Grad.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Finance

INTO Queen's University Belfast, Queen's University Belfast

Application deadline: We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available
Tuition fee:
  • £ 13,850 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,850 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 9 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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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 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 3: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


  • January Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 2: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
Term 3: Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 28 Aug 2015



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.


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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