MSc Financial Technology (Fintech)

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • Economics
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

  • Inter-disciplinary programme with insights drawn from finance, cyber security, artificial intelligence  and economics
  • Get ahead of the competition through and enhanced understanding of advancing technologies and business innovations
  • Practical ‘Hackathon’ module in place of a dissertation
  • Group work embedded throughout modules to develop practical team working and employment ready skills

Our finance and banking world is being reshaped and disrupted by rapidly advancing innovations including blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. FinTech (financial technology) refers to the use of technology to design and manage financial products and services. The demand for expertise in FinTech is growing, with businesses being put under constant pressure to combat greater competition, and develop user-centred products and services, at lower costs.

Our new MSc Financial Technology (FinTech) takes an inter-disciplinary approach, combining existing expertise in Bitcoin and Blockchain at The University of Exeter Business School, with the University’s wider expertise in economics, finance, data science, cyber security and law. Core modules will provide you with a solid foundation in a range of financial technology topics and are informed by the World Economic Forum and other global institutions.

This programme is ideal for students from a variety of backgrounds with a degree of mathematical / statistical experience, who are looking to launch a career in this exciting industry. In addition to the academic knowledge you will gain, you will develop the practical skills required including coding though our unique ‘Hackathon’ module and a variety of innovative teaching methods.

The University of Exeter FinTech Society 

The University of Exeter FinTech society explores, promotes and practices innovative approaches and technologies in finance and business. Our mission is to provide university students with knowledge and opportunities beyond the norm; to maximise personal and professional development. We also create strong academic and professional relationships with the burgeoning FinTech community, who are setting ground breaking trends for financial and commercial sectors in the UK and across the globe.

Find out more about The University of Exeter FinTech Society

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer two fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China

The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Money, Banking and Finance and MSc Financial Economics programmes. For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time.

The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term to complete the practical Hackathon module. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Lectures

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. As a postgraduate students in the Department of Economics you will be able to participate in the established Economics Seminar Series.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

Careers

Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

This programme is ideal for students from a variety of backgrounds with mathematical / statistical experience, who are looking to launch a career in this exciting industry. 

Careers in FinTech

In addition to the academic knowledge you will gain, you will develop the practical skills required including coding though our unique ‘Hackathon’ module and a variety of innovative teaching methods.

As a result, graduates can look to work in a diverse range of roles within:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Technology
  • Regulation Technology (RegTech)
  • Strategic and security planning
  • New ventures 

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop the skills employers require. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 or equivalent from a recognised university, including at least one mathematical / quantitative module at 2:1 or equivalent.

We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £10,900 full-time
  • International: £19,400 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

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