GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Finance and Economics (Level 8)

Code: GA185 Level: 8 Code: GA175 Level: 7

Bachelor of Business in Finance (Level 7)

Why study Finance and Economics? Graduates with Finance, Economics and Big Data skills are in high demand here in Ireland and overseas. This degree offers graduates a direct pathway into a full-time career working in financial services or economics. This also opens up opportunities in a range of business careers including financial planning and management consulting. Upon completion of the Level 8 degree, graduates can also sit for the following two professional qualifications, based on the core content mastered in their degree programme, giving them a distinct advantage when looking for employment: • Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) accredited by the Institute of Banking • Claritas Investment Certificate run by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute What will I study? Year 1: • Computer Applications • Microeconomics • Financial Accounting 1 • Management Principles and Business Environment • Learning and Innovation Skills • Human Resource Management • Introduction to Entrepreneurship Elective: • French • German • Spanish • Irish • Academic Writing Year 2: • Business Information Systems • Business Communications • Introduction to Marketing • Management Accounting 1

What are my career opportunities? Principal career opportunities for graduates include:

• Finance and investment roles • Data analytics

• Financial advisory roles • Business analyst roles

• Accountancy roles • Economic research roles

Follow-on Studies Upon successfully completing Year 3 in Bachelor of Business in Finance (Level 7) students can then apply internally for Year 4, Bachelor of Business (Honours) Finance and Economics. GMIT Honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry across a wide range of business specialisms.

Student experience

Simone Hanbury Smaller classes helped me to build relationships with the lecturers and when starting a new career made making a relationship with future management and other professionals easier. A standout benefit of studying at GMIT is the data analytic modules. Software programmes such as, Power BI, SQL and Rstudios gives a GMIT student an edge

over their peers. All in all, studying at GMIT really helped me in getting my ideal job as a Bank Executive for the Registry of Credit Unions at the Central Bank of Ireland.

• Statistics for Business • Organisational Behaviour • Business Start-Up • Financial Accounting 2 • Intermediate Macroeconomics • Business Law and Legal Studies

• Human Resource Development • Applied Principles of Marketing • Business Law and Legal Studies • Management Accounting 2 Year 3: • Quantitative Techniques • Financial Management 1 - Managerial Finance • Financial Services 1 - Loans and Life Assurance • Irish Taxation Environment • Business Analytics • Operations Management

Angelo Johnson The skills I developed in GMIT have really helped me within my current role as a financial analyst with HID Global. I am responsible for revenue reporting, sales forecasting and trend analysis of all transactions that occur within my division. I have daily interactions with other business areas such as channel sales and production, in order to develop

• New Venture Planning • International Economic Policy • Financial Management 2 - Investment Decisions • Business Ethics and Corporate Governance • Financial Services 2 - Pensions and Regulations

effective strategies to meet company objectives/growth initiatives. A lot of the data driven tasks I undertake mirror some of the coursework I completed in GMIT. I also make use of the accounting principles taught by lecturers when looking at P&L statements. The life skills I gained from the course have also been of huge benefit to me. In third and final year we had to present nearly every week so when I am presenting a deck (a short presentation) I no longer feel the pressure and I am confident in my ability to explain complex information in a simple and effective manner. GMIT equipped me with the skills I needed to secure a job within a highly competitive industry. Lecturers gave great advice regarding interview techniques, and the Career’s Centre and CV clinics were also a massive help.

Elective: • New Venture Creation • Digital Business Year 4: • Research Methods

• Global Financial and Capital Markets • International Monetary Policy • Intermediate Microeconomics • Financial Services 3 - Investment and Planning • Research Project

• Strategic Management • Irish Economic Policy • Financial Management 3 - Corporate Finance • Irish Taxation Theory and Policy • Data Analytics & Econometrics

Places 60

Duration 3/4 years

School of Business

Campus Galway

Remember – this degree offers you flexibility. You can switch to another degree (Marketing & Sales, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Business Information Systems or Business) during your time in college. See page 71 for details.

Talk to us: Marie Finnegan, Programme Chair Tel: +353 91 742473 | E-mail: marie.finnegan@gmit.ie

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