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Professional Academy Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers

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Develop your practical understanding of business finance and become a financially fluent manager with a Professional Course in Finance for Non-Financial Managers. As you transition into management roles, up your game when it comes to dealing with financial concepts and using financial insights to make sound business decisions.

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Browse our upcoming live online classes or on campus, or study on demand. Download your brochure to learn more.

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Start Today – 100% Self Paced Learning

On Demand
  • 100% self-paced learning
  • Complete in 18 weeks or fewer (avg 6 weeks)
  • Attend optional live Q&A sessions
  • €1500, €1,200 with discount code

Starts 17 Jan — Ends 20 Mar 24

Part-time / evening
  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 10 weeks: Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700, €1,360 with discount code

Starts 21 Mar — Ends 06 Jun 24

Part-time / evening
  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 10 weeks: Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700, €1,360 with discount code

Starts 17 Jan — Ends 20 Mar 24

Part-time / evening
  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 10 weeks: Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700, €1,360 with discount code

Starts 21 Mar — Ends 06 Jun 24

Part-time / evening
  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 10 weeks: Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700, €1,360 with discount code

Start Today – 100% Self Paced Learning

On Demand
  • 100% self-paced learning
  • Complete in 18 weeks or fewer (avg 6 weeks)
  • Attend optional live Q&A sessions
  • €1500, €1,200 with discount code

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments. Flexible payment options available. (Excludes On Demand courses)

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted certification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible learning options

Finance for Non Financial Managers Course Modules

Have you recently moved into a management role? This practical and accessible course covers the key concepts you will need in your management role, including how finance affects every layer of an organisation, how reporting works, and how to interpret financial figures. It will give you the confidence to communicate knowledgeably at any level and use financial reports and insights to improve outcomes for your organisation.

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1. Financial Accounting Function & Concepts

Explore the function of accounting and the conceptual models that underpin the financial function.

  • Accounting constructs
  • Context of accounting in business

2. Financial Statements

Study the statutory financial statements - their use, importance, and function. Understand the legal and regulatory framework that guide their preparation and distribution.

  • Balance sheet
  • Profit & Loss account
  • Statement of changes to equity
  • Cash flow statements

3. Cash Flow Statement

Examine the cash flow statement in depth and explore its purpose in illuminating the financial affairs of a firm.

  • The importance of cash flow
  • Managing cash flow

4. Budgeting

Learn the importance of budgeting and investigate budgeting techniques.

  • Short term planning and control
  • Budgeting methods
  • Budgeting tools

5. Investment Appraisal

Review investment appraisal techniques and discover their application in investment decision-making.

  • Making strategic decisions
  • Non-discounted cash flow
  • Discounted cash flow
  • Evaluating investment and capital expenditure

6. Working Capital Management

Define working capital and its role in achieving an organisation’s strategic objectives.

  • Managing working capital
  • Methods and techniques

7. Interpreting Financial Statements

Learn to interpret the financial statements and derive insights into an organisation’s performance.

  • Ratio analysis
  • Categories of ratios
  • Limitations of ratios as a tool

8. Capital Structure

Identify the different funding structures of organisations and assess the relative merits of debt and equity in the funding mix.

  • Financing operations
  • Funding methods: debt vs. equity

9. Costing

Explain the different costing techniques used by firms and appraise the benefits of breakeven analysis.

  • Costing methods
  • Breakeven analysis

10. Company Valuations

Learn to determine the different methods of valuing a firm including non-trading entities.

  • Valuation methods and techniques

What our Alumni Say

The Professional Academy Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers helped me build up basic financial concepts and knowledge. Reading financial statements has always been challenging for me. I've learned how to measure a company's performance from a financial perspective, as well as how to make an investment decision.

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

The Professional Academy Diploma in Finance for Non Financial Managers was a very productive and rewarding experience for me. I found the course extremely beneficial for my professional growth. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to deeply understand the financial statements, to expand my knowledge and acquire new skills in the sector.

Studying for a Professional Academy Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers was a really positive experience from start to finish. Much more interactive than I would have expected. I was very impressed with how the material was delivered and got what I was expecting from the course. It’s a great base to have gotten in a short period of time.

The Professional Academy Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers was very well put together. This course provided exactly what it says on the tin - skills and knowledge in finance, being able to translate and read reports and have meaningful conversations with colleagues. I would definitely recommend it.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

You do not need to have any prior financial experience as this course will give you a strong foundation in business finances. It is ideal for early to mid-career managers in any area of the organisation.

You may be:

• Someone looking to apply for a management role

• Someone in a management role

• A business owner or entrepreneur

• A recent graduate

How will this course help with my career?

In management, career advancement depends on results. The importance of good financial management in business cannot be overstated, as without it even long-established businesses will fail. You need to be someone who makes insight-driven decisions and can see the bigger picture. A successful track record will be vital as you go for promotions and move up the ladder. A qualification in business finance is a great addition to your CV and can help you negotiate a more competitive salary.

What is the learning experience like?

Many of our courses are now available in a variety of formats. All formats cover the same course content. You now have more choice in how you learn with us:

Live Online

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

On Campus

UCD Professional Academy is delighted to welcome learners back on the UCD Belfield Campus. On Campus courses are delivered in-person with our industry experts in the O'Brien Science building.

On Demand

On Demand courses enable you to complete your course on your own schedule. Course modules are delivered in the form of one “lesson”. The lesson is broken up into short videos followed by activities designed to put the new information and concepts into practice through exercises, quizzes, forum participation and other activities.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

If you are studying an online course, your assessment will also be submitted online.

This course is assessed through a written assignment – a case-study project to be submitted after the end of the course. You will have two weeks following the end of the course to complete and submit the final assignment. The written project is generally around 3,000 words (that’s about 5 pages of a standard Word document).

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certifications & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certificate to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our courses can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For full-time (boot camp) courses, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time courses, learners will be required to pay 40% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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  • 36 hours of pre-recorded course material
  • Complete within 18 weeks (average 6 weeks)
  • Attend optional live Q&A sessions
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  • Weekly Live Online Classes
  • 36 Hours of Course Material
  • Complete in 12 Weeks
  • Live classes delivered via Zoom
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