MSc in Compliance


Programme Overview

The MSc in Compliance is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications, offered by the Compliance Institute's education provider IOB and awarded by UCD and is aimed at those who work in a control function within a financial services organisation and will be of particular interest to compliance managers and senior managers together with those aspiring to these roles.

The programme is designed to give compliance and other control professionals the knowledge and skills they need to implement effective compliance structures and enhance the overall internal governance structures of organisations. It will provide participants with the multi-disciplinary skills to participate more effectively in compliance management and to understand a practical application of compliance best practice.

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis over 24 months, students can register for a maximum of two modules per semester. It comprises of seven modules and an Applied Project. Each 10 ECTS module consist of up to 30 delivery hours per semester.

How you will benefit:

On successful completion of the MSc in Compliance, graduates will:

  1. Develop comprehensive knowledge and expertise across a broad curriculum in Compliance and regulatory risk;
  2. Understand the requirements and responsibilities of ensuring robust compliance within financial services firms, while maintaining the trust of customers and wider stakeholders;
  3. Expand their thinking on key business challenges and ethical dilemmas faced by management when striving to improve business performance in regulated environment; and
  4. Blend theory and practice in complex and specific situations to improve business performance.
Taking up an ACOI Designation:


On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded with a MSc in Compliance from UCD.

Graduates who complete the MSc in Compliance will be invited to apply for the FCI designation (Fellow of Compliance Institute) and use the designatory letters 'FCI'. Continued use of this designation is subject to meeting Compliance Institute’s CPD requirements. FCI is the highest-level designation the Compliance Institute offers its members. For more on Compliance Institute designations, click here.


The fees are €5,100 for the first academic year (€12,200 for the programme in total).

This programme has IFS Skillnet funding available for certain companies. You should check if your company has IFS Skillnet approval. IFS Skillnet price is €3,600 for the first academic year (€8,900 for the programme in total).

For information on Skillnet funding, click here.

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How to Apply

  1. You will need to be a current member of Compliance Institute to register for this programme.
  2. Register for this programme through our education provider, IOB. 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the MSc in Compliance, or any other education programme:

Contact: Ciara on [email protected]