Master of Science (MSc) FinTech

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

Overview

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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 program 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

Aims and Objectives

This is a new 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 financial analytics, advanced databases, disruptive technologies, web technologies and security while also offering applied skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, and financial applications. Its aim is to create a critical understanding 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 Risk Management, Cyber Security, Fintech Regulation, Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Financial Models, Applied Financial Analysis, Machine Learning, Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies, and Innovation in Financial Markets & Services. The programme aims and learning outcomes have been designed to reflect these specific areas.

 

The specific programme aims are as follows:

• To enable learners to develop in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in current and developing financial technologies

• To provide learners with a deep and systematic knowledge of the management of Financial Technology in organisational and regulatory contexts

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

• To identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner

• To develop in the learner a deep and systematic understanding of current issues of research and analysis

• To enable the learner to identify, develop and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills

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

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in FinTech are:

A Level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 or above in a cognate (science, technology, computing, business, finance or related) discipline, OR a Level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 or above in a non-cognate discipline with at least 2-3 years professional industry experience.

The evaluation of experiential learning will be determined on a case by case basis. In such instances an interview of the candidate may be required. Applicants will be required to complete the application form and provide written evidence as to their application for entry on to the programme with prior experiental learning. The DBS Quality Assurance Handbook details the exact procedure for evaluating such applications

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, residents outside Ireland/EU, must apply directly to the International Admissions Office at DBS.

Course Content

The Master of Science (MSc) in Financial Technology has the following content:

Stage 1

Stage 2  

Stage 3

FinTech: Markets & Services

Quantitative Financial Modelling

Information & Cybersecurity Management

Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies

Research Methods I

 

FinTech Regulation

Data Analytics & Machine Learning

Applied Financial Analysis

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in FinTech

Research Methods II

 

Applied Project

Assessment Methods

The programme teaching and learning strategy is designed to allow the learner to progress through the theoretical and practical concepts in an orderly and logical fashion. The assessment strategy is planned to ensure practical application of the core principles of the module and facilitates feedback, which underpins the overall learning experience.

The overall assessment strategy of the programme is a mixture of practical individual and/or group - project bases - continuous assessment, and where appropriate a final examination.

The programme emphasises the development and evolution of the skills and attributes relevant to the contemporary workplace, and the programme’s assessment strategy reflects this clear objective.

 

Structure 

The learners will complete the taught component of their Masters in Science in Fintech which includes didactic modules which forms the core of the subject knowledge and practical skills provision. It also includes the relevant depth of knowledge in the area of research methodologies in context to allow for the success completion of Applied Research Project.

The Applied Research Project module sees the learner demonstrating at the appropriate level their critical thinking in application of knowledge and skills acquired in the programme in the production of an artefact and the appropriate report to accompany it, which will outline the literature to support the need and validity of the artefact, the methodology and appropriate discussion as to its impact.

 

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. 

 

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €8,900 for one year, and €5,500 per annum for two years. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

Click here to view international fees. 

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

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Science (MSc) in FinTech. 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 related science/technology/computing/business/finance degree (level 8, 2.2 or higher) 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 are as follows:

 

  • 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.

    In the unlikely event that the programme is oversubscribed by qualified applicants at any time, places will be given to those who applied first.

     

    Students with Disabilities

    Dublin Business School welcomes students with disabilities onto the MSc in FinTech, but asks that they consider their future career in the area relative to the requirements 
    of working in the area. The College employs a Disabilities Coordinator based in the Student Services Department and appropriate supports in relation to teaching and 
    assessment are put in place. The Library also offers a wide range of supports to learners with disabilities.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2019

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: Master of Science (MSc) in FinTech
Award Type: Major
Duration: 
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

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