Diploma in Finance for Managers

Learn the essentials of Financial Management

11 weeks, part-time, one evening per week
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Why Financial Management (for non-finance managers)

This course is ideally suited to you if you are you working in business, and interested in developing skills in Financial Management.

The Diploma has been developed to meet the needs of working professionals, managers and supervisory staff, from various non-financial background, with responsibility for managing budgets, who receive and need to be able to interpret management reports. It may also be of benefit to you if you prepare inputs to management information systems.

Course Overview

The aim of this ‘finance for non-financial managers’ course is to give managers with limited or no financial background or entrepreneurs with little or no previous financial experience the skills and confidence to make informed and objective financial decisions and the knowledge to fully participate in strategic policy development.

On completion of this diploma you will be able to 

  • describe the role and limitations of finance in business, and define and utilise commonly used financial terminology.
  • evaluate the role of finance in planning and decision making in the organisation as well as applying the principles and concepts of costing and budget preparation.
  • calculate financial ratios to assist management in the control of costs and enhance decision-making.

The course will also provide you with an overview of control and audit issues and the roles of external, internal and value for money audit.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content


  • Introduction to different types of business entities, users of financial information, characteristics of useful financial information
  • Accounting principles and financial objectives
  • Financial Management roles and responsibilities
  • Financial Statements and Reporting
  • Financial management
  • Concept of risk and reward
  • Financial planning
  • The role of finance in planning process
  • Costing & budget preparation
  • Budgetary control


The course will be assessed by an assignment, which may include case study analysis.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this finance for non-finance managers' course you will be able to identify financial risks within the department and overall organisation and you will be able to communicate more effectively with your finance department. The course will also give you an insight into the role of financial strategy in an organisation and develop an understanding of financing and resource allocation.

These skills will support you in your existing, or if you are seeking an alternative, managerial position.


Coming from a media and journalism background this course allows me to fully understand beneath the surface a business or finance related story. The budgeting aspects of the course were also beneficial for me in terms of career progression and I really enjoyed the small class sizes as well as the lecturer's personal approach and industry knowledge.
Jack Quan Diploma in Financial Management Graduate

Knowledge which I received on this Course will help me in my work.  Thanks to tools which our teacher gave us will improve my skills in future times.

Mazena Glebocka Diploma in Financial Management Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Michael Ellis
Michael Ellis/ Lecturer Diploma in Financial Management /
Michael Ellis is a lecturer in Corporate Finance, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Tax and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, QFA and also holds qualifications in Forensic Accounting. Michael has provided specialist Financial, Corporate and Tax advice to his clients across Ireland and the UK for the last 10 years. Michael has extensive experience engaging with Revenue in relation to Income Tax, PAYE, Corporation Tax and VAT Audits, while also working and advising clients on how to strategically acquire and grow business portfolios. While lecturing Michael combines this business experience with his strong academic achievements to deliver a valuable and enjoyable experience for students.

Gerard Keating

Gerard Keating is a Chartered Accountant with financial management experience across many sectors including education, marketing, and technology.

He works as a part-time lecturer teaching QQI Level 7 and Level 8 as well as diploma classes. His specialist subjects include Financial Accounting, Spreadsheets and Databases, Sage 50 and Payroll and Software and Finance for Non-Finance Managers.

Gerard’s academic background has seen him gain an MBA from University of Wales Trinity Saint David, a Diploma in Project Management from Dublin Business School (DBS), an ACCA qualification from DBS and a Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from ACCA.

He is a member of Fellows of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and his research interests include private third level education and English language teaching in Ireland.

Subjects covered:

  • International Financial Reporting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Spreadsheets and Databases
  • Sage 50 and Payroll Software
  • Finance for Non-Finance Managers

Meet Gerard Keating, an MBA alumni and Lecturer in Finance

Entry Requirements

Entry to this finance for non financial managers’ course is based on each applicant's merits and work experience and it is ideal for you if you wish to develop financial management knowledge and skills to enable you to better manage your business function or organisation..

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.


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Meet Gerard Keating, an MBA alumni and Lecturer at IBAT College

Gerard is a qualified accountant and MBA alumni.

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