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MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)

Our new MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) provides a solid foundation in computing technology, financial theory, ethical and regulatory constraints, and business skills

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

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 back room 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
  • Cyber security 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
  • 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.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

    64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent, in either a numerate subject such as maths, computing and engineering, or a business and finance subject. Some experience of computer programming is also required. If you don’t have these formal qualifications but have relevant work/life experience, you’re still encouraged to apply.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

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
    • Crypto currencies
    • 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
  • Behavioral 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.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £6,300 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £15,250 £15,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

  • 98% of our graduate leavers are in employment or further study after six months (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)

Fintech is a growth sector in its own right at the moment and there are opportunities across the career spectrum, from new and exciting start-up companies to established banks and insurance companies.

London is still the UK's largest fintech hub and there are a lot of fintech jobs at the moment. Edinburgh is now the UK's second largest city in terms of fintech opportunities and the Scottish government is funding initiatives to help build the Scottish fintech sector. We expect the number of jobs in fintech in Scotland to continue to grow dramatically over the coming years.

In addition, the mix of computing, analytics and business skills you’ll learn on the course will prepare you for a job in data science. Employment rates among our MSc Big Data students are very high and careers are varied. Graduates are working in banks, the NHS, marketing companies, the oil industry and in government.

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills

    When we designed our new MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) we spoke to banks and financial recruitment agencies and asked, “what are the ideal skills for finding a job in fintech?” Companies such as HSBC, Sainsbury's Bank, JP Morgan and MBN helped us shape the course with employability firmly in mind.

    Here at the University of Stirling, you're also offered workshops on CV writing, interview technique and how to secure that dream job. Our relationship with employers and recruiters is strong and they regularly attend events at the University with the intention of recruiting staff.

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