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 Irish IRC 2021/22 Winners, UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School

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 University Affiliation Program

Academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)—including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct—into their curriculum may be eligible to participate in the University Affiliation Program.

An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams.

CFA Institute has affiliations with a limited number of globally diverse, select institutions that cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including the ethical and professional standards, in their degree programs.


Apply to the University Affiliation Program

To request an application* and find out more, please email us at [email protected].

*Applications for the University Affiliation Program are considered on a case-by-case basis; meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


Affiliated Universities in Ireland 



Maynooth University​

Master of Science in Finance​



Trinity College, Dublin​

Bachelor of Business Studies, Finance Concentration​

Master of Science in Finance​



University College Cork​

Master of Science Finance - Corporate Finance​

Master of Science Finance - Asset Management​



University College Dublin​

Master of Science in Finance​



Learn more about University Affiliation Partners

 CFA Practice Exams

CFA Society Ireland arrange CFA Practice Exams for candidates at all levels. The practice exams take place on a Saturday, a few weeks in advance of the June and December Exams. Details for the Practice exams are emailed to candidates well in advance and are posted on this website.

We will also provide you details of other practice exam options, such as online exams, in advance of the CFA Exams.

 CFA Institute Research Challenge 2016/17

UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School is the current holder of the CFA Society Ireland Global Investment Research Challenge. In March 2022 they competed against University College Cork, Technological University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Galway​​ and Queen's University Belfast

The Global Investment Research Challenge is an educational initiative to promote best practices in equity research through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.

Each team taking part in the Challenge gets a unique hands-on opportunity to learn stock research and analysis skills from industry experts and to compete with peers from the world’s top finance programmes. The Irish teams are mentored by both industry and academic professionals and were helped in researching and analysing a loca​l company and to prepare a research report as if they were practicing analysts. Those research reports were then submitted to a panel of high-profile judges who also hear oral submissions on the students’ conclusions.  

The subject company for the 2021/ 22 competition was Kerry Group

Learn more by clicking the Research Challenge tab

For more information about the Irish Investment Research Challenge, email [email protected] or click here

CFA Society Ireland would like to thank DAVY for their continued support of the IRC in Ireland, and Kaplan for their continued support of CFA Societies hosting a competition.

*The Challenge brings universities, students, and investment professionals together in a unique fashion that advances the principles of ethics and professional excellence and the value of a career in the finance industry,” said Jeff Diermeier, CFA, CFA Institute past president and CEO.



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