Higher Diploma in Science in Financial Technology

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  • Career Opportunities
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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.

Financial Technology can incorporate many different areas and is an evolving area. Through the work of the Programme Team and in conjunction with the industry experts, Financial Technology has been defined as a combination of financial systems, data management and technology including areas such as Project Management Risk Management, Cyber Security, Law & Regulation, Information Technology, Data Analytics and Financial Services. The programme aims and learning outcomes have been designed to reflect these specific areas. The programme incorporates Personal & Professional Development (PPD) within modules to enhance learners’ employability and to equip them to integrate seamlessly into an organisation by developing skills such as leadership, self‐management and teamwork that are essential in the Financial Technology sector, which is a rapidly changing industry which requires motivated and flexible employees. The Applied Project module requires students to identify a problem or issue in the Financial Technology domain and apply problem-solving skills to research and analyse the issue and develop real-world solutions, and critically reflect on this research process.

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.



This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.


Teaching and Assessment

DBS is committed to providing a flexible, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for learners. As a result, throughout this programme, learners will experience a varied range of teaching and learning strategies, which have been selectively chosen and based on module content and suitability for assessment. While modules will be delivered through a mix of workshops, practical sessions, tutorials and lectures, teaching and learning will focus on the learner applying problem-solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. The material will be presented during lectures and workshops with supporting material available via Moodle, DBS’s virtual learning environment. Learning, teaching and assessment for this programme, therefore, encourages learners to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and analytical and evaluative skills relating to real-world scenarios. 


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech are a Level 8 honours degree in a cognate or non-cognate area. Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification and who have at least 1-2 years of work experience may also be considered through the college's normal RPL procedures.

Prospective students alternatively may have a Level 7 ordinary bachelor's degree in a cognate area (computer science, technology, networking, information systems, engineering, general science, mathematics, statistics, data science) and wish to specialise in the field of Financial Technology with a view to entering the industry or those who are working in Financial Technology already and who require a qualification in the area in order to progress professionally.

In addition, for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not undertaken their undergraduate degree through English the following is required:

The minimum requirement for a non-native English speaker is greater or equal to B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for admission Non‐EU applicants, resident outside Ireland/EU, must apply directly to the International Admissions Office at DBS. 

Student Testimonial

"I chose DBS because I wanted Understand about Big data in general and I had colleagues that studied there previously.           

DBS helped increase my network...The Higher Diploma in Science in Financial Technology has for sure amplified my general knowledge in relation to big data, I work in a Fintech company (Fenergo)...at the moment I am on the IT infrastructure side but operating on a personal project to move on to some other department which could be more correlated with the course. My end goal is to become a Data Scientist or Data Translator. DBS has greatly helped in my career and still doing it."

Rafael Garcia
Higher Diploma in Science in Financial Technology




Course Content 


Module No.

Module Name


Markets and Valuation


FinTech Regulatory Environment


Data Analytics


Data Governance and Risk Management in FinTech


FinTech Innovation


Research Project


The timetable supports the rationale for the curriculum structure. For full-time students, the timetable for each semester is centred upon the delivery of the core 10 credit modules. Each 10-credit module on the programme requires a minimum of 250 effort hours. Contact hours’ number 48 per module per semester, running over the 12 weeks, 4 hours per week. The remaining learning effort is typically composed of directed e-learning, project, group work, assignments and independent learning. This allows sufficient time for a combination of lectures, group activities, discussions etc.

For part-time students, their semester timetables follow a similar structure, with the second semester focused on the delivery of two core (10 credit) modules. Each 10-credit module on the programme requires a minimum of 250 effort hours. Contact hours’ number 36 per module, per semester, running over the 12 weeks, approx. 3 hours per week, the remaining learning effort being typically composed of directed e-learning, project, group work, assignments and independent learning. This allows sufficient time for a combination of lectures, group activities, discussions etc. The profile of the part-time learner is sufficiently different from that of the full-time learner to warrant slightly less contact hours in each case.

DBS intends to include these programmes in its response to the current and future Springboard and Springboard+ tender applications. As such the programme may be delivered over a shorter timeframe to allow for a part-time completion in one year. This will include but is not limited to increasing the number of nights and including Saturdays when the Springboard funded learners attend for the taught component delivery.

This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.



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. For example, the following companies are currently recruiting: Paypal, Fidelity Investments, Pramerica, Accenture, Aon and Bank of America Merrell Lynch. Recruitment agencies report a rise in companies looking for these skills in Ireland and abroad. ‘FS2020 - a new Strategy for Ireland's International Financial Services Sector' was launched by the government in 2015. This Strategy represents a new action-oriented approach to growing and developing the international financial services sector based on the very successful Action Plan for Jobs model. It sets out a clear vision for the sector for the next five years and an ambitious target to create 10,000 net new jobs in the sector by 2020. A significant number of these jobs created will be in the regions, reflecting the increasing national profile of the sector, with one-third of jobs currently outside Dublin. Examples of job titles students may apply for include: Customer Service Specialist, Business Analyst, Client Services (Graduate Program).


The course fees for the next academic year are €7,350 for the full-time programme, and €3,675 per annum for the two year, part-time programme for EU students. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations. 

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You can contact our Admissions Team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,500 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (https://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career.

Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Financial Technology. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

As this is an extremely specialised area of study advanced entry to any stage of the programme is not permitted.

Eligible applicants must hold a Primary Honours degree (level 8) of at least pass level in any discipline from a recognised third level institution granted by an institution recognised in the country where it operates. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the NARIC Ireland and/or NARIC UK which provides advice on the academic recognition of a foreign qualification by comparing it, where possible, to a major award at a certain level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Further Requirements

  • A completed application form

  • Primary source verified degrees and transcripts

  • Copies of any other supporting material, such as results of exams, honours, awards, etc.

  • Evidence of proficiency in English Language, in cases where the language of instruction during the undergraduate studies was not English.

  • If English is not the applicant’s first language, and s/he has not undertaken a previous degree taught in English, and has no mechanism of demonstrating their level of English, he or she must sit and obtain greater or equal to B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or an equivalent test and scores as approved by DBS.

  • Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

  • Students must have access to a suitable computer and broadband access to the internet.


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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Higher Diploma in Science in Financial Technology
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: Higher Diploma in Science in Financial Technology
Award Type: Major
Full-time: 1 year 
Part-time: 2 years
Next Intake: September 2024

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