Certificate in Economics & Finance

CertificateEconomics & Finance

Part Time
1 year
20 Dec 19

Programme delivery

The programme will be delivered one/two evenings per week and over a small number of Saturdays primarily in Kilkenny and on occasion in Waterford.

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used including lectures, workshops, seminars and lab based sessions to facilitate learning through participation, problem solving and reflection.

About the Certificate in Economics and Finance

The Certificate in Economics and Finance is a Level 9 qualification (postgraduate/masters level). It will be a taught programme that comprises of six modules delivered over one academic year on a flexible basis.

This Certificate, whilst a stand-alone award, will draw on existing modules on the Masters in Business Studies (Economics and Finance).

Tailored towards graduates who are already employed in the financial services sector or other businesses who wish to reorient their career/upskill themselves, it will also cater for graduates who wish to pursue a career in finance or economics. It will equip candidates with advanced skills, knowledge and competencies in econometrics, financial derivatives, financial regulation, advanced financial analysis and interpretation as well as exposure to contemporary issues and their application to practice. Candidates will learn not only theory but will work with live data.


Pictured here in the photo are some of the current students along with Mr John Maher, Lecturer in Financial Risk and Regulatory Management (second to left) and Dr Sheila O Donohoe, Programme Director (second to the right)

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Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include presentations, project work, reflective logs, written assignments as well as written exams at the end of each semester. Most of the modules are individually assessed with a minor element of group work involved in some modules.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Econometrics (50% CA, 50% Exam)Corporate Financial Interpretation (50% CA, 50% Exam)
Financial Derivatives (50% CA, 50% Exam)Financial Risk and Regulatory Management (100% Exam)
Seminar Series (100% CA)Monetary Economics (100% Exam)

Entry requirements for the Cert in Economics & Finance

  • A H1 or 2.1 overall award in a strong specialist business/economics and finance undergraduate degree or a general business undergraduate degree with an economics and/or finance major/specialism.

  • Students from a non-business degree (example – BA or a BSc) but with relevant economics/finance related modules may also be eligible. 

  • Graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the economics/finance related subjects may be considered.

  • Students without a Level 8 qualification may qualify under RPL as per WIT academic guidelines on RPL

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.


Programme fees for the Certificate in Economics and Finance is €3,000.


How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie (Code WD608)

Progression Opportunities and Transfer Pathways

Successful completion of the Certificate in Economics and Finance will open up opportunities for graduates to progress in their careers.

Further study options for graduates, such as completing the Masters in Business Studies (Economics and Finance) will be open to graduates.

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