MSc in Compliance

The MSc in Compliance, a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications 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 and the duration of the programme is 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 be able to;
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge and expertise across a broad curriculum in Compliance and regulatory risk;
  • Understand the requirements and responsibilities of ensuring robust compliance within financial services firms, while maintaining the trust of customers and wider stakeholders;
  • Expand their thinking on key business challenges and ethical dilemmas faced by management when striving to improve business performance in regulated environment; and
  • Blend theory and practice in complex and specific situations to improve business performance.
The MSc in Compliance is accredited and awarded by UCD. Students who leave the programme on successful completion of the first six modules are eligible for the exit award Graduate Diploma in Compliance from UCD (postgraduate level 9).

Participants who complete the MSc in Compliance are entitled to apply for the designation ‘Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland’ and use the designatory letters FCOI. Continued use of this designation is subject to meeting ACOI’s CPD requirements. FCOI is the highest-level designation the ACOI offers its members.



This programme has received Summit Finuas Network funding since its inception in 2013. Funding for the next programme intake is subject to Network funding approval.

The Summit Finuas Network is part of the Finuas Networks Programme, managed by Skillnets Ltd, whose aim is to support the sector in maintaining Ireland’s position as a top international financial services centre, through ongoing investment in the development of the skills and expertise of this workforce. This recognition of the programme highlights the need for suitably qualified persons in an area considered as strategically important. For further information about the network, please click on image below.

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Further Information

MSc in Compliance

How to register?

  1. Become an ACOI Member
  2. Once you receive your receipt of membership with your ACOI membership details, you can then register for the programme.