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Finance Graduate Diploma

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1 years (Full Time)
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  • Overview

    The Graduate Diploma in Finance is a 3 term, full-time, 120-credit University programme. It is suitable for students who have completed a first degree or diploma in their chosen field of postgraduate study or another subject but whose qualifications may not be sufficient for direct entry to master’s level study. The Diploma is designed to give an introduction to business finance, management, or social sciences through the medium of English. At the same time, participants will be able to improve their ability at English and develop their academic study skills.

    The Graduate Diploma programme has both a
    September and January intake each year.

    The programme is delivered in a university environment
    with the pastoral and language support that is necessary
    to ensure well-being and success, and where the study
    programme is focused on preparation for university

    Finance Degree highlights

    Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway.

    Global Opportunities

    Professional Accreditations

    Professional Exemptions

    Industry Links

    • Guest lectures from local industries enhance learning and help to prepare Graduate Diploma students for the workplace.
    "The teachers at INTO Queen's have nurtured and
    supported me, giving me the ability to think
    independently. When you face learning challenges,
    teachers at INTO are always there to support you. As
    students, we are free to articulate our feelings and
    express our opinions during the classes."
    Huaxin, China, INTO Graduate Diploma student, 2021.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Core ModulesAll candidates are required to take and satisfactorily complete the following compulsory modules to a value of 120 credits:

    - English Language and Study Skills (40 credits)
    - Financial and Economic Strategy (20 credits)
    - Accounting for Financial Management (20 credits)
    - Financial Econometrics (20 credits)
    - Financial Market Theory and Investment Analysis (20 credits)

    People teaching you

    Orla McShane
    Teacher of Accounting, Economics and Finance

    INTO Queen's
    Orla has a background of employment in the finance and education sector, following the completion of a BA (hons) Economics and MSc Finance and Investment. Theoretical knowledge is taught using a variety of innovative resources and activities, that link to the current context of the World Economy. Orla’s area of interest is to adapt the use of more accessible and interactive resources in teaching, to ensure students meet their academic expectations both online and face to face, no matter where they are.

    Vincent Murphy
    Teacher of Accounting

    INTO Queen's
    Vincent has an honours degree in Economics and Accounting, a Masters in Business Strategy and professional examinations of the Association of Certified Accountants. He has over 40 years’ experience lecturing in Financial and Management Accounting at various levels from undergraduate to post-graduate levels alongside 9 years’ experience of training Business and Management teachers. He has been teaching international students for the last 10 years and has an in-depth understanding of best practice in teaching students whose first language is not English.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Typically 4 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Typically 4 hours of tutorials
    Personal Study20 (hours maximum)
    Approximately 20 hours
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial8 (hours maximum)
    8 hours of English Language and Study Skills (maximum 16 students per class)

    Learning and Teaching

    The programme is delivered in a university environment with the language and pastoral support
    that is necessary to ensure well-being and success, and where the work is focused specifically on
    preparation for postgraduate study. Students attend a combination of lectures, workshops and
    practical sessions which compliment each other to ensure that both subject and language module
    learning outcomes are achieved and that skills are developed in accordance with the educational
    aims of the programme.

    • Educational Aims of Programme (1)
      To provide students with a high quality education and learning experience at pre-masters level.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (2)
      To prepare students for entry to a relevant postgraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (3)
      To assist international students to become accustomed to student life in the UK and to provide practical experience of the learning, teaching and assessment methods found in Queen's University Belfast and in other UK universities.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (4)
      To enhance the subject knowledge, learning skills and language proficiency of students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at postgraduate level.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (5)
      To cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work
    • Educational Aims of Programme (6)
      To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous learners.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (7)
      To provide a qualification to facilitate alternative progression routes for those students who either (i) do not meet the entry criteria for progression to postgraduate degree programmes at
      Queen's University Belfast, or (ii) who wish to follow a
      postgraduate course at another university.


    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.

    • Candidates complete formative assessments which include homework or class based exercises which do not count towards final grades, but which aim to help students monitor their learning and improve skills in particular areas, and to give practice for summative assessment.
    • Summative assessments are those that contribute to the final score of a module. Each subject module will have summative assessments by examination and/or by continuous (coursework) assessment. Continuous assessment may take different forms e.g. essays, case study work, written class tests, group work, presentations, portfolios or oral tests. There may be one or more continuous assessment component for any module.


    Students are given feedback on formative coursework that assists them with their learning.

    • Students can expect to receive a provisional grade and an overview of their performance in all summative assessed coursework.


    During this Graduate Diploma programme, students will study at the INTO Queen's Study Centre – located on the University's inspiring campus. Students will benefit
    from excellent facilities, a dedicated support team and
    university-style teaching to prepare them for university.
    There are excellent facilities at the INTO centre,

    - Modern classrooms with the latest technology
    - Lots of spaces for quiet reading, studying and group
    - The student support team, who can help you with any
    - The Learning Resource Centre
    - Cafe Carberry, for snacks and refreshments.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution or Higher Education Diploma (3-5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution. Applicants must have previously studied modules in either statistics, mathematics, finance, economics or calculus with good grades.

    Selection Criteria

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Employment after the Course
    Graduate Diploma students have full access to 'MyFuture', an online career management system at Queen's, which helps students to improve their employability and explore career options by degree and sector. The Into Queen's Progression team also encourage students to avail of free subject webinars and are readily available to offer advice and support. Students may also attend guest lectures, where local companies may provide product demonstrations, discuss consumer behaviour, monthly budgets, and other topics of interest, relevant to all Business, Management and Finance students.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards

    Students who successfully complete the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 Commissioned - no fee / Non-commissioned £9,215**
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 TBC**
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250**
    EU Other 3 TBC**
    International £17,400**

    **All fee payers (non-commissioned students) must pay an additional clinical placement charge of £3,000 in each year of study.


    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Finance costs

    Additional Costs:

    Other Fees:
    (Lab, Book, Insurance etc)

    Enrolment Fee: £150.00
    Textbooks (3 term): £280.00
    Textbooks (4 term): £360.00

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    1. How to Apply
    INTO Contact details:
    Email: or call UK application enquiries: +44 (0)1273 876 040

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