FinTech Management MSc (online)

Industry-focused learning for aspiring FinTech leaders

Features and benefits of the course:

  • Comprehensive curriculum – Gain critical business skills alongside technical awareness and market theory to become a well-rounded FinTech leader.
  • Study anywhere, anytime – This flexible online Masters degree can be studied anywhere in the world. Materials accessible 24/7.
  • Flexible payment options – Pay per module as you advance in your Masters programme, with alumni discount available to eligible Ulster graduates.
  • Close industry links – Ulster University Business School works closely with industry and the wider community to ensure our students graduate with the latest, most in-demand skills.
  • Excellent student support – Your personal Student Success Advisor is available to support you from registration through to graduation.
  • Tailored learning – graduate sooner with a PG Cert, PG Dip, or continue for the full MSc qualification in a minimum of two years, part-time. 
  • Type
    Masters (MSc), Online
  • Length
    Two years, part-time
  • School:
    Ulster University Business School
  • Intakes
    January, March, May and July (2023).
  • Fees
    £10,998
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    A second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body.

Our online FinTech Management MSc provides a solid grounding in key aspects of FinTech (financial technology) while focusing on its all-important business side too.   

Rather than a purely technical course, this online Fintech course includes modules on business analysis, behavioural finance and data science to develop well-rounded professionals ready to meet the demands of current and future FinTech jobs.    

You’ll be taught by leading academics who have played a major role in establishing Northern Ireland as a global FinTech hub, including Chair of Financial Technology, Professor Daniel Broby, who is responsible for leading Ulster’s cutting-edge research and building the country’s FinTech ecosystem.   

As an online, part-time student, you’ll dedicate around 20 hours a week to a mix of theory and work-based projects to graduate with a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert, 12 months minimum), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip, 18 months) or the full MSc (two years). 

Typical Entry Requirements

Standard route 

Applicants must have: 

EITHER 

  • a second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard. 

OR 

  • an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma or an approved alternative qualification. 

AND 

  • provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent). 

Non-standard route 

The academic team would consider providing the option for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

English language requirements

  • For students whose first language is not English, the minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.  
  • Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores. 

Modules

The programme comprises ten core 15-credit modules and a 30-credit dissertation. 

  • Business Analysis Foundations for Practice (15 credits) 
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics (15 credits) 
  • Financial Theory, Products, Markets (15 credits) 
  • Financial Econometric Modelling (15 credits)
  • Regulation and Compliance (15 credits) 
  • Project Management (15 credits) 
  • FinTech and Data Science (15 credits) 
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits) 
  • Contemporary Issues in FinTech (15 credits) 
  • Predictive Analytics in Finance (15 credits) 
  • Final Dissertation (30 credits)

Please note, modules are reviewed annually and may change in subsequent academic years. The order of modules will vary depending on when you start the course. 

Fees

Total course fee: £10,998 

Fees are payable on a module-by-module basis. The fee shown above is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply. 

Funding

Flexible options make payment as easy as possible for students, sponsors and employers. A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates. 

Additional costs

As well as your tuition fees, you should budget for the following additional costs associated with university study. These include (but are not limited to) computer equipment, learning materials, books, journals, graduation ceremonies, exam resits, etc. 

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About this FinTech course

The fourth industrial revolution is well underway, with new technologies disrupting the way businesses operate and interact with consumers. The financial services industry is no exception, forcing its professionals to keep pace with near-constant developments and acquire the relevant skills that are in short supply. 

Ulster’s online MSc Fintech Management programme aims to address this skills shortage by developing graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge of financial technologies and the financial technology management skills necessary to secure rewarding and lucrative leadership roles in the FinTech industry.

Our dynamic MSc in Fintech Management online will equip you with in-demand skills in data analysis, technology, finance, business and project management – ensuring you graduate with a broad skill set that can open doors in FinTech and other relevant sectors including banking, accounting, consultancy and financial planning. We regularly update our globally focused module content to reflect changes happening in the sector, arming you with contemporary insights that can boost your employability and earning potential. 

Discover five reasons to choose Ulster’s FinTech Management MSc

There will also be opportunities to network with other professionals, learn from real-world case studies and put your learnings directly into practice on a project-based assignment as part of your dissertation. 

This online, distance learning course has been created with professionals in mind and can be completed part-time, whenever and wherever suits you. Depending on your circumstances, you can choose to apply for the full Masters in FinTech Management or our PG Cert and PG Dip options. 

Why choose a Masters in FinTech Management?

Unlike other programmes on the market, our Masters offers a distinct blend of modules designed to give you the full range of skills the industry needs. Alongside FinTech (financial technology) and data science, you’ll also study areas of finance, business and corporate governance, while developing the all-important managerial skills required of leaders in the Fintech sector. The comprehensive scope of our MSc FinTech Management programme will give you the best shot at success in a highly competitive industry.  

