Graduate Diploma in Finance

For entry into master's degrees in Business Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Risk Management and Financial Regulation

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality-assured university programme

What is special about the programme?

The Graduate Diploma in Finance is a full-time academic programme that prepares you for direct entry to selected Master's courses at Queen's University Belfast. This programme will give you the opportunity to improve your language skills in preparation for postgraduate study, increase your knowledge of academic theory and improve your understanding of key academic subjects. It will also allow you to develop the necessary research skills for postgraduate study and gain an understanding of the UK education system.

You will also benefit from:

  • 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

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

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 ideal for those that would benefit from a period of English language study to enhance their language skills required for academic study or those that need to improve their language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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.


Progression to Queen's University Belfast

If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Finance and meet the specified progression requirements for entry to your selected degree, you may proceed to postgraduate study at Queen's University Belfast.

How do I qualify?


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 previously studied modules or courses in statistics, mathematics, finance, economics or calculus with good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

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

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

Please note that in addition to the UKVI IELTS, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications for this course. Check which other qualifications we accept.

When can I start?


Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 Start (3 terms) Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
Term 2:
Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017
Term 3:
Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017
September 2017 Start (3 terms) Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2:
Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3:
Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018
January 2018 Start (3 terms) Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 2:
Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018
Term 3: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

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 £270 per academic course


Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following master's degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

Queen's University Management School

MSc Accounting and Finance

MSc Economics

MSc Finance

International MBA

MSc Risk Investment Management

Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
MSc Construction and Project Management

Queen's University Belfast is ranked 3rd in the UK for Accounting and Finance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)