MTU Business Academy

Certificate in

Regulated Investment Funds

Department of Accounting & Information Systems

Certificate in Regulated Investment Funds

Programme Details

In Brief

Department & School

Department of Accounting & Information Systems

Location

MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork

Mode of Study

Part-time

Method of Delivery

Online

Duration

1 Year

Commencement Date

September 2024

Course Fee

€1,500

Credits

20 ECTS

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Certificate in Regulated Investment Funds - MTU Business Academy

Enquiries

Aisling O'Mahony
asiling.omahony@mtu.ie
+353 (0) 21 433 5040

What To Expect

Certificate in Regulated Investment Funds, a consortium bid between SETU and MTU, will be taught over one academic year and its aim is to enable participants to:

  • Prepare investment fund financial statements and NAV calculations for a variety of fund types.
  • Interpret the principles and provenance of investment fund regulation.
  • Discuss the role of governance in the oversight of investment funds.

The programme will be delivered online, one evening per week. Candidates will receive practical training in Excel, Eikon and portfolio selection techniques. The programme will provide candidates with insights into some of the core elements of the operation of regulated investment funds in Ireland.

Modules

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The financial sector has performed well during the Covid period, however, it is a sector where educational attainment is extremely important with 80% of those employed having a third level qualification (National Skills Bulletin 2021). The Ireland for Finance 2025 strategy notes that it is important to advance coordination between industry and third-level institutions to support the development of skills and innovation in financial services. As WIT and MTU have previously collaborated with industry on a separate level 9 Masters qualification in this field, which has been funded under HCI pillar 3, key relationships already exist with industry partners and the requisite skills, resources and expertise to deliver this programme are in place.
In the South East, there is a strong demand for individuals with skills in fund administration. Indeed, in an October 2021 Summary of Demand from Industry for Skills in the financial services sector (SE Regional Skills, 2021), the roles in demand include: risk & compliance professionals, fund accountant and associate accounting roles. In the same report, employers identified skills shortages and a need to upskill staff in the following disciplines: fund accounting, regulation, risk & compliance, presentation skills and intermediate Excel. This certificate will provide graduates with the skills to access these types of roles.

Ireland’s South-West region is home to approximately 40 international financial services companies, employing upwards of 3500 people, with the investment fund and asset management sector undergoing huge growth (Cork Chamber, 2021). However, there is a dearth of funds education in the South West and often a lack of industry awareness among undergraduates and recent graduates. Industry partners have expressed a difficulty in attracting and retaining talent we believe that by creating this certificate as a gateway to the funds industry for recent graduates and others looking to up-skill, we will improve job readiness and enhance the attractiveness of participants to these thriving industry partners.

Applications

The minimum entry requirements for students to be accepted on the Certificate (Level 8) in Regulated Investment Funds are as follows:

a) Applicants must hold at least a Level 7 qualification in business/finance/economics/IT
b) Students holding a non-business/IT honours degree of the type listed above are eligible to apply. Applicants may be asked to attend an advising interview. These applicants will need to provide evidence that they possess numeracy and IT skills.
c) Students without a Level 7 qualification may qualify under RPL as per WIT or MTU (as appropriate) academic guidelines on RPL.
d) International students must meet the WIT or MTU (as appropriate) requirements for postgraduates in IELTS or equivalent. This programme resides in the School of Business of both institutions (this can be important when determining the appropriate English language competency criteria to apply).

Course Fee: €1,500

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Aisling O’Mahony
asiling.omahony@mtu.ie
+353 (0) 21 433 5040

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