The explosion of Big Data and the adoption of Cloud Computing is transforming the financial services sector. Companies are facing a technology-led revolution, requiring new business models and the need for companies to rapidly adapt their services and operations.
Our FinTech with Business Analytics MSc draws together knowledge of financial markets and institutions with the skills to develop and implement technological solutions to improve financial services with greater speed, accuracy and at lower costs. This cross-disciplinary course is designed to develop an in-depth understanding of the financial techniques and applications that are transforming the sector and giving rise to a new financial ecosystem. You will learn to apply the technologies, products and approaches used in business: Blockchain Technology, Digital Currencies, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Whilst our academic programme is grounded in theory, it has a strong practical orientation. You will use coding and analytics skills to develop business and financial insights to solve real-world problems. Students have access to our purpose-built Financial Markets Suite, using live market data via the state-of-the-art Bloomberg platform. You will also have an opportunity to complete an in-course work placement with one of our partner organisations or to complete a research project to consolidate your learning.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Financial Markets and Institutions
Computational Methods for Finance
Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance Services
Predictive Analysis of Decision-Making
Project (FinTech with Business Analytics) OR Work Placement Project
Big Data Management in Financial Servies
Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in writing.
The FinTech and Business Analytics MSc will equip you with the skills to collect and analyse big data sets to develop new investment and risk insights. The specialist knowledge of the Financial Markets will prepare you to enter or progress in careers in the global financial services market, including work in Retail and Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Asset Management, Insurance and related sectors in roles such as:
Financial or FinTech analyst/consultant
Data science analyst/manager
Fintech start-up founder
This course will also prepare you for further studies, such as MPhil, PhD or other research that could lead to a future in the academic world.
The Work Placement Project module will enable you to find employment that will enhance your career opportunities whilst on the course. We have partnership arrangements with approximately 20 financial services organisations, who offer paid work placements. There is also the possibility of completing an approved project for your existing employer.
This core option module is only for students who have secured a work placement with an external organisation that is in financial services or has interests broadly related to this subject area and level of study. Placements have to be secured by students independently by week 8 in the first semester of this 12-month programme of study.
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