Financial Technology (Fintech)

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma


Subject to approval

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Introduction

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, for students 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
  • Relational and NoSQL databases
  • Contemporary issues in banking
  • An introduction to corporate finance
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Cluster computing on Hadoop and Spark
  • 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

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: Full-time in one year, or part-time over two years.
  • Start date:

    The course will commence in September 2018. You can email Kevin Swingler, the Course Director, to register your interest, and we’ll notify you when we’re ready to accept applications.

  • Course Director: Kevin Swingler
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Kevin Swingler

Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland

Course objectives

The goal of the course is to equip its graduates with 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 distruptive technology, bringing great changes to the ways that banks and insurance companies operate. For that, graduates will be taught innovation management techniques.

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. They will also have the data analytics and machine learning skills required by new data driven models of financial services provision.

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Entry requirements

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. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant and relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

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
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information, see our English language requirements

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Application procedure

Please note that this course is subject to approval

Entry to the MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) is at the start of the Autumn Semester in mid-September 2018. You can email Kevin Swingler, the Course Director, to register your interest, and we’ll notify you when we’re ready to accept applications.

There are no closing dates for applications to the course. However, applicants should note that it’s not usually possible to complete the application process in under two weeks, so applications received after the start of September will usually be considered for entry the following year.

International applicants are advised to start the application process early, as visa formalities can take a number of months to complete.

Kevin Swingler
Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
01786 467676

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Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) is taught by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Stirling Management School. You'll learn from lectures, practical labs and small tutorial groups during the first two semesters from September to April.

After the spring exams, you'll will 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.

The year's modules are arranged as follows:

Autumn Semester

You must take the following compulsory modules

Module Title       

Credits

Blockchain Technology

10

Cyber Security

10

Contemporary Issues in Banking             

20

 

And one of the following options

Module Title        

Credits

Relational and Non-relational Databases

20

Representing and Manipulating Data

20

 

Spring Semester

You must take the following compulsory modules

Module Title       

Credits

Data Analytics

20

Finance Apps and Open Banking

20

And 20 credits from the following options

Module Title        

Credits

Investment Regulation and Ethics

10

Behavioral Finance

10

Innovation Management

10

New Venture Creation

10

Professionalism, regulation and ethics in banking

20

 

Summer Semester

You will carry out a dissertation project worth 60 credits. The project may be carried out at the University or as an internship at an outside organisation.



Modes of study

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

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Careers and employability

Career opportunities

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 jobs in that sector in London 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 will learn will prepare you for a job in data science. Employment rates among our Big Data MSc. students are very high and careers are varied. Students are working in banks, the NHS, marketing companies, the oil industry, and in government.

Employability

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.

While at 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.

Please note that this course is subject to approval. Courses advertised as ‘subject to approval’ have successfully completed the first stage of the approval process. The full academic detail is still subject to consideration and approval by the University and is in the final stage of the approval process.

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