Financial Technology (FinTech) is one of the major revolutions in financial markets, with technology enhancing or replacing traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial activities.
Investment in the FinTech sector is rapidly increasing, and the FinTech industry, especially start-ups, faces technological, legal and regulatory challenges and unexpected events. Therefore, FinTech professionals are required to have analytical and critical thinking skills which help them find creative solutions to such problems.
This new Financial Technology (FinTech) programme from the University of Bradford will equip you with the tech skills, finance skills, and soft skills you'll need to build a career in the rapidly expanding financial technology field. As a graduate you will have the knowledge and understanding required to respond to the evolving requirements of employers within the wide range of industries related to financial technology.
In recent years investment in the FinTech sector has remarkably increased. According to KPMG (2019), global investment in FinTech companies hit $111.8 billion with 2,196 deals in 2018, which is almost double than 2017 in terms of volume of transaction. Also, the UK’s investment increased to $20.7B, up from $5.6B in 2017, accounted for the majority of FinTech funding for Europe.
FinTech has dramatically changed the financial service landscape. Financial institutions including banks are now offering an array of digital self-services, such as online banking and trading apps as well as digital tools for financial planning via social media and smartphones. Therefore, it is crucial for company’s personnel to stay up-to-date and relevant with cutting-edge technologies.
As FinTech gains momentum year-on-year, there is a huge demand for professionals with specific FinTech skills. These skills can be classified into three categories of tech skills, soft skills and finance skills.
Tech skills include ability in programming, solid understanding of databases, and working with big data etc. According to the World Economic Forum, data analysts and scientists, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning specialists, are the major emerging specialisms required by business in all sectors. Other key technological abilities needed in the FinTech sector in the short and long term include:
- Machine learning and cognitive computing
- Digital currencies and blockchain
- Big data analytics, optimisation and fusion
- Distribution systems, mobile payments and peer-to-peer applications
Finance skills required in the FinTech sector include understanding of financial markets, financial institutions, financial instruments, risk management, asset pricing and valuation.
However, a FinTech professional cannot succeed on the back of their technical or financial skills alone. You will also need to build a robust portfolio of soft skills to achieve long-term success in this industry, such as:
- People skills: emotional intelligence, communication & empathy
- Creativity & problem-solving Skills:
- Adaptability & flexibility
This programme has been designed to give you these skills. You will graduate as a well-rounded, critically-aware professional, able to pursue a career in this fast-growing and diverse sector.
- Financial Technology & Blockchain
- Business Data Analytics
- Quantitative Methods in Finance
- Financial Innovation & Value Creation
- Advanced Machine Learning & AI using R or Python
- Fintech Operational Risk, Technology Risk & Compliance
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesFinance Informatics & Information Technology Business Information Systems View 233 other Masters in Informatics & Information Technology in United Kingdom
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in any subject. Work experience is not required.
- Applicants with non-degree qualifications will be considered where they have relevant work experience (minimum 3 years full-time), and will be assessed on an interview basis.
International18566 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18566 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11610 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11610 GBP per year during 12 months.
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