Professional Diploma in Advanced Banking Risk Management

Start Date: Registration Deadline: 09/09/2016

Duration: 1 Year P/T

Location: IFSC, Dublin 1

Accreditation: Level 9, 30 ECTS credits

Full Fee: €3,300

Network Members Fee: €2,480

Programme overview

The Professional Diploma in Advanced Banking Risk Management is a specialist risk management programme specifically designed for senior risk and compliance professionals who are working in senior risk management or related roles in banking, financial institutions or providing risk management advisory services to banks.

This programme has been designed in conjunction with senior risk management and compliance professionals in banking.

It covers a broad technical curriculum encompassing the key conceptual foundations of banking risk management and it will enable participants to think strategically in order to manage the key risks in accordance with the bank’s competitive advantages and risk appetite.


Click here to access PDF version of course brochure: PD Adv. Banking Risk Man 16



This programme is delivered on a part-time basis and for each module, lectures will take place in Dublin city centre (IFSC) one evening per week and/or a Saturday.


Tthe programme will be delivered initially over four semesters.


Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and an end of semester written examination. The pass mark is 40% in all modules in line with UCD academic policy

Module Summit Finuas Network Total Course Fee
Semester 1 – 2016
Risk Governance, Culture, Business and Enterprise Risk Management €       1,100 €825
Semester 2 – 2017
Regulatory and Economic Capital Management, Credit Risk and Pricing for Credit Risk €           550 €415**
Semester 3 – 2017
Strategic Operational , Conduct and Reputational Risk management €       1,100 825**
Semester 1 2018
ALM, Liquidity and Market Risk €           550 €415**

Fees will be reviewed annually.

* are eligible for Summit Finuas network funding for a limited number of places on a first come first served basis. The availability of funding for future semesters, if applicable, will be confirmed in advance of their commencement.

**subject to funding in 2017/2018


Upon successful completion of the four modules of this programme you will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Advanced Banking Risk Management from UCD (at postgraduate level 9).

Who should attend

This programme is designed for:

  • Banking and financial institutions’ senior risk and compliance professionals who are members of the bank risk committees and related roles including, but not limited to, governance, risk, regulatory and liquidity committees.
  • Banking, financial and regulatory institutions’ senior risk and compliance professionals who are working in risk and compliance roles including:
    • Compliance
    • Credit review
    • Capital and credit modelling
    • Conduct risk
    • Asset and liability management
    • Market risk
    • Operational risk
    • Internal audit
    • Legal
    • Finance
    • Technology
    • Change management
  • Risk professionals working in the Central Bank of Ireland, National Treasury Management Agency, accountants, business consultants, lawyers and other professionals who provide risk management advisory services.


This programme will support your professional development and provide you with:

  • At the strategic level, an understanding of the sources and nature of the key risks inherent in the banking model and the inter-relationships between those risks, the bank’s competitive advantage, capital requirements, regulatory requirements and customer imperatives
  • An understanding of corporate and risk governance and its relevance within the overall business context including global best practice governance standards
  • The current global best practice risk management approaches used by banks to identify, measure, mitigate and manage these risks in an enterprise-wide risk context
  • The technical risk skills and knowledge to critically evaluate and implement practical solutions to the key risk challenges facing banks’ senior management teams
  • An understanding of the regulatory imperatives that drive risk management in banking and an understanding of what regulators are seeking to achieve
  • An internationally recognised university qualification at masters degree level



The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

  1. a) Honours degree in business or in a relevant cognate discipline and have at least three years’ experience in a banking role


  1. b) Have completed the Professional Diploma in Banking Risk Management Practices (at level 8) and have at least three years’ experience in a risk role


  1. c) Admission may also be considered for experienced professionals who do not meet the admission requirements as set out in a) and b) where they can demonstrate learning

through work and training which makes them a suitable candidate for the programme, i.e. they will have significant experience in a senior risk role with responsibility for risk decisions.


You must be a current member of The Institute of Banking, or become a member, to register for this programme. Membership is currently €40 per calendar year.

Course Content

The course is made up of four modules:

  1. Risk Governance, Culture, & Enterprise Risk Management
  2. Regulatory and Economic Capital Management, Credit Risk and Pricing for Risk
  3. Strategic, Operational, Conduct and Reputational Risk Management
  4. ALM, Liquidity, and Market Risk

1. Risk Governance, Culture & Enterprise Risk Management

At the end of this module, participants will understand:

  • Corporate governance, including best practice governance standards
  • The board responsibilities and expectations of the risk management function
  • Risk governance frameworks, risk appetite statements and risk policies
  • The duties of directors under common law, company law and the Central Bank’s Corporate Governance Code for credit institutions
  • The impact of culture, leadership and behaviour on risk profile and the effectiveness of risk management
  • The relevance of the Central Bank’s fitness and probity standards
  • The role of audit and risk committees, particularly in relation to risk management and an organisation’s system of internal controls
  • The challenges in setting executive director levels of pay and the link between executive remuneration and excessive risk-taking
  • Banking model risks
  • Single Supervisory Mechanism
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • ERM frameworks and how such frameworks are implemented
  • Approaches to risk integration and aggregation

2. Regulatory and Economic Capital Management, Credit Risk and Pricing for Risk

At the end of this module, participants will understand:

  • Capital planning and scenario planning
  • The different types of capital instruments
  • CRD IV
  • Risk-weighted assets
  • Regulatory capital
  • Economic capital
  • ICAAP and stress testing
  • Risk and return methodologies
  • Principles of credit risk management
  • Credit risk management framework
  • Credit models
  • Customer grading and scoring
  • Calculation of impairment provisions
  • Relevant regulation

3. Strategic, Operational, Conduct and Reputational Risk Management

At the end of this module, participants will understand:

  • The requirements and responsibilities of conduct risk management
  • Conduct risk frameworks, conduct risk appetite statements, measurement
  • methodologies and global best practices
  • Operational risk as a risk management discipline in its own right
  • The distinction between operational risk, credit risk, market risk and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • The Basel III operational risk implications
  • Operational risk capital calculation methodologies
  • Reputational risk and its importance as the top strategic business risk

4. ALM, Liquidity and Market Risk

At the end of this module, participants will understand:

  • The role of asset and liability management
  • The main pre-crisis practices in liquidity risk management that led to unstable balance sheet structures
  • How the regulatory landscape has changed in response and the resulting new requirements
  • The impact of current regulatory developments on balance sheet structures
  • The underlying risks inherent in a balance sheet, e.g. liquidity risks, interest rate risks etc.
  • The critical evaluation of the strategic considerations of balance sheet management under various different scenarios
  • Market risk, crisis and regulation
  • The utility of market risk-taking activities
  • Value at risk
  • Derivative markets: size and turnover
  • Counterparty credit risk
  • Interest rate risk in the banking book

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