Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech - Part-time

Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech - Part-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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Overview

Dublin Business School in conjunction with Springboard+, their Partner Network and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive part-time Level 8 Graduate Conversion programme leading to a Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech award. 

Technological innovation applied to financial services has created a wave of disruptive activity that will change the shape of the global financial system over the next decade.  This has created demand from graduates and employees for programmes specifically tailored to the skills required for a changing financial services industry.

This is an interdisciplinary programme that focuses on finance, data analytics and computing.  It is designed to appeal to graduates seeking to gain exposure to FinTech - the technology enabled business model innovation in the financial sector.

Graduates from the programme upon completion will be able to pursue employment opportunities in areas such as business analyst in a FinTech organisation, data analyst, financial analyst, quantitative first and second tier support, back, and mid office analytics, portfolio analyst, funds analyst, Implementation consultant, index consultant and manager in the area of financial technology.



Programme Aims & Objectives

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end‐to‐end covering a wide range of financial technology topics, whilst providing a focus on application and the regulation required in this area.  The programme focuses on practical skills in core areas such as data & financial analytics, e-Finance, financial services and cybersecurity while also offering applied skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, and financial applications.  Its aim is to create a mastery of core financial technologies and financial systems while also enhancing the practical technical skills of the learners.

The specific programme aims are as follows:

  • Develop learner’s criticality in order to analyse industry trends in FinTech

  • Provide learners with a platform to develop the requisite knowledge and technical skills in current and developing financial technologies

  • Prepare learners to work effectively and collaboratively in the execution of common goals

  • Provide learners with systematic knowledge of the management of Financial Technology in organisational and regulatory contexts 

  • Facilitate the development by the learner of applied skills that are directly complementary and relevant to the workplace

  • Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner

  • Enable the learner to identify, develop and apply analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills   

  • Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study.



Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Level 8 degree in a cognate discipline OR a Level 8 degree in a non-cognate discipline with 1-2 years professional experience in a related industry.  Due to the mathematical nature of the content candidates will be required to show sufficient competency in mathematics.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis based upon their educational record, work experience, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.







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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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Course Content

The modules on the Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech include:

  • Financial Services Innovation

  • Fintech Regulatory Environment

  • Data Analytics

  • FinTech Operations

  • Blockchain and e-Payments

  • Capstone Project


Assessment Methods

The Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech is an academic programme informed by the clinical and academic experience of the lecturers. Modules will be delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and teaching will focus on the learner applying problem solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. Assessment methods include in-class tests and MCQS, presentations, analysis of case studies, assignments and project work. 





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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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Structure


The programme delivery is part-time and will run over 18 months, 2 evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm and some weekends.  Calendars for this programme will be available in due course.









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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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 Career Opportunities

 

FinTech has quickly become one of the biggest sectors in tech.  From an employer perspective, there are a number of companies looking for graduates with these skills in the short and medium term.  Career opportunities exist in banking, insurance, and technology companies as well as in innovative start-up situations.

Graduates from the programme upon completion will be able to pursue employment opportunities in areas such as business analyst in a FinTech organisation, data analyst, financial analyst, quantitative first and second tier support, back, and mid office analytics, portfolio analyst, funds analyst, Implementation consultant, index consultant and manager in the area of financial technology.

December 13th 2016, Minister Eoghan Murphy TD, unveiled 10 FinTech start-ups ready to launch in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. It is estimated that from start-ups to multinationals, as many as 5,000 new jobs could be created in the Irish Fintech sector by 2020.






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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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Eligibility 

 

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):


Returners (Formerly referred to as Homemakers)

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.

 

People in Employment/Self-Employment

Please note that under the Springboard+ 2020/2021 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. 

Either the applicant or their employer can pay the 10% fee for this programme.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a copy of our company sponsorship form in order for us to invoice your employer.

The fee for the Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech is €7,250 of which you pay 10% = €725

Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.


People signing for contribution credits

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.

Please note these two-year part-time ICT conversion courses are not open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments. 

Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process.

 

Documents Required: 

All applicants are required to provide the following documentation;

  • Academic Transcripts (this is the yearly breakdown of the modules studied and results received) and we require the transcripts for each year of study completed from any previous studies/courses attended. If these transcripts are in a language other than English, than please be aware we require official translated copies as well as the originals.

  • Recently updated CV including your education and experience to date.

  • If applying through APEL, we require a personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why would you be a suitable candidate. Please be aware that your personal statement should be sent as a word document and the average length should be between 500 - 700 words.

  • Copy of your passport or driver’s licence.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid

  • For Non-EU applicants currently residing in Ireland - a Copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required, to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years.


Note:
 The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

 

For applicants who are in employment (including self-employment), we require the following documentation;

Copy of their Tax Credit and Universal Social Charge Certificate 2020, or a letter from their current employer/accountant to confirm employment/self-employment

 

For applicants who are signing for contribution credits, we require the following documentation;

A letter from DSP confirming your social protection status (signing for credits)

 

For applicants who are homemakers, we require the following documentation;

Letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status. Please see Springboard+ form on the Springboard+ website.

 

Please note that there are limited places available on all programmes. Those applicants who provide all the relevant supporting documents will be allocated places on their chosen programme on a first come-first served basis, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Should we not receive all of the above information, your application will not be progressed and you could potentially miss out an offer of a place.

In the meantime, should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the DBS Admissions Office on 01 4177500 or by email on springboard@dbs.ie

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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Next Steps


Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.



Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.




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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


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Duration: 18 Months
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date:
September 2020
Award Level:
Level 8 NFQ
ECTS Credits:
60
10% Contribution (if applicable):
€725









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