Business Studies

Understanding how organisations, business units and departments manage their finances is plainly of critical importance to a successful career. Many people know that they would benefit from instruction in the key accounting principles and processes at the heart of organisational life. The Diploma in Financial Management is a one-year, part-time programme that gives students a solid grounding in these principles and processes. It seeks to give students confidence in core accounting techniques and in financial management.

Diploma in Financial Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Distance learning supported by weekend seminars.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. Students applying for the BBS (Hons) must have passed the Mathematics paper.

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

Level 7 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,750 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

Progression

Students can progress to the second stage of the BBS (Hons) – Accounting on completion of a bridging programme.

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The Programme

Understanding how organisations, business units and departments manage their finances is plainly of critical importance to a successful career. Many people know that they would benefit from instruction in the key accounting principles and processes at the heart of organisational life. The Diploma in Financial Management is a one-year, part-time programme that gives students a solid grounding in these principles and processes. It seeks to give students confidence in core accounting techniques and in financial management.

Is This Programme for you?

This programme appeals to students who would like to be competent in the essential components of accountancy and finance. It will attract students who work, or would like to work, in financial services and business management. 

Subjects
Financial Accounting – Fundamentals

This course explains the key principles and techniques of financial accounting. Students will learn about different accounting systems, the purpose of accounting records, and the preparation and analysis of profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and income and expenditure accounts.

Financial Accounting – Reporting

This course examines the financial statements prepared for interested parties outside the organisation. Students will address the financial accounts of limited companies, tangible and intangible assets, taxation, cash flow, post-balance sheet events and earnings per share.

Cost Accounting

Cost accounting helps managers see the cost of business operations and thus make informed decisions. This course explores the main principles and processes of cost accounting, including budgeting, absorption and marginal costing and basic standard costing.

Financial Management

This course provides students with a clear understanding of standard accounting techniques and the proper management of an organisation’s finances. Designed for those with no background in accounting, it addresses, among other things, double-entry book-keeping, how profits are measured and the regulations governing financial statements and disclosure.

Assessment

Students complete assignments over the course of the year and sit examinations in all four subjects.

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