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.
- 1 year: full-time
- 2 years: part-time
Features and Benefits
- Location – Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe and home to major organisations and a thriving tech scene.
- 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.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
- The Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
- The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
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.
92% of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.
DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
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.
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.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.
Meet the Experts
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 master 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 Applied Blockchain Technology, 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.
The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.
Master's Level Learning
This exciting unit is an introduction to the world of postgraduate study for all of our students. This unit brings together students that will have a wide range of prior educational and professional experiences. The focus of this unit will be on demonstrating how we can convert this wide range of experiences into the tools and capabilities needed to successfully engage in this postgraduate qualification. As such, it will incorporate encourage critical thinking and writing through a range of learning and teaching approaches. At the end of this unit, all students, regardless of their prior academic experiences, should feel more confident in their ability to engage with a postgraduate qualification in Accounting, Finance and Banking.
Extended Research Proposal/Dissertation
In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. This project is split into two different assessment points to allow for targeted activity and feedback to be utilised in specific timeframes.
This unit presents a particularly exciting opportunity for students to engage in some independent research, with the support of a dedicated supervisor. The chosen topic will be one that interests and challenges you. If you were intrigued by the social responsibility practices of organisations or fascinated by the dividend decisions made by top management teams, this is your chance to explore these areas in further detail. Perhaps, you’ve figured out where you want to focus your graduate career and accordingly engage in some independent study related to that position.
As you will be supported by a dedicated dissertation supervisor, you can run ideas and drafts past this person. You can also avail of a wide variety of workshops to support this independent study. But above all, you will be able to develop a whole range of skills that you should feel confident about when to seek future graduate positions.
Innovations in Technology
The unit is intended to give the student a grounding in financial technologies and their many promising applications within the financial sector. As part of this, the student will critically examine the disruptive impact of these technologies as well the many risks they entail. While many of us are familiar with some of the more prominent financial technologies that have emerged in recent years, the extent to which innovations in technology have captured the market is unprecedented. By exploring innovations in technology through real-life developments and applications, you will have an opportunity to more fully appreciate the extent to which they have begun to merge and replace traditional activities.
Financial Strategy, Regulation and Avoidance of Business Failure
As financial technologies become more prevalent in the day to day activities of business and individuals, it is essential to understand past business failings.
This unit will develop student understanding of financial risk and regulation using a case study-based approach to explore historical examples of both corporate and market failings. By exploring this combination of events more thoroughly, you will be better positioned to understand how financial technologies may interact with regulation going forward.
Behavioural Science for Management
Whether you work in Financial Technology or alongside it, it is essential to understand the impact of human behaviour on decision making and activity within the economic environment. While we discuss the concept of industry 4.0 and the potential for machines to replace humans in many aspects of the working environment, it has also been acknowledged that humans are likely to take on more analysis and decision making in many organisational roles. This unit provides a general introduction to Behavioural Science and its application by managers. The unit covers relevant behavioural biases, heuristics and behavioural phenomena leading to the design of interventions to improve target measures in the workplace.
Business Model Innovation and FinTech
Business Model Innovation & Fintech is concerned with the theory and practice of innovation and digital disruption as applied in the context of Financial Services and Financial Processes. While the term disruption is often used to discuss businesses like Uber and Deliveroo that appear to have quickly captured markets and delivered a new approach to service, this unit explores what disruption really is in the above context. As such, it provides an opportunity to explore cutting edge activity and research using real-life cases.
An intensive programming course aimed primarily at non-computing graduates. Covers programming fundamentals to support the use of exploratory programming to solve a range of real-world problems.
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours
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: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study
- Part-time: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study
- Full-time: 90% coursework; 0% practical; 10% examination
- Part-time: 90% coursework; 0% practical; 10% examination
Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking Department
Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.
The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.
UK and EU Students
- 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).
- UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 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
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 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 international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 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).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
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 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.