In Brief

Programme Date Programme Date:
12 April 2023
Location:
In Person
Duration: Duration:
7 months
Facilitated Workshops: Facilitated Workshops:
7 (21 days)
Seniority: Seniority:
Middle to Senior
Non-member fee: Non-member fee:
€10,500
Member fee: Member fee:
€9,500
SME fee: SME fee:
€10,000

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    Facilitated Workshops

    This Spring, all of our Professional Diplomas will be delivered in-person at the IMI Campus to facilitate the best learning experience for participants. We will facilitate a hybrid delivery option should you require it.

     

    Dates are as follows:

    12, 13 & 14 April 2023

    24, 25 & 26 May 2023

    05, 06 & 07 July 2023

    27, 28 & 29 September 2023

    25, 26 & 27 October 2023

    06, 07, 08 December 2023

    18, 19 January

     

    Entry Requirements

    A candidate’s eligibility for each Professional Diploma or the Professional Master of Business Studies will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.

    A primary degree from a recognised third-level institution (NFQ level 8), with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, will typically be required with five years relevant work experience, at least 3 of which must be at managerial level, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

    This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at a management level or in the area specifically related to the Diploma.

    Each candidate will meet with the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person virtually or physically.

    The IMI Office of the Registrar will oversee all applications, and the final decision on any application shall remain 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 or equivalent as specified here. The English language requirement when using IELTS is a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual section or equivalent.

    Why choose this programme?

    Do you want to find the facts behind the figures?

    IMI’s Professional Diploma in Business Finance will allow you to understand, interpret and contribute to your organisation’s financial planning and strategy.

    You will work with experienced finance specialists and business practitioners to develop knowledge and competence in key areas of finance.

    This programme is for you if…

    You want to equip yourself with the tools and
    terms needed to contribute fully to financial discussions with your professional colleagues.

    Programme Director

    Cormac is a chartered accountant with experience in industry, banking and corporate finance in both Ireland and continental Europe who has previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rabobank Frankfurt and the Department of Justice. He is the author of Plan B - How Leaving the Euro Can Save Ireland and a co-author of The Business Compass - Perspectives on Business Ethics, and writes weekly columns on economics in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times. Cormac has also worked in Irish government as special advisor to the deputy prime minister (Tánaiste).
    Cormac Lucey
    Cormac is a chartered accountant with experience in industry, banking and corporate finance in both Ireland and continental Europe who has previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rabobank Frankfurt and the Department of Justice. He is the author of Plan B - How Leaving the Euro Can Save Ireland and a co-author of The Business Compass - Perspectives on Business Ethics, and writes weekly columns on economics in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times. Cormac has also worked in Irish government as special advisor to the deputy prime minister (Tánaiste).

    You can look forward to:

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    Case study analysis

    You will discuss real-life case studies relating to business finance.

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    Input from specialist practitioners

    You can expect expert input from practitioners in areas like venture capital, acquisition strategy, cash management and treasury.

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    Networking with a diverse class group

    You will work closely with your class colleagues in team activities and organised study groups and will leave the programme with a valuable network of business contacts.

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    Extra tutorials and personal feedback

    This is to ensure that any difficulties you may encounter on the programme are addressed and overcome.

    Programmes themes

    Financial analysis and evaluating corporate performance
    • Understand your organisation’s key financial statements: income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
    • Critically examine financial statements and learn how to assess company performance analysis.
    Accounts management
    • Learn what drives costs and about the different costing systems that are appropriate to organisations of varying operational complexity.
    • Enhance your ability to make costing and management decisions, including recommendations for restructuring.
    • Use costing to determine whether your organisation should produce a product or service internally, or buy it in from an external source.
    Budgeting and business planning
    • Understand the key strategic and financial elements of a good business plan and deploy them in practice.
    • Appreciate the similarities and differences of budgets and business plans.
    Investment appraisal
    • Explore how to assess investment proposals.
    • Enhance your ability to deliver greater shareholder value and divisional financial performance through investment decisions that boost shareholder value.
    • Learn how to optimise the management of working capital.
    Capital markets and valuation
    • Learn how to apply financial practices such as discounted cash flow and the capital asset pricing model to value any company.
    • Apply the factors that drive corporate valuation to better boost the value of your own organisation.
    Business finance capstone
    • Communicate your financial knowledge and acumen through enhanced report writing and verbal skills.
    • Explore research methodologies to best assess financial performance in a variety of contexts.

    Key takeaways

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    Financial Vocabulary

    Develop a financial vocabulary and deal comfortably with finance questions as they arise on the job.

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    Strategic Conversations

    Talk at the highest levels. Understand all major financial topics as they relate to the practical day-to-day activity of your business.

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    Decision Making

    Analyse, understand and leverage value out of financial accounts. Project budgets, analyse capital expenditure decisions and critically examine corporate finance transactions.

    What our graduates say

    Peter Lagan
    The Professional Diploma in Business Finance was extremely comprehensive and has greatly increased my knowledge of finance. I would highly recommend it to any business people from a non-finance background.
    Peter Lagan
    Director, Lagan Investments Ltd

    Related Programmes

    If you're interested in the Professional Diploma in Business Finance, you may also be interested in our other diploma in our 'Management Capabilities' suite.