Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services

  • Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions - Postgrad pages
  • 1 Year Part-time (2 evenings per week, 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year)
  • Carlow, Wexford
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


This Higher Diploma in International Financial Services is designed to provide participants with specific knowledge of fund administration, project management, data analysis and reporting within the financial sector. It will give participants the tools they need to understand the fundamentals of this international industry and the various roles that offer employment within it. This course is designed to appeal to those who are looking to re-skill or up-skill to gain employment in the International Financial Services Sector.

The applied nature of this course is reflected in the combination of project management and data analysis alongside accounting and administration modules which focus on developing the student’s knowledge of the International Financial Services Sector, fund management and all the regulatory requirements nationally, at EU level and at international levels. All participants will improve their knowledge, numeracy skills, IT skills and commercial awareness of the industry.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?  

On completion of this course, students will have knowledge and understanding of the international financial services industry. The course will also develop their intellectual and practical skills via the analysis and evaluation of funds administration, project management, data analytics and compliance.

What subjects will I study ?

  • Mutual Fund Accounting
  • Hedge Fund Accounting
  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Financial Services
  • Project Management and Communications
  • Data Analysis and Risk
  • Work-based Research Project

Entry Requirements

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

Study & Career Opportunities

This course will give graduates the basis and maturity to proceed to the Master of Business or other masters course related to the Financial Services Sector, depending on their general business experience.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWL23 Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services Carlow Part-time €2,500 Full details available on the Admissions pages
CWX14 Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services Wexford Part-time; €2,500 Full details available on the Admissions pages

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!

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


John Trehy
MScComm, BComm
Lifelong Learning Manager
P: 059 917 5293
E: john.trehy@itcarlow.ie