Prepare for the financial sector of tomorrow at Manchester Met. Explore the latest in digital finance, blockchain, machine learning, and behavioural science.
FinTech (financial technology) is disrupting and reshaping commerce. The term is applied anywhere technology is used to help companies manage the financial aspects of a business. It includes new software and applications, processes and business models.
In June 2017, Ernst and Young reported that FinTech had achieved initial mass adoption in most markets and will continue to gain momentum. In the UK, FinTech has been valued at around £7 billion by Deloitte, so it’s no surprise to see it in all major political parties’ economic strategies.
There’s never been a better time to build your expertise in this exciting and evolving area.
Understanding rapidly evolving financial markets
This course combines our expertise in finance, computing, risk and behavioural science. You’ll look at innovative technologies and the disruptive nature of FinTech business models.
We’ll show you how Fintech has combined finance and technology and is changing the way companies and consumers interact. You’ll also discover how it has affected the regulatory environment in which companies operate.
You’ll get to grips with different elements such as programming, business analytics, digital strategy, data science, strategy and risk in financial services.
Features and Benefits
Location – Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe and home to major organisations and a thriving tech scene.
Triple accredited – Our Business School holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world.
Innovative teaching – as part of the course, you’ll examine business models and technologies which are set to shape the global financial sector for decades to come.
Financial experts – learn from expert academics and leading professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
Industry links and insight – learn from leading FinTech experts at guest lectures and network with employers at regular events.
Career support – throughout your studies, we’ll help you boost your employability and secure graduate employment through our Careers and Employability service.
“Our lecturers have industry experience in banks and finance firms that enables you to learn together and apply your knowledge to real-life case studies.”Stuart FinnertyProgramme Leader
FinTech is disrupting and reshaping commerce. From mobile apps putting banking in our pockets to cryptocurrencies tearing down traditional boundaries, we’re living through a financial revolution. Our masters is your chance to get involved. Study with us and you’ll develop in-depth knowledge of the business models and technologies that are shaping the global financial sector.
You’ll leave us with a valuable set of professional skills that are in demand the world over. You’ll be ready to apply for senior roles in a range of financial services companies – from innovative ‘disruptive’ technology firms and start-ups to large banking institutions.
You’ll study seven core units, covering areas including Innovations in Technology and Fundamentals of Programming, as well as an in-depth consultancy-based dissertation. You’ll also study two option units – allowing you to tailor your course to your interests.
During the year (or two, if you study part-time), you’ll also have a chance to apply your learning in practice by joining our internship scheme.
Please note: Option units are subject to availability.
Fundamentals of programming
Digital leadership transformation
Extended research proposal/dissertation
Business model innovation and Fintech
Financial strategy, regulation and avoidance of business failure
Innovations in technology
Masters level learning
Live client brief
Finance for managers
Introduction to business analytics
Risk management in financial institutions
Behavioural biases and financial decision-making
Blockchain for industry
You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.
While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.
Study and assessment breakdown
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Full-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Part-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Part-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Minimum 2.2 UK degree or international equivalent. There are no pre-requisites with regards to subjects studied. Professional experience will also be considered for mature students.
English language requirements
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU Students
Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time fee: £1,542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time fee: £2,500 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional estimate: £600
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.
The demand for FinTech is growing rapidly. Recent research shows employers need graduates with programming, data analytics and finance skills.
Our graduates use their skills and FinTech expertise in the financial services sector, either with innovative ‘disruptive’ technology companies and start-ups or within large banking institutions.
The Faculty of Business and Law’s Careers and Employability Service is here to support you during your time here and up to three years after you graduate. They can help with everything from writing your CV to preparing for an interview.
To get ready for life as a graduate, you’ll also have the opportunity to build connections with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships.