Overview

Fintech is taking over the banking and finance industry. The way we handle money is changing and the whole industry is taking note - from international banks to backroom start-ups. To do well in fintech, you need to understand technology, finance and business creation.

Our new MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) provides a solid foundation in computing technology, financial theory, ethical and regulatory constraints, and business skills. It’s an innovative course designed for those looking to enter a career in the fintech industry.

Fintech combines the technology from big data and analytics, mobile computing and modern financial services. Some of the activity in the sector is being carried out by the large, existing financial institutions, but the majority comes from small companies who are developing disruptive technologies.

The course covers:

  • Manipulating data and scripting in Python
  • An introduction to blockchain
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Contemporary issues in banking
  • An introduction to corporate finance
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Fintech app development
  • Investment regulation and ethics
  • Heuristics and bias in behavioural finance
  • Innovation management and disruptive technology
  • Business startup planning
  • Professionalism, regulation and ethics in banking

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Companies such as HSBC, Sainsbury's Bank, JP Morgan and MBN helped us shape the course with employability firmly in mind

#2 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)

#3 We equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills required to work in the new and emerging fintech sector

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to give you the knowledge and skills required to work in the new and emerging fintech sector. Many fintech companies are small start-ups so business and entrepreneurial skills are important. Fintech is a disruptive technology, bringing great changes to the ways that banks and insurance companies operate. You’ll be taught innovation management techniques to immediately make a difference in any organisation or company you work for.

Of course, fintech is also about technology and our graduates will be able to design and implement software applications that will take advantage of the new open banking regulations. You’ll also have the data analytics and machine learning skills required by new data-driven models of financial services provision.

Course details

This Masters course is taught by the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics, in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. You'll learn from lectures and practical labs during the first two semesters from September to April. After the spring exams, you'll spend the summer carrying out a dissertation project. The project may be of your own design, or (where possible) as part of a placement or consultancy project for a company.

You can study the MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

These are the subjects you’ll learn about on the course:

  • Blockchain

    • Blockchain technology
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Decentralised applications
    • Smart contracts
    • Applications and case studies
  • Cyber Security

    • Privacy, anonymity and cryptography
    • Access control
    • Network security
    • Forensics
  • Contemporary Issues in Banking

  • Representing and Manipulating Data

    • Python scripting
    • Tabular, JSON and XML formats
  • Data Analytics

    • Machine learning and analytics
    • Text and sentiment mining
    • Data mining project management
  • Financial Apps and Open Banking

    • Mobile app development on Android and web
    • Building open banking apps
  • Investment Regulation and Ethics

    • Self-regulation in financial markets
    • CFA ethics, standards and codes
  • Behavioural Finance

    • Bias and heuristics in investment behaviour
    • Investment and inefficient markets
  • Innovation Management

    • Innovation culture
    • Managing innovation
    • Team working
  • New Venture Creation

    • Business start-up theory and practice
    • Business planning
    • Opportunity recognition
  • Professionalism, regulation and ethics in banking

Please note that some of the above subjects are optional.

Teaching

You'll learn from lectures, seminars and practical labs.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a variety of assessment strategies, including written assignments, exams and individual projects.

Course director

Dr Kevin Swingler

+44 (0)1786 467676

kevin.swingler@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £6,300
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
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