Presentation: Postgraduate study in Financial Economics

Are you interested in postgraduate study and a career in financial markets? If yes, the following presentation will be of interest to you.

MSc Financial Economics (Investment, Banking and Risk Management)

Presenter: Dr Niall O’Sullivan (Programme Director)

Time & Venue: Tuesday 31st March, 1.00pm, Electrical Engineering L1.


The MSc Financial Economics programme is open to graduates with business or quantitative backgrounds including engineering, science, mathematics etc.

The MSc Financial Economics programme at is at the top end of graduate study in finance in Ireland and is designed for high achievers wishing to pursue high-end careers in financial markets. As financial instruments and strategy become increasingly complex, there is a strong demand for graduates with a rigorous grounding in finance as well as strong quantitative skills.

The programme involves advanced study of the practices of investment, banking and risk management. Programme modules cover topics such as asset pricing, portfolio management, international finance, capital markets (equities, bonds, currencies, money, commodities), corporate treasury, derivative securities, risk management, macroeconomics and financial institutions. The programme also involves an applied research project using cutting edge techniques and software.

As well as providing a rigorous grounding in theory and methods, the programme provides candidates with the practical skills and techniques widely used in financial markets. The programme covers much of the CFA Levels 1-3 syllabus and includes regular presentations and workshops from outside practitioners. Students manage their own simulated asset portfolio on-line throughout the programme.

Typical career paths include including investment banking, corporate banking, trading/dealing, fund  management, asset pricing, treasury, global capital markets, risk management, financial analysis and research.


University College Cork Mountaineering Club: Clubs & Societies are for postgraduates too

UCC Mountaineering Club

Darragh McKevitt, Captain of the UCC Mountaineering Club talks about club activity and why people get involved, highlighting the fact that clubs are as much for postgraduates as undergraduates…….

University College Cork Mountaineering Club

The club’s activities are twofold, hiking and rock climbing. Hikes are held each Sunday during term, with a total of 20 being held over the course of the college year. Climbing sessions are held in the Mardyke Arena (UCC’s sports arena – on Monday and Wednesday evenings and in Awesome Walls Cork on Friday evenings. Outdoor climbing trips are organised among members throughout the year. Many club members engage in both but some just do one or the other. These activities lead many on to classical mountaineering or alpinism during their time in the club or indeed after they have left college, further leading to qualifications such as the Mountain Leader or Single Pitch Awards.

The club’s ethos is one of welcome and participation, with no distinctions being made as to talent, fitness etc. This is reflected in the high levels of postgrads, staff members, mature and international students that make up the membership body. The social side of the club is probably even more important than all of that though! This allows the opportunity for the club to become more than a hobby for people, developing friendships and a sense of camaraderie that last way beyond college. Alumni are a special group of people for us that more often than not continue to involve themselves in club activities insofar as is possible.

Career options after MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

By Course Director Dr Carol Linehan

MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

What is it about?

Would you like to develop your understanding of people, work and organisations?  Psychology applied to the domain of work is a fascinating area offering many employment opportunities.  From improving recruitment decisions to understanding how technology affects our work performance, from individual motivation to developing organizational capacity, psychology can be applied to enhancing peoples’ well-being and performance at work and contributing to organisational effectiveness.

By engaging with the programme you will develop a range of practical skills in conducting research, critical thinking and analysis, and a range of competencies relevant to professional work such as selection and assessment, negotiation, consulting, etc. The aim is to equip graduates of this programme with the building blocks to operate as effective and reflective professionals.

What career options are there?

This programme, delivered partly online, is open to graduates from a range of backgrounds wishing to pursue career options as work and organisational specialists, work psychologists, human resource managers, management consultants, trainers, or researchersAcross all sectors of employment, wherever ‘work’ or ‘organisational behaviour’ is happening you have a potential job role.

Where can I get more information?

For more information get in touch with the Course Director Dr Carol Linehan at or visit our School website at

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Career opportunities after MSc Audiology in UCC


by Dr Amr El Refaie

This new MSc Audiology is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to qualify individuals to practice audiology.  The programme was developed in response to a call from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Health Services Executive (HSE) to provide clinical education in Audiology, following the National Audiology Review by the HSE, which identified the urgent need for highly qualified audiologists at the national level in Ireland. Audiologists are clinicians responsible for managing patients of all ages suffering from hearing and/or balance problems. Their role involves the diagnosis and management of such conditions, sometimes in partnership with other medical professionals. Audiologist work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community clinics and private clinics with all ages from new-borns to the elderly to provide a client-centred approach to intervention and management of hearing loss and balance problems.

The course is a full time 2 years program, a combination of academic and clinical components. The academic component is taught mainly at the university, while part of the clinical component is achieved through clinical placements in different health care sites during the two years and all over the country. The academic program uses a mixed delivery approaches, varying from lectures, seminars, Problem-Based-Learning tutorials, and on-line activities to achieve our goal of graduating confident, reliable and able clinicians.