Why this course?
Financial Technology (FinTech) is concerned with the use of technology to make financial transactions more efficient. Graduates in this field will have a good understanding of finance, accounting, business information systems and analytic methods.
Our MSc FinTech is jointly provided by the departments of Accounting & Finance and Management Science where relevant expertise resides across all core competencies both in teaching and research. This is a transitional masters degree and we accept students from a variety of background who want a career in this area.
You'll gain a comprehensive skill set using a blended learning approach that combines theory, intensive practice and industrial engagement.
What you’ll study
The course is 12 months full-time, with two semesters of classes followed by an MSc dissertation project during the summer.
The first semester is designed to give you the fundamental understanding of finance and analytical methods within the context of development in FinTech practice and application.
The second semester will extend your core skills, expanding your knowledge of analytics methods, deepening your understanding of information systems and enhancing your understanding of financial markets.
"Becoming an Effective Financial Technology Analyst" is a class led by industrialists in partnership with academics concerned with FinTech problems. It lets you experience the practical reality of applying analytical methods in financial technology business. Working with industrialists on real issues presents a variety of challenges. For example, data may of poor quality, decision-makers can be vague concerning their requirements or the analytical technique required may not be obvious as well as convincing industrialists of the merits of the methods would all be covered in this class. Your understanding will be reinforced by experience.
The final component of the MSc course will be a FinTech focused summer dissertation project. This can be completed either through a client-based project or a desk-based research project, depending on your interests. You'll submit your dissertation in September to complete your degree requirements.
The course will involve big data analytics using the University’s servers. Some of the content will involve interaction with the Bloomberg Trading Simulation Laboratory in the Business School.
- an Honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting, economics, business studies or a subject area with a strong quantitative bias. The programme requires no prior knowledge of finance.
- for students whose first language is not English, get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.
- you must also be able to attend the introductory sessions in mid-September 2017.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
The course is tailored to make the graduates eminently employable in this exciting new field that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Research indicates that students with programming, data analytics and finance skills get premium starting salaries compared to graduates from any one of these disciplines.