Taught course

Financial Technology

Institution
University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6 (minimum 5.5 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21.

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU £6500
International students
£15950

Datalab Funding 2019

For the past three years, we have been able to offer Datalab funded places on our MSc courses to students from Scotland and the EU. We hope to have more funded places available for 2019. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, so apply now and we will inform you of the status of funding as soon as we can.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    MSc students complete two taught semesters and a three month project/dissertation. Alternatively, the PgDip may be awarded after two taught semesters, or the PgCert if not all modules are passed. Part-time study is also available, with the taught part of the programme being taken over four semesters.

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1786 466655