Master of Science (MSc) FinTech

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

Overview

Master of Science (MSc) FinTech | DBS 

The Master of Science in Financial Technology (90 ECTS, Level 9) was developed as an innovative programme intended to develop learners' skills in the area of Financial Technology. The integration of finance and technology has resulted in one of the most rapid and profound shifts in skills requirements within an industry in recent times. This rapid change required current and future employees in financial services to develop a capacity in the areas of finance, technology, regulation and data science to be able to effectively operate in the industry.


Moreover, employers continue to value employees that have developed advanced critical thinking, writing and research skills, and throughout the programme, learners have many opportunities to develop these important skills so that they emerge from the programme job-ready.

 

The taught component of this programme comprises core modules in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship in FinTech, Quantitative Financial Modelling, FinTech Regulation, Information and Cybersecurity Management, Distributed Ledger and Asset Tokenisation, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Applied Financial Analysis and Research Methods one and two.

 

To graduate with an MSc in Financial Technology the learner must complete 9 required modules (varying between 4 and 10 ECTS) and choose one of the capstone options, namely the Applied Research Project, the Dissertation or the Placement, each of which is 30 ECTS. 


The specific programme objectives are as follows:

  1. To enable learners to develop mastery of current and developing financial technologies 

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

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

  4. To identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner 

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

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

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

Delivery

This is a hybrid programme, which is delivered through face-to-face and synchronous delivery methods.

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 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 structure of the curriculum reflects the core DBS strategic goal of producing work-ready graduates. This is achieved through our career-orientated teaching and learning approach. To this end the programme's curriculum is structured to facilitate students to learn in a practical, practice-based teaching and learning environment, supported by our commitment to academic quality, while delivering learning in innovative and engaging ways.


The approach to assessment is largely built around addressing challenges that mirror those that might be experienced while working at a fund. 


The modules on the MSc in Financial Technology have been developed to ensure that the content is highly relevant and current, with feedback sought for a range of industry participants which was incorporated into the modules. The modules place significant focus on gaining practical skills that will greatly benefit the learner in their chosen career in Financial Technology.

 

Career Opportunities

At the time of writing (early 2022) there were significant opportunities both to enter the industry as well as clear paths for career progression. 

On just a single recruiter's website (ie.indeed.com) there were 381 jobs available in the Dublin Area with the same search showing in excess of 500 jobs available on LinkedIn Jobs. Some examples of job titles graduates may wish to apply for are: Implementation Consultant, Blockchain Security Analyst, Blockchain and Disruptive Technology Lead. 

 

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €8,995 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. 

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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

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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 2023

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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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
Next Intakes:
January 2023
September 2023

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