Postgraduate Course

MSc Financial Technology

(Finance)

MSc Financial Technology

Overview

The details
Financial Technology (Finance)
October 2021
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

The MSc Financial Technology suite has three unique variants for you to explore so you can tailor your Masters in Financial Technology to suit your interests and goals. In addition to the MSc Financial Technology (Finance) variant, there is also the option of MSc Financial Technology (Economics) and MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science), giving you the chance to specialise in your preferred area of study.

The Finance variant of MSc Financial Technology is perfect for those with a basic understanding of coding, economics or finance. If you are particularly looking to work in the financial services sector, especially in parts of the sector that are concerned with developing and growing new technologies for use in finance, then this could be the course for you.

MSc Financial Technology (Finance) explores the new and innovative technologies that are currently being used and developed to advance the financial services sector. This includes exploring:

  • blockchain technologies
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence
  • application programming interfaces
  • cryptocurrencies
  • mobile banking and electronic payments
  • P2P lending
  • advisor automation
  • crowdfunding resources
  • big data solutions

Our MSc Financial Technology (Finance) is taught at Essex Business School, the largest department at the University of Essex. Our students and staff join us from all over the world and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.

Why we're great.
  • Benefit from round the clock access to our Bloomberg Financial Data Trading Floor and use XTrader and Matlab software to put your ideas into practice
  • We are one of the largest and most respected finance departments in the UK
  • Our teaching combines academic and industry expertise with lectures from City experts
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

By joining MSc Financial Technology (Finance) you join one of the UK’s largest finance groups, with a team of experts in an enormous range specialisms. You will be exposed to disciplines including: data analytics, global trading, risk management, investment banking, financial management, and more. Even if these are not part of your core programme, you will benefit from this diversity of interests, which reflect the breadth of contemporary banking and finance issues facing organisations today.

Our lecturers have presented their work at the likes of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve and are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:

  • business ethics
  • financial data analytics
  • corporate social responsibility
  • organisation studies
  • leadership and strategy
  • finance and banking
  • risk management
  • international management

You’ll be taught by our team of experts with both academic and industry experience, including Professor Franco Fiordelis. Franco is Professor of Banking and Finance at Essex Business School and is also the President of the Financial Intermediation Network of European Studies (FINEST). Professor Fiordelis has received many honors and awards for his scientific outputs and his university teaching skills. His research revolves around different aspects of bank management, financial risk management, and Fintech.

Our school is also home to Essex Finance Centre.

Specialist facilities

Our commitment to excellence in teaching extends to our working environment, with our landmark Colchester building providing excellent facilities to learn and socialise, including:

  • a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
  • an Eden-style dome and winter garden, which give the building its own micro-climate
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • Bonds café for meetings and socialising

Your future

Essex Business School is helping to create the business leaders of the future; those who are creative, innovative and ethically aware. 93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).

Many of our graduates enjoy careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy at some of the world’s most well-known organisations and exciting SMEs, including:

  • Groupon, a global e-commerce marketplace
  • KPMG Group, a multinational professional services network
  • Right Freight Pvt Ltc, an Independent freight forwarder
  • Copal Partners, a financial consultation agency
  • Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
  • Credit Data Research, a business funder

Many now also run their own growing businesses, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

MSc Financial Technology