MSc Financial Technology

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
For 2022/23:
£19,170 (Home)
£30,001 (International)
Funding opportunities are available
Study Financial Technology at Birmingham Business School

Be part of the next generation of professionals in big data management, computer programming and key theories in finance with our cutting-edge Financial Technology MSc.

The Financial Technology (FinTech) sector has expanded rapidly in recent years and continues to disrupt established business models and processes. Firms across the world are looking for ways to adapt to these changes and make the most of opportunities and innovations in this area. Our MSc Financial Technology has been designed to help you future-proof your career and help you play a key role in the future of FinTech.

Who is this course for?

Our MSc in Financial Technology has been created for talented graduates and professionals with experience in financial services, treasury management, science and technology. The course will be especially relevant to:

  • top-performing graduates in finance, economics, science and engineering
  • those currently employed in finance and FinTech who wish to develop their expertise
  • those with a related academic background who wish to develop their skills in this sector

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK for finance companies. The Midlands has been identified as a major growth hub for FinTech and is already thriving, with over 100 firms currently operating in the sector. London, the global financial capital, is less than 2 hours away. Our strong relationships with key employers in the financial sector give you the chance to meet and network with leading global organisations. We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021).
  • You will be part of a small cohort on this competitive specialist programme, allowing you to develop a closer relationship with experts, staff and fellow students
  • You can work on real time industry projects which combine theory with intensive practice and industrial engagement. Example projects include: setting up of crowd funding platforms, application of blockchain services in reducing currency frauds, developing algorithmic-trading applications and development of financial services applications 
  • Our Sustainable Finance and Innovation Centre provides opportunities for you to undertake client-based projects with firms, working with our research experts to gain hands-on experience with the latest financial tools and application-development softwares
  • You have the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Future Leaders Certificate. You can work on an exciting virtual live project set by a multi-national company, giving you a clear understanding of the impact technology is having on the business world and the implications for your own career
  • This course focuses on real-world investment challenges with emphasis on ethical and sustainable business practices. Find out how we are working for a responsible future at Birmingham

MSc Financial Technology Scholarships

Birmingham Business School is offering scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee to those who have received an offer for this programme. Awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence as assessed from your course application.

Full details are available on our scholarships page.

The new Masters in Financial Technology at Birmingham Business School will be an exciting addition to the burgeoning FinTech ecosystem here in the West Midlands. There is a tangible and an inclusive need for professionals who are highly trained in these technologies, and with such momentum currently behind Financial Services in the region, there has never been a better time to develop these skills in Birmingham.

Joel Blake OBE, CEO, GFA Exchange

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Modules

This course will give you essential hands-on experience and knowledge of corporate finance, asset pricing and project completion using real-time data from our databases, including Bloomberg, DataStream, WDRS, Compustat and more. 

You will work with leading academics within programming, technology and finance.  You will be taught by industry experts, gaining hands-on and theoretical experience in Big Data Management, machine learning and Blockchain Technology.

You will learn computer programming using Python, and you will gain a deep, critical knowledge of block chain and other forms of distributed ledger technology, and their possible uses in finance. You will be able to critically apply a range of techniques, including Deep Learning Techniques and Reinforcement Learning, to manage Big Data, and be well versed in regulatory and social responsibility issues around cyber security.

All modules below are worth 20 credits, with the exception of your Individual Project, which is worth 60 credits.

Core modules

You must take the following modules. 

Optional modules

Choose one of the following:


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees

MSc Financial Technology Scholarships

To celebrate the launch of our new MSc Financial Technology programme, Birmingham Business School is offering scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee to those who have received an offer for this programme. Awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence as assessed from your course application.

Full details are available on our scholarships page.

For programme fees and information on further costs please visit our Fees and Financing page.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

We have a number of scholarships available for students joining us in September 2022 on our 12-month MSc programmes. Full details regarding eligibility and application can be found on our Business School scholarships page .

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government;  find out more about finance for international students.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

UK and EU students (with settled or pre-settled status) looking to pursue a Masters programme in the UK can apply for a non-means-tested loan from the British government via the Student Loans Company (SLC).

Detailed criteria and information regarding the application can be found on our  postgraduate funding page

  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

How To Apply

1 July 2022 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2022 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2022.

Our staged admissions process

A staged admissions process is in place for this programme. This means that when you apply, your application will be considered with all others that have been submitted before the deadline. Therefore you might not hear from us with a decision on your application until a few weeks after the deadline has been reached. This enables us to ensure that all applications are considered fairly and equally. When you apply please ensure that you submit all of your supporting documents including an English language proficiency certificate (if English is not your first language) if you have one.

Further information and application deadlines

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent in a highly quantitative subject (such as Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Finance or Science).

You must have obtained good grades in mathematical, quantitative or statistics related modules at undergraduate level, or GCE A-Level grade A or overseas equivalent in Mathematics. Good programming skills, using languages such as C++, SQL, Java, R or Python, and/or two years relevant work experience in the field of science and technology, financial services or treasury management, are not strict requirements but will add weight to your application.

Places on this programme are limited, so you may be asked to attend an interview as part of a competitive application process.

International Requirements



International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band).


IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

You will be working in small teaching groups, allowing you to work closely with industry experts, staff and fellow students. You will also benefit from the expertise from both our Triple Crown accredited Birmingham Business School and the School of Computer Science

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

Take a virtual tour of the Alan Walters Building

Assessment Methods

Assessments focus on real-world challenges and help you to develop self-confidence to deal with the global investment and finance communities. Assessment methods include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures, presentations, written exams and group projects.

Excellent career prospects

Graduates will leave Birmingham perfectly placed to take up key FinTech roles in banks, investment institutions, insurance companies, pension funds, government institutions and consultancy. We also provide ongoing careers support for international students who wish to work in the UK after graduation.

Top jobs in FinTech include:

  • Blockchain developer
  • Apps developer
  • Financial analyst
  • Product manager
  • Compliance expert
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Data specialist

Strong Industry links

Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK for finance companies, and the West Midlands is home to major hubs for firms such as Specialist Computer Holdings, IBM, CGI, Advanced, Lombard Risk and Reynolds & Reynolds. Our proximity to London, the global financial capital, and ever-growing relationship with key employers in the financial sector, will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations. 

Future Leaders Certificate

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Business School’s Careers in Business team, is an extra-curricular programme designed to prepare you for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). You will gain the skills you need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, you will be encouraged to increase your awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations.

The Certificate culminates in our Gold Award, where you will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which places high importance on their social and corporate responsibility. 

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Visit the Careers in Business website

Learn more about the service that our Careers in Business team can provide.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers Network vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using Careers Network

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by our central career service, Careers Network, such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You should use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.

I believe the FinTech industry is an exciting space to join for professionals passionate about the financial services industry and how it is being disrupted and democratised by technology. The government has also shared how much they want the UK to be a leader in FinTech post Brexit. This detailed course is a great way to understand the current FinTech landscape and build relevant skills such as coding and understanding of venture and corporate finance.

Mary Agbesanwa, Scale FinTech Programme Lead, PwC

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