MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)

Our MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) focuses on the multi-disciplinary skills and expertise at the foundations of the highly innovative Fintech sector.

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
Fintech provides the latest information in computing, financial theory, ethical and regulatory constraints, and business skills, throughout complementing theory with a hands-on approach. It is taking over the banking and finance industry, with applications in several other sectors. The way we handle money is changing, a new concept of digital identity is emerging and the role of data and its safety and privacy requirements are key. New applications and potential markets are being explored, including central bank digital currencies (CBDC), cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer lending platforms and open-banking services.

The whole industry is taking note - from international banks to backroom start-ups, and a new kind of multidisciplinary expertise is in high-demand. To do well in fintech, you need to understand technology, finance and business creation.

Our MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) is one of the first offered in the UK and provides you with the latest developments 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 includes 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 a strong drive 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
  • Bank Theory, operations and strategy
  • 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 cutting-edge 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, but also enabling new applications, business models and markets in various fields. 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. Being rooted in a computing department, the course enables our graduates to understand the role of software applcations in fintech and contribute to their design and implementation, such as services exploting the new open banking regulations, or disruptive applications supported by blockchain technology. You’ll also have the data analytics and machine learning skills required by new data driven models of financial services provision.

Work placements

As part of the course students develop a substantial project (1/3 of the overall course). Several of these projects are being carried out in collaboration with industry, both innovative start-ups and larger corporates, e.g. in the banking sector.

Flexible learning

The MSc in Fintech can be attended both as a one-year full time course or part-time over a period of two years. Learning is organised around materials provided online, contact teaching and tutorial hours, and an “open-door” approach allowing students a direct contact with lecturers, providing for great flexibility in the organisation of study.

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.

Faculty facilities

State-of-the art computing facilities are available to Fintech students, with a 24/7 access policy. University facilities are also open on extended hours, often 24/7, including the library where students can book spaces for individual study and group work. A high-speed internet connection is available throughout the whole campus, and remotely via a secure connection.

Research overview

The MSc in Fintech, one of the first in Scotland, is rooted in the Mathematics and Computing Science division, drawing from its reasearch on data analytics, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, security and mobile technologies.

It is also supported by the University of Stirling Management School, 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.

90% of our research in computing science and mathematics is classified as internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with the top 5% judged as world leading.

What our students said

Richard Bradley
Richard Bradley
MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)
Studying at Stirling has been more than just further academic studies. The FinTech and Big Data courses are run in partnership with The DataLab.
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Nicholas Cetoupe
MSc Financial Technology
The course contents were perfectly angled to cover both the financial and more technical aspects
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Yash Ajay Vikhankar
MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)
I was very good at maths at school and developed a knack for programming. I chose FinTech as it was a perfect combination of the two. I also liked Stirling's approach to the course which is very practical in every module.
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