Postgrad.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Finance

INTO Queen's University Belfast | Queen's University Belfast | Belfast, United Kingdom
For entry into Masters 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 masters degree.
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For entry into Masters 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 masters 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

Course length: 3 terms (9 months)

September Start (3 terms)

  • Term 1: Mon 21 Sep 2015 to Fri 18 Dec 2015
  • Term 2: Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016
  • Term 3: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016
  • £14,265

January Start (3 terms)

  • Term 1: Mon 11 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016
  • Term 2: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016
  • Term 3: Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 26 Aug 2016
  • £14,265

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14265 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.


Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic course ;
  • text books and other learning materials - an additional charge in the region of £260 per academic course
Start date , January 2017
Duration full-time 9 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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 Management

  • 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 masters 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.


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.

English Language Requirements


IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution.


Higher Education Diploma (3 - 5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

You must have studied modules or courses in one of statistics, mathematics, finance, economics or calculus with good grades.

Applicants wishing to progress to the MSc International Business must have an undergraduate degree in Business or Management which is acceptable to Queen’s University Management School.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Please note: for visa purposes, students requiring a Tier 4 visa must have IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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