MSc in Global Financial Information Systems (GFIS)

Master of ScienceGlobal Financial Information Systems (GFIS)

Full Time
Cork Road
1 yr

Deferred Start Date and Programme Revision

Start date for this programme has been deferred from September 2020 to January 2021.The programme is undergoing a major revision and the new programme, provisionally titled an MBS in Finance and Business Analytics, will commence in January 2021 (subject to completion of validation processes). If you have received an offer of a place on the M Sc in GFIS then you have been sent an email regarding your options. Applications to the M Sc in GFIS have been suspended and applications for the January 2021 intake under the new programme will re-open in early October. 

The information on these pages relate to the older version of the M Sc in GFIS and not the new proposed MBS in Finance and Business Analytics. However, many of the modules will be remaining the same

What is the Masters of Science in Global Financial Information Systems?

The Masters of Science in Global Financial Information Systems (MSc in GFIS) commenced in September 2012. The MSc in GFIS (Level 9) was developed in response to the current and future demand from the Financial Services (FS) industry, for hybrid finance-technology graduates with a specific focus on the application of ICT to Financial Services.

Developed in conjunction with a number of FS companies from Ireland and the UK, the objective of the MSc in GFIS is to enable high calibre graduates to rapidly develop quantitative, analytical, and ICT skills and experience, embedded in a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Financial Services.

However, the depth, standard and transferability of the skill-set and knowledge acquired on the programme, also means that graduates are in demand from companies in other professional industries.

Special Feature


The programme is delivered over a 12-month period whereby the first 9 months are spent on-campus at WIT, and the final 3 months comprise of a Professional Internship.

The delivery method is innovative and challenging, consisting of lectures, ICT workshops and e-learning, group work, industry focused problem based learning, presentations, a seminar series with industry experts, and educational visits to the headquarters of Financial Services organisations. The programme also integrates the research activities of the WIT AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research.

                                                                        Grad ireland


  • The MSc in GFIS was shortlisted Postgraduate Course of the Year IT – 2016

  • Shortlisted as Best New Course of the Year at the Postgrad Ireland Awards - 2015

  • Runner-up and highly commended by the judges, in the Postgrad Ireland Best Business Course category - 2014

  • Shortlisted as the Best New Course at the Postgrad Ireland Awards - 2013 


pdf   Masters of Science in Global Financial Information Systems (MSc in GFIS) Flyer


In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

The programme is structured into 3 semesters consisting of the following modules and credits:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Data Modelling and Analytics Business Intelligence
Seminar Series Global Transaction Banking
Econometrics Global Financial IS Security
IS Project Management Financial Risk & Regulatory 
Financial Derivatives Corporate Financial Interpretation
Research Methods Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

*(See note one)

Semester 3

Professional Internship *(see note 2)
Financial Information Systems Research Project *(see note 3 )

*Note 1: Students can opt for an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Global Financial Information Systems) at the end of Semester 2 having being awarded 60 Credits.

*Note 2: All students must complete all taught elements in Semester 1 and Semester 2 to the satisfaction of the Head of the School of Business, before being eligible for a Professional Internship.

*Note 3: Students who are unsuccessful in securing a Professional Internship will have to complete a Financial Information Systems (FIS) Project. The FIS Research project may run in Semester 1 of Year 2. 

ICT and Communications Skills

The programme provides students with training on a wide range of software including:

  • SWIFT e-Learning Software: (1) SWIFT Introduction; (2) SWIFT and International Payment Systems; (3) SWIFT Guide to the Securities Market.

  • Oracle, MS Access, and SQL

  • ERwin Data Modeler

  • SAP BI and Business Warehousing

  • Advanced Excel Analysis

  • MS Project

  • StockTrak

  • Thomson One Banker

  • Financial Times

  • SPSS

  • Social media for business applications

  • e-Conferencing/e-Meeting applications.

  • Video Conferencing

  • Presentation skills

  • Report writing skills

Module Assessment & Examination

The MSc in Global Financial Information Systems (GFIS) consists of skills-based and knowledge-based modules, and this is reflected in the programme assessment strategy. The modules scheduled for Semesters 1 and 2 have a well-balanced approach to the allocation of Continuous Assessment and end of year Final Examinations.

The MSc in GFIS is underpinned by WIT’s longstanding reputation for providing high quality, innovative, business and finance programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Thus, in the interests of continuous improvement of the programme, modules and assessment/examination schedules and allocations are subject to change.

pdf Programme Modules Catelogue 

Entry requirement

  • All graduates of Business or Technology undergraduate degree programmes who have achieved an honours grade (2.2) or higher.

  • Graduates from other undergraduate degree programmes, including Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, etc., who have achieved an honours grade (2.2) or higher, are also eligible to apply. In fact, undergraduates from Archaeology, Mathematics, Construction Studies, Social Studies, Engineering, Science, Business (General, Economics, Management, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, and HR) and Computing and ICT have all successfully completed the MSc in GFIS.

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

However, this does not guarantee automatic entry to the programme. We receive a substantial number of applications every year, and on average, there are four applications for every position on the programme. Therefore, participants may be considered for interview and short listing. Prior work or industrial experience may be considered when short-listing applicants.