You’ll also benefit from Ulster’s proven expertise and commitment to FinTech, demonstrated by the newly created position of Chair of Financial Technology, held by Professor Daniel Broby who is also the Co-Course Director for our online Masters, along with Claire McCann. Ulster has been formally recognised for its teaching excellence, ranking 20th in the Guardian’s 2021 league table for Accounting and Finance – outperforming many other UK institutions offering an online FinTech programme. 

With more than 20 years of experience delivering online courses, Ulster University’s tutors are well-versed in delivering effective and engaging e-learning experiences.  

The 100% online, part-time nature of the course ensures you can work towards your career goals without sacrificing other commitments. If you have any issues or queries throughout your time on the MSc FinTech Management course, our Student Success Advisors are on hand to support you, from enrolment through to graduation. 

You’ll find all learning materials, readings and discussion boards for the Masters in FinTech Management via our online learning portal, accessible 24 hours a day. 

Fees

Total programme fee: £10,998 

Fees are payable on a module-by-module basis. The fee shown above is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply.

Funding & Scholarships

Flexible options make payment as easy as possible for students, sponsors or their employers.  A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates. 

Intakes

Start when it suits you with 2023 intakes in January, March, May and July. 

Entry Requirements

Standard route 

Applicants must have: 

EITHER 

  • a second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard. 

OR 

  • an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma or an approved alternative qualification. 

AND 

  • provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent). 

Non-standard route 

The academic team would consider providing the option for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

English language requirements

English language requirements  

  • For students whose first language is not English, the minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.  
  • Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores. 

Modules

Carousel 1 (PG Cert): 

  • Business Analysis Foundations for Practice (15 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Financial Theory, Products, Markets (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometric Modelling (15 credits) 

Carousel 2 (PG Dip): 

  • Regulation and Compliance (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • FinTech and Data Science (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits) 

Carousel 3 (MSc): 

  • Contemporary Issues in FinTech (15 credits)
  • Predictive Analytics in Finance (15 credits)
  • Final Dissertation (30 credits) 

Please note, modules are reviewed annually and may change in subsequent academic years. The order of modules will vary depending on when you start the course. 

Our PG Cert in FinTech Management consists of four modules, covering business analysis, corporate governance and ethics, financial theory, products and markets, and econometric modelling.  

Alternatively, you can opt for the PG Dip in FinTech Management. This consists of eight modules: everything in the PG Cert, plus four additional modules in regulation and compliance, project management, FinTech and data science, and behavioural finance.  

If you wish to complete the full Masters in FinTech Management you’ll do all eight modules above, two 15-credit modules exploring contemporary issues in FinTech and predictive analytics in finance, plus your final dissertation. You must pass both 15-credit modules before embarking on the dissertation as these are designed to provide a basis of understanding for your research project.  

Find out more and speak to one of our enrolment advisors about which qualification is right for you. 

Fintech MSc Learning Outcomes

Throughout the online FinTech Management MSc you will: 

  • Master both the theoretical and professional aspects of FinTech management to bridge the theory-skills gap.   
  • Develop critical awareness of the international financial and professional services environment and how technology supports it.
  • Gain an appreciation of professional ethical standards and conduct.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse a variety of computational models, using a range of practices to creatively and systematically apply theories, tools and techniques used in financial services and its technological environment.
  • Acquire the transferable intellectual and interpersonal skills needed for consultancy roles in FinTech.
  • Critically evaluate new ideas and assess technical developments.
  • Develop enterprise and innovation skills through a balance of logical reasoning and creative thinking, alongside building your adaptability, resilience, and communication skills.
  • Enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society as a whole. 

Career Opportunities

The FinTech Management course aims to address the Fintech sector’s current skills shortage. On completion, graduates should have the expertise to access in-demand roles including: 

  • Compliance Officer 
  • Data Specialist 
  • FinTech Consultant 
  • FinTech Analyst 
  • FinTech Solutions Delivery Manager 
  • Policy Research Advisor 
  • Business Development Manager 
  • Centre of Excellence Manager/Director 
  • Product Manager 
  • Relationship Manager 

The course’s business and management dimension will also boost your leadership skills, increasing your eligibility for promotion into executive and senior team leader roles such as Director of FinTech Operations.

Faculty

Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is the 6th largest business school in the United Kingdom. Based in Northern Ireland, one of the fastest-growing FinTech hubs in the UK, UUBS is invested in spreading business excellence in Northern Ireland, across the UK, and internationally. The faculty of the MSc FinTech Management course hold a broad range of industry experience. 

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