Higher Diploma in Business in Financial Services in Insurance & Risk

  • Higher Diploma in Business in Finance Services in Insurance & Risk
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgradaduate pages
  • 1 YEAR - Part-time

  • Carlow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
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This Higher Diploma aims to provide suitable candidates with the knowledge, competencies and skills necessary to work and succeed in the general insurance industry at a provider (insurer) and advisor (broker) level. The programme will provide students with expertise in the areas of Risk, Underwriting, Principles of Insurance, Financial Regulation, Ethics, Personal Lines Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Specialist Products and Claims.

What will I be able to do when I finish this course?

On completion of this programme, students will have knowledge and understanding of the insurance industry and have further developed their intellectual and practical skills via the analysis and evaluation of the insurance process. Graduates can seek employment in many types of businesses including international insurance, reinsurance and insurance broking firms, risk management departments of major corporations, investment and retail banks, regulatory authorities, climate change planning and many other fields.

What subjects will I study ?

  • The Fundamentals of Insurance
  • Personal Lines Insurance
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Work Based Research Project
  • Theory and Practice of Risk Prevention,
  • Control and Underwriting
  • Theory and Practice of Claims Handling,
  • Assessment and Loss Adjustment

Entry Requirements

Applicants require an NFQ Level 7 or 8 major award or equivalent, for entry to this programme. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the Institute policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). IT Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

This programme provides the necessary knowledge for those who wish to pursue the Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) and the Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP). Following the programme, students can also continue to pursue further qualifications as a member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland (III). These opportunities include: a Management Diploma in Insurance (MDI), a CII Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) and a Fellowship of the CII (FCII).

The programme also provides an entry route to other postgraduate business related programmes up to and including Level 9 Masters programmes.

Exam information 

Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2018. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2019.


Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWL25 Higher Diploma in Business in Financial Services in Insurance & Risk Carlow Part-time €2,500 Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate section

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!
  4. Institute of Technology Carlow are not accepting students onto this programme at present.

For admissions queries, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.



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