business knowledge is developed to the strategic level and the specialist technical knowledge is developed to the strategic level and the specialist technical knowledge required in financial services is developed in areas such as treasury and risk management and investor relations and wealth management.


Career Opportunities

A Financial Services degree is obviously targeting employment in the financial services sector. It is an ideal degree for students who wish to pursue careers in such areas as banking, insurance, stock broking and financial consulting.

Persons employed in the financial services sector engage in a variety of finance related activities such as giving financial advice, managing investment portfolios for individuals and companies, and approving loans.

This degree will equip students for many different careers in the rapidly developing financial services industry, enabling them to compete for employment in high profile areas such as funds management, stock market analysis and corporate lending.

Graduates can also pursue further academic study within the Postgraduate School at DBS including the MSc International Accounting and Finance.



The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Financial Services are:

  • Level 1: €590 (10 credit modules) / €300 (5 credit modules) per annum.
  • Level 2: €700 (10 credit modules) / €360 (5 credit modules) per annum.
  • Level 3: €750 (10 credit modules) / €380 (5 credit modules) per annum.


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College Name Dublin Business School (DBS)
Course Category Business, Business & Finance
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Honours Bachelor Degree
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Delivery mode Classroom based
Course Duration 4 Years
Course Times 2 evenings per weeks
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding BA (Hons) in Financial Services
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