- Start date:
- 24 months part time
- Entry requirements:
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) Full entry requirements.
- Language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each section Full language requirements.
- UK/EU fees:
- £18,000 (total)
- Additional cost information
- UK/EU only:
- This course is available to UK/EU residents only
Our innovative new MSc Financial Technology provides a rare opportunity to advance your capabilities in this emerging and exciting field.
Financial Technology – or fintech – is the global trend of combining technology innovations with financial systems, including banking, capital markets and global payment infrastructures. It is rapidly reshaping the financial services industry; from the reinvention of retail banking to provide services via smartphones, to statisticians collaborating with artificial intelligence experts to design and build new systems.
This part-time specialised Masters degree is designed for working professionals who have a desire to be at the forefront of global developments in fintech. It will equip you to navigate and adapt to the shifting financial landscape, covering areas such as cryptofinance, blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, computer programming, cybercrime and machine ethics.
The course is ideal if you are currently working in banking, finance or consulting, are a technology specialist keen to learn more about financial services, or work in the legal sector or other professional services specialising in IT, programming or finance.
Developed with leading industry bodies
Developed in consultation with leading industry bodies, including the Chartered Banker Institute, this MSc will cater to the most pressing needs of the sector, addressing the key issues facing the financial services industry, consumers, policy makers and regulators.
You’ll benefit from the combined expertise of our schools of Business, Computing, Mathematics, Law and Ethics, gaining an unrivalled depth and breadth of learning across subjects that are critical to the fintech ecosystem.
We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest developments, making sure you benefit from the most recent knowledge and research of the University’s finance research institutes, the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre and strong links with the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. Leeds University Business School is also recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Banker Institute, who have worked closely to inform and support the development of this Masters degree.
Fintech and Leeds
The city of Leeds is rapidly establishing itself as a fintech centre, with a critical mass of talent and expertise. This reflects Leeds’s place as a major financial centre in the UK, with more than 37,000 people working in services including banking, insurance and building societies (TheCityUK 2018).
You’ll benefit from our close links with organisations in this thriving sector, not only from the city, but from the wider region and beyond.
- Course content
During this flexible, two-year course you will learn about the different areas of fintech and the implications of traditional financial services combining with emerging technologies. You will critically evaluate current and future fintech innovations, such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer models. You’ll also learn how to harness the potential of new technologies and collaborate with a range of specialists, in order to forge new opportunities across multiple channels.
You’ll learn about global fintech markets and the fintech legal and regulatory environment. You’ll also gain a solid insight into the financial services sector, contrasting traditional financial systems and services with current financial innovations.
The course will introduce you to computer programming and system engineering, giving you an essential toolkit for data analysis. You’ll also learn how to apply both classical and new statistical and machine learning methodologies, particularly in the areas of credit risk, portfolio optimisation and propensity modelling. You will gain hands-on experience in computer lab sessions and also apply your technical knowledge to the business world, evaluating opportunities for cryptoventures.
Big data and new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation bring with them new moral challenges. The course includes a module run by our specialist Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, providing you with the analytical and theoretical tools to intelligently deal with the ethical questions that arise from merging technology with the financial sector.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during the course, you will design and carry out your own research project, giving you the opportunity to apply your learning in the workplace and develop ideas and practical solutions to fintech problems in collaboration with your organisation / the financial services sector.
There will be opportunities to build connections with other professionals working in the fintech field, learning from and sharing with other participants through group work, facilitated discussions and forums.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Year 1
- Programming and Systems Engineering
- Financial Technology and Ethics
- Legal, Regulatory and Security Issues in FinTech
- Financial Technology and Markets
- Blockchain Technology and International Financial Markets
- Year 2
- Artificial Intelligence
- Research Project
- Learning from Data
- Credit Risk Analytics and Financial Technologies
Learning and teaching
Designed to fit around the demands of your busy working life, teaching is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Face-to-face sessions are based in Leeds and will be scheduled in concentrated blocks of 3 or 4 days across the two-years.
Teaching is rooted in practice, connecting the theory with the real-world that you operate in. You’ll apply your learning in the workplace from day one, developing ideas and solutions to fintech problems in collaboration with your organisation and the financial services sector.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies outside of the classroom, enabling you to undertake independent learning at a time to suit you.
Assessments will allow students to demonstrate a range of skills including group working, report writing, formal presentations and written examinations.
- Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject, such as banking, finance, mathematics or computing and relevant work experience of not less than 3 years.
Work experience: A minimum of 3 years work experience in a relevant field.
If you don’t have a formal academic qualification, we will consider your application based on any acceptable professional qualification and/or substantial relevant work experience beyond the basic requirement.
International qualifications: We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
Application deadline: 31 August 2019
We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
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If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need:
- Two references – one academic and one professional
- Copies of your degree / qualification certificates and transcripts
- An up-to-date CV
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
UK/EU: £18,000 (total)
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
You may be able to access financial support for your Masters degree in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
- Career opportunities
This course is designed to help you respond to the emerging needs of employers within the sphere of financial technology.
It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to further your career development in a wide range of industries relating to financial technology, including banks, financial institutions and within government, as well as in more general finance and management roles.
Importantly, this course will give you the opportunity to network across disciplinary boundaries, making connections with colleagues on the course and a range of specialist academic and research staff at the University. Connecting with these networks will give you knowledge of developments beyond your current professional connections and field, enhancing your leadership and transferable skills.
The course will feature high profile guest speakers from a range of organisations, providing further opportunities to expand your network and knowledge of the latest developments.