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.

Who This Programme Is For

  • Managers with a non-financial background who increasingly have to make decisions with important financial consequences.
  • Senior specialist managers who are moving into general management roles and need to broaden their skills base.
  • SME owners, general managers, divisional managers, chief executives.
  • Non-financial members of a team (e.g. those responsible for sales, marketing, production, operations, IT, human resources or strategy).
  • Any member of a team who is responsible for participating in business decisions.

Pathway Options

 Masters in Business Practice



  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 25 November 2019
  • Modules: 6
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IMI Diploma in Business Finance

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Programme Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 25, 26, 27 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 13, 14, 15 January 2020

Module 4: 10, 11, 12 February 2020

Module 5: 9, 10, 11 March 2020

Module 6: 6, 7, 8 April 2020

Final Days: 18, 19 May 2020



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

This programme will equip you to deal comfortably with finance questions as they arise on the job. Upon successfully completing the programme you will have the tools and be equipped to deal with all major financial topics as they relate to the practical day-to-day activity of your business.

You will have the tools to analyse and understand financial accounts. You will be able to prepare business plans and their associated budget projections and to analyse capital expenditure decisions and critically examine corporate finance transactions.


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 2019, 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 2019 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our IMI 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 before the start of your fourth module.

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.

Reflective Integrated Assignment

Completion of the MBS in Business Practice pathway is contingent on participants completing the RIA (5 credits) capstone assignment. Guidance is offered through a compulsory one-day facilitated workshop and ongoing support and access to the IMI Knowledge Centre is also provided at a cost of €650. Payment is due on acceptance of Diploma three.

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


*Pricing subject to change

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of fourteen IMI Diploma Programmes and BRP.

By completing either of the four pathways below within a five year timeframe, you will earn the required amount of credits to be conferred the title ‘MSc or MBS in Business Practice’, ‘MSc in Data Business or ‘MSc in Digital Business’. The IMI Masters of Business Framework is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.


How does it work?

Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the IMI’s suite of fifteen IMI Diploma programmes.
Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing achieving an overall grade average of 2.1.
Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project or a third IMI Diploma of your choosing and a Reflective Integrated Assignment (RIA).

Separate to their individual pathways, it must be noted that the IMI Diploma in Data Business Part 1 or the IMI Diploma in Digital Business Part 1 can be taken as the first, second or third diploma in the journey towards an MSc in Business Practice or MBS in Business Practice.


A key feature of the IMI MoB Framework is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all required steps and attain the Masters. Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the taught element of the IMI MoB Framework in as little as 18 months. You must complete all elements of the IMI MoB Framework within five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI MoB Framework is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the programme, 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 benefits from your participation.

Who is eligible?

Participants are required to provide evidence of relevant work-based learning at a management level and / or should hold a relevant academic qualification at primary degree level.

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

A candidate’s suitability for the programme will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and / or relevant professional experience. Each applicant will be firstly required to comprehensively complete the IMI “Portfolio of Learning” form. A primary degree from a recognised third level institution (NFQ level 8) will typically be required with at least 3 years relevant industry experience, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement. Alternatively, at least 5 years relevant experience at an appropriate managerial level is the requirement where the degree is not in the appropriate area. This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at management level.

Each proposed candidate will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person or by phone. The IMI Registrar’s Office will oversee all applications and the final decision on any application rests with the Registrar. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The English language requirement for this programme is an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Successful participants will be awarded both the IMI Diploma in Business Finance and the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Business Finance. The Postgraduate Certificate qualification is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork and is a Level 9, Minor Award on National Framework of Qualifications. By completing this programme you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the Master of Business qualification.


Programme Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 25, 26, 27 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 13, 14, 15 January 2020

Module 4: 10, 11, 12 February 2020

Module 5: 9, 10, 11 March 2020

Module 6: 6, 7, 8 April 2020

Final Days: 18, 19 May 2020

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