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Ulster Online Q&A: Meet the Fintech Management course leaders

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

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An introduction to the FinTech Management MSc with co-course directors Claire McCann and Daniel Broby. 

We sat down with the directors of the FinTech Management MSc to learn more about the learning goals and benefits of studying Fintech Management at Ulster University Business School (UUBS).

Meet Professor Daniel Broby 

Chair of Financial Technology at Ulster University and co-course director, Professor Daniel Broby is an internationally recognised finance academic and former senior figure in the fund management industry.  

Professor Broby has a PhD in Accounting and Finance, an MPhil in Economics, and an MSc in Investment Analysis. He was elected an individual member of the London Stock Exchange in 1990, remaining a Chartered Fellow of the CISI and a Fellow of CFA (UK). 

Founder of the UK’s first Masters in FinTech programme (at Strathclyde Business School), Daniel Broby continues his academic career at Ulster University.  

He teaches Predictive Analytics and Contemporary Issues in Financial Technology and supervises on research projects relating to capital markets and digital technologies. He is a recognised expert on the financial applications of blockchain and distributed ledgers.

Meet Senior Lecturer Claire McCann 

Claire McCann has a long history of teaching and programme development at Ulster and has served as undergraduate Course Director for Finance since 2009. 

Claire is now a Senior Lecturer in Financial Services, with research interests in financial mathematics, statistics, corporate finance, portfolio management and education. She is committed to student-centred initiatives designed to improve student employability and welfare among Accounting, Finance and Economics students. 

Claire holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Queen’s University Belfast, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the University’s Centre for Higher Education Research Practice. 

Claire McCann, with over 20 years of experience at Ulster is well placed to talk about the benefits of studying at Ulster and the latest programme. Here she answers some of our most-asked questions on the Fintech Management MSc programme

Why choose Ulster University? 

Claire : “Ulster University is well known for two things. One, taking the approach of learning through practice and, two, its pastoral support of students. We work closely with employers to ensure currency in our programmes and that the programmes are forward-thinking for the graduate’s future. We try hard to get to know the students and to help guide them on the path to their chosen careers.”

Why study FinTech Management? 

“The FinTech Management MSc is about bridging a gap between technology and financial services. The programme gives those in financial and professional services some understanding of the technology in FinTech and the confidence to ask questions.

The MSc FinTech Management gives those in technology more of an understanding of financial services and what they are applying the technology to.”

Who is the FinTech Management MSc built for? 

“The MSc FinTech Management is built for those that aspire. It could be for someone who is aspiring to change their career path into FinTech and Financial & Professional Services, or for those that are aspiring to advance into management roles.”

Having studied on the Fintech Management MSc, what skills can students expect to graduate with?  

“Students will advance their communication and information technology skills as well as their skills in leadership and ethical understanding. Students will need to display critical diagnostic and decision-making skills. With these skills, students are enabled to deal with whatever change is happening within their sector of work.”

Ulster University Business School is well known for its close connections to industry, so we asked: 

What relationship does the MSc in FinTech Management have with industry and how does this benefit the students? 

“In developing the MSc FinTech Management and its modules, the programme team worked closely with FinTech employers. This enables the programme to be forward-thinking and it is reviewed on an ongoing basis to make sure of its currency within the FinTech/Financial Services sector.”

What is The Fintech Corridor?  

Ulster University is in partnership with The FinTech Corridor, could you explain about the initiative and how it may be beneficial to your students? 

“The FinTech Corridor is about bridging the gap between the EU and UK FinTech.  To do this, Ulster University, along with five other universities, has partnered with the FinTech Corridor to explore programme development, micro-credentials, and short courses; to allow FinTech Corridor industry members access to talented UU students and graduates; and to implement applied research, innovation, and engagement initiatives.”

Why is the work of The FinTech Corridor important to Northern Ireland’s FinTech industry? 

“The FinTech Corridor has a vision to lead the growth of a world-class, cross-border FinTech network. Northern Ireland is becoming a FinTech leader in the UK, and the FinTech Corridor provides an opportunity for collaboration between the north and the south of Ireland.  

The FinTech Corridor is about collaboration and the development of partnerships [showcasing the region] as the most attractive and accessible location for FinTech and a gateway for FinTech companies to Europe.”

Study with Ulster Online 

Led by the very best academics in Ulster University, Ulster Online has been an esteemed provider of distance learning programmes for over 20 years. All our online masters programmes are designed to meet employer demand and equip you with the relevant, practical skills to succeed in your career. Find out more about the Fintech career paths that could be an option for you after graduation.

The FinTech Management MSc is directed by both Claire and Daniel to provide future-oriented management training in the constantly changing sector of financial technology and prepare students for high-level leadership careers in FinTech around the world. 

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