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to

pdf   Postgraduate Business user guide on making an application through PAC

The goal of the MSc in GFIS is to ensure that graduates have the practical skills, knowledge, and experience required to immediately take-up employment positions in the Financial Services industry. The majority of graduates from the MSc in GFIS are employed in graduate roles such as Business Analyst; Data Analyst; Risk Analyst; FIS Analyst; Investment Banking; Operations Analyst; Business Operations Executive and in policy roles in companies in Ireland and overseas. Graduates of the programme may also apply for Post Graduate Level 10 studies, such as a PhD by Research, either nationally or internationally.

Past graduates of the MSc in GFIS are now employed with companies such as:

Central Bank of IrelandBank of Irelandsunlife  CITCO     ey     

        AON                           Bank of America        ibm           Depuy Synthes (J&J)Kerry      Glanbia    state street    deloitte   aib   B and L

More Student Stories

"GFIS has been brilliantly created as a modern hybrid course of IT and finance, providing the necessary tools and knowledge to upskill quickly and strive in the modern work environment. GFIS provides a hard working dedicated staff with a mix of up to date theory and application in both IT and finance. However; the skills learned on the course can be applied across a wide variety of business disciplines. The course is intensive and can be challenging at times but will provide you with an environment to hone your skills in data modelling, data analysis, financial analysis, project management, business intelligence and much more.

The modules on GFIS allow students to develop soft skills such as people skills, teamwork, time management, task optimisation, prioritisation, problem solving and thinking outside the box. The course simulates the modern working environment and I personally found a great deal of theories and practice I engaged with are being utilised in my current position."

Mr. Lee Rock - MSc in GFIS Graduate 2015-2016 - Graduate IT Engineer, Bausch & Lomb, Waterford, Ireland.

“The MSc in Global Financial Information Systems enables the participant to gain real applicable skills and successfully return to work in their desired area. I had previously worked in IT consultancy but had left the industry to pursue other options. I was keen to return to a Systems Analysis role but found the IT industry had moved on. I undertook the MSc GFIS to up skill in practical IT, financial and analytical skills which would position me for roles within the industry. The course content and delivery methods strike a great balance between those skill sets.

The progressive blended learning approach to content delivery enables the students to learn and utilise new social media technologies during the course. Another huge benefit of the course is the Internship. This offers the participant a practical route into employment. I have been very lucky in that I was successful in getting my preferred role as a Business Systems Analyst in DePuy Synthes Supply Chain Analytics. Having the chance to work in a renowned and progressive multinational is testament to the opportunity provided by the course. The skills I developed and enhanced on the course have enabled me to secure an additional role with the organisation after my internship concludes. I would highly recommend the MSc GFIS to any prospective candidate.”

Mr. Gerard Kelleher – MSc in GFIS Graduate 2012-2013 – Business Systems Analyst, Supply Chain Analytics, DePuy Synthes (J&J), Cork, Ireland.

“The MSc in Global Financial Information Systems has given me the skills and knowledge needed for success within a multinational financial services organisation. The range of modules incorporated in this course enabled me to gain a better understanding of the multiple facets of a global financial organisation, from risk management, financial interpretation and particularly in analysing financial information using statistical analysis software. In addition to the financial aspect to the course, there is a great emphasis on technological advancement in this area. During the course, we were exposed to how the area of "Big Data" is now the cutting edge of how organisations can gain competitive advantage.

Using tools such SAP we were enabled to discover on a practical level how organisations can analyse data and transform it into meaningful information for decision-making. The practical element of this course is particularly helpful. Through the internship incorporated into this course, I was able to secure full time employment in a multinational financial organisation. MSc in GFIS has created opportunities for me that would not have possible otherwise!”

Ms. Emer Curtis – MSc in GFIS Graduate 2012-2013 – Technology Analyst, Sunlife Financial, Waterford, Ireland.

“The MSc in GFIS offered students with both relevant and non-relevant backgrounds the opportunity to gain both an in-depth and broad insight into many areas of Business and Information Technology.  The spectrum of learning was varied, interesting and highly relevant. There was a mix of practical skills that are in demand in many types of careers as well as a focus on theory and knowledge. The placement aspect of the course allowed me to apply many of the practical IT skills that I developed during my time on the course and practice what we had learned in a real life setting. I would highly recommend this course as it has given me the opportunity to get into an accounting career that would not have been possible without it”.

Ms. Eleanor Roche – MSc in GFIS Graduate 2012-2013 – Trainee Accountant, Ernst & Young, Waterford, Ireland.

The main reason I chose the MSc in Global Financial Information Systems (MSc in GFIS) is because the programme consists of a blend of ICT and finance skills which put us in the top tier when applying for jobs in financial services organisations as computer/software literate graduates. This is very important in the financial services industry as many of the fund administration companies aim to improve their automated processes and minimize manual processes. Thus, finance knowledge and a bit of coding skills (Excel Macro, VBA and SQL) is the ideal package.

Mr. WengJin Chow – M Sc in GFIS Graduate 2015-2016 - Analyst, Middle Office & Valuations, Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, Dublin

Professional Intership guide for Students

pdf Internship Guide for Students

Professional Internship guide for Employers

pdf Intership Guide for Employers

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