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Studying a MSc in Finance at NCI

August 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Our Chinese Student Ambassador Kun Qian discusses embarking on a master’s programme in Finance at the National College of Ireland. Here she shares the module breakdown as well as some tips on getting through it and what to expect…

I was honoured to win a full scholarship to study MSc in Finance at National College of Ireland.
The full-time course takes one academic year, which consists of three semesters and each semester is 13 weeks long. Term starts in mid-September and runs through to final exams in August.

“For those of you who are considering pursuing a master’s degree in Ireland but finding it intimidating, read my lips – Go. For. It! The college provides all sorts of support to help you to succeed.”

There are 13 modules in total and which semester these are covered in depends on whether you are a full-time or part-time student. The modules studied are as follows:

  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Asset Valuation
  • Quantitative Analysis in Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Management

  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Applied Security Analysis
  • Ethics and Governance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Managing in the Financial Environment
  • Research Project

The first semester is relatively light on modules in comparison to semesters two and three but nevertheless, my advice is to learn these subjects as well as you can as they are the foundations for the following semesters. Otherwise you may find you struggle later on.

“The International Office here at NCI do everything they can to make sure that you settle in well. There are also various learning support workshops and clubs to help you with anything you need to improve, be it academic writing, skills development or math lab.”

One distinct difference around results are that they are not only composed of the exams marks, like in China. They also include continuous assessments and assignment or project grades. As the name “continuous assessments” suggest, these assess the progress you are making over a period of time. So cramming for exams is not the approach you should adopt as you might do in China. You are better to keep pace with the lecturers (if not get ahead). This practice can also help to eliminate the overwhelming anxiety right before exams as hopefully by that stage you’ll be in a perfect position where you’ve already learned everything you need for the subjects!

You might hear people talk about time management constantly as one of the most needed skills when studying a master’s programme. However, things don’t always happen according to plan, no matter how good your intentions are! What I do to deal with this is to start working on assignments as early as possible so I won’t panic about not having enough time as the deadlines approach.

“Taking on a master’s is not an easy task and it requires lots of hard work… but it’s totally worth your while.”

For those of you who are considering pursuing a master’s degree in Ireland but finding it intimidating, read my lips – Go. For. It! The college provides all sorts of support to help you to succeed. The International Office here at NCI do everything they can to make sure that you settle in well. There are also various learning support workshops and clubs to help you with anything you need to improve, be it academic writing, skills development or math lab.

Taking on a master’s is not an easy task and it requires lots of hard work. Once you go through it, however, you would find that it’s not as difficult as it may seem and it’s totally worth your while. You will feel accomplished for the challenges you’ve conquered!

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