Financial Technology

Financial Technology

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £20,750
Domestic tuition: £8,500

Program overview

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

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
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. It may take several forms such as Python, Java, C, C++. If you don’t have these formal qualifications but have relevant work or life experience, you’re still encouraged to apply. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Stirling , United Kingdom

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