IMI Diploma in Business Finance

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The IMI Diploma in Business Finance will give you the confidence and skills required to participate in decision-making at the highest level, and to work effectively with your finance colleagues. On the programme you will work with experienced finance specialists and business practitioners to develop knowledge and competence in the key areas of finance.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 11.11.2014
  • Modules: 6
Fee (Corporate Member) Fee (Non Member)
€7,890 €9,950

Early Bird Discount: We are pleased to offer an early registration discount of €500 on our Master of Business Autumn Programmes.  Offer ends 31 July 2014.

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Next programme start dates: 11, 12, 13 November 2014

Module 1: 11, 12, 13 November 2014

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2014

Module 3: 20, 21, 22 January 2015

Module 4: 17, 18, 19 February 2015

Module 5: 10, 11, 12 March 2015

Module 6: 07, 08, 09 April 2015

A feature of this programme is that it will be tailored to the participants’ needs while covering areas that are common to all areas of business finance:

Financial analysis and evaluating financial performance

  • Financial Statements
  • Company Performance Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis, Business Strategy and Non-Financial Performance Measures
  • Applied Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Broker’s reports
  • Bankers’ perspectives
  • Assessment of accounting policies


Management accounts

  • Cost Analysis
  • Costing Systems
  • Costing and Management Decisions
  • Restructuring Recommendation


Budgeting & business planning

  • Analysis of Economic Background
  • Business Plan
  • Multi-Period Budget
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Budget Variances
  • Evaluation of Leverage Position


Investment appraisal

  • Investment Proposals
  • Shareholder Value
  • Divisional Financial Performance
  • Management of Working Capital


Capital markets & valuation

  • Company Valuation Methods
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Cost of Capital
  • Management Buy-Out


Business Finance Capstone

  • Report writing skills
  • Research Methodologies
Learning objectives

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Introduce you to all aspects of the financial world with a particular focus on current developments
  • Equip you with the skills and competences needed to fully understand the financial dynamics of your business and the sector it operates in
  • Give you the financial tools and templates to drive the management of your business.
  • Participants will work together as a single group to explore concepts and ideas of common interest, but will also be streamed into seperate SME and non-SME groups to apply the learning to their own unique organisational setting
Approach and methodology

The programme has been developed and designed using the most up to date executive development techniques and approaches. Sessions include:

  • Lecture-style sessions to ensure full understanding of theoretical and technical aspects
  • Business templates and analytical financial models (e.g. to analyse a published set of accounts, to value a business)
  • Case discussions
  • Group breakout sessions
  • Input from practitioners in specialised areas such as venture capital, acquisition strategy, cash management and treasury to ensure that classroom concepts are fully explored in a practical Irish and International context
  • Application of analytical financial tools
  • Extra tutorials and personal feedback to ensure that any emerging difficulties encountered on the programme are addressed and overcome
  • Particpant presentations examining specific financial decisions

The key emphasis throughout is on the application of financial concepts to managerial decision-making. There is constant support and back up both from the programme director in the form of extra tutorials and feedback, but also from your colleagues on the programme through the group-work structures.

The programme adopts a modular structure. Between modules much of the work is done with the support of your study group, and the programme is designed to facilitate your on-going priority commitments to your job.

The diploma is awarded to participants who achieve the required standard in terms of total marks. Marks are awarded on the basis of:

  • Individual projects
  • Value initiatives which participants take back to their organisations
  • Small-group work on lecture days and between modules
  • Case studies and reports
  • Written tests
  • Presentations
Payment Options

For 2014, the IMI offers promotional rates and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2014 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our Diploma participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI Diploma by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance by January 13th 2015. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

Loan Packages

Short term loan packages are now available to facilitate payment for MoB programmes. Eligibility for these loans will be determined by our financial partner.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership
contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of eleven IMI Diploma Programmes.

By completing any two IMI Diplomas and a Business Research Project within a five year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred the title ‘Master of Business’. The Master of Business and its constituent IMI Diplomas are accredited and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

Master of Business Degree diagram

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the suite of eleven IMI Diploma programmes.
  • Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing.*
  • Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project.

…And you’re there!


A key feature of the Master of Business (MoB) is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the three MoB steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all three steps and attain the MoB.

Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the MoB in two years, or within up to five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI’s MoB is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the MoB, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefit from your participation.

Who is eligible?

If you have earned a Level 9 award from another academic institution, or if you completed an IMI Diploma since October 2008, you may be considered eligible to proceed directly to the second stage of the MoB.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact or ring 1800 22 33 88.

The IMI Diploma in Business Finance is a postgraduate level qualification. Therefore, a primary degree or equivalent work experience is a pre-requisite.

Successful participants will be awarded the IMI Diploma in Business Finance.

This qualification is accredited and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

The IMI Diploma in Business Finance is academically equivalent to a Postgraduate Certificate (level 9) Minor Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

By completing this award, you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the IMI Master of Business qualification.


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Next programme start dates: 11, 12, 13 November 2014

Module 1: 11, 12, 13 November 2014

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2014

Module 3: 20, 21, 22 January 2015

Module 4: 17, 18, 19 February 2015

Module 5: 10, 11, 12 March 2015

Module 6: 07, 08, 09 April 2015

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