Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments

Start Date: Registration Deadline: 01 September 2017

Duration: 1 Year P/T

Location: IFSC, Dublin 1

Accreditation: Level 9 on the QQI Framework

Full Fee: €3,250

Network Members Fee: €2,600

Programme overview

The Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments is an opportunity for professionals working in the funds industry to develop their expertise in the growing alternative assets market.

Increasingly, alternatives assets which includes hedge funds, commodities, private equity, structured products and real assets investments such as infrastructure investments are becoming mainstream investments which are predicted to grow significantly.

Given the breadth of alternative assets the programme will appeal to professionals working in the funds industry who want to develop expertise in alternative investments.



Delivery is over two semesters. One module in semester 1 and two modules in semester 2. For each module, lectures will take place one evening per week for three hours.


Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written exams.


We encourage candidates to register for the full academic year but if you choose to register on a per module basis the fees are broken down as follows:

Investment Valuation and Risk
Summit Finuas Network member: €1,040
Non-member: €1,300

Applied Alternative Investment Strategies
Summit Finuas Network member: €1,040
Non-member: €1,300

Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Alternative Investments
Summit Finuas Network member: €520
Non-member: €650

Funding is available for a strictly limited number of places and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The closing date to apply for this course is 01 September 2017


Programme Benefits

The overall aim of the programme is to develop your technical knowledge and skills in alternative investments. It will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of valuation issues relevant to alternative investments and alternative investment funds
  • Progress your understanding of long-term trends in the demand for alternative investments
  • Deepen your knowledge and expertise in the range of alternative investment strategies
  • Introduce the relevance and importance of alternative investments to various types of investors
  • Develop your knowledge of legal and regulatory issues affecting alternative investment funds


When you successfully complete the three modules of this programme, you will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments from UCD (at postgraduate level 9).

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the programme are:

a) An honours degree and have at least one year’s experience in the funds industry


b) Admission may also be considered for experienced professionals who do not meet the admission requirements as set out in a) 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 funds role with responsibility for decision-making).

Professional Body Membership

You must be a current member of the Institute, or become a member, to undertake this programme.

Membership is currently €40 per calendar year


  • Investment Valuation and Risk (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)
  • Applied Alternative Investment Strategies (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)
  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Alternative Investments (NFQ Level 9, 5 ECTS)

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