UU and First Derivatives produce MSc programme

Prof Gillian Armstrong launches the Ulster University Business School's bespoke MSc with First Derivatives COO Adrian Toner
Prof Gillian Armstrong launches the Ulster University Business School's bespoke MSc with First Derivatives COO Adrian Toner

Ulster University Business School is embracing opportunities in the expanding fintech sector with the design of a new postgraduate programme for multi-national software and consulting firm First Derivatives.

“First Derivatives has successfully grown year on year to now employ 2,400 across its global operations with plans to recruit another 1,000 staff by 2021,” said Prof Gillian Armstrong, director of business engagement outlining the basis for the new venture.

“Such sustained expansion puts huge demands on the skills market relating to financial and associated professional services. Whilst Ulster University Business School offers related full and part-time courses First Derivatives’ requirements necessitated a whole new approach to curriculum development.”

Working with FD’s HR team the school created an MSc in Global Capital Markets which fits the firm’s specific skills needs.

“We firmly believe that the flexibility provided by such a targeted approach will be the educational route of choice for businesses going forward and we look forward to developing similar bespoke programmes for other organisations,” she said.

The degree will take up to three years to complete part-time and teaching will be supported by the University’s digital learning platform.

FD chief operating officer Adrian Toner, said: “The development of this Masters comes at a very exciting time of growth and development for the company.

“The demand for highly skilled capital markets graduates is now higher than ever on the island of Ireland and we are excited to be a part of the development of this forward-thinking programme and progressive approach.”

The firm has begun a period of induction with 40 employees this month with the expectation that a total of 60 employees will begin the programme itself in January 2019.