Graduate Diploma in Finance

For entry into master's degrees in Business Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Risk Management and Financial Regulation

The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university master's degree.

Queen's University Belfast is ranked 7th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (The Times Good University Guide 2014)

Why apply for the graduate diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a highly supportive study environment

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

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What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes You will develop the four key areas of competence in English: reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular emphasis on high-level academic writing skills.
Financial and Economic Strategy This module introduces the financial and economic environment in which organisations must operate and provides a knowledge and understanding of the basic conceptual underpinnings and fundamental principles of microeconomics.
Accounting for Financial
In this module you will be introduced to management and cost accounting and the role of management accounting in the provision of information for organisational planning, control and decision-making.
Financial Econometrics This module provides a grounding in the statistical concepts and methods of data analysis commonly applied in business and finance.
Financial Market Theory
and Investment Analysis
This module gives students an overview of markets and financial institutions and introduces concepts and techniques in market analysis and behaviours.


How will I be assessed?

Entry to all postgraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme. Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.

Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • oral presentations
  • interviews
  • written examinations.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • group project work
  • oral presentations
  • written examinations.


Assured progression

When you complete the Graduate Diploma you will be guaranteed entry to at least one of the master's courses at Queen's University Management School.

This is dependant on:

  • Achieving the required grades in subject modules for your intended degree
  • Achieving the required grades in English for Academic Purposes for your intended degree.

You can download the requirements for the degrees below.

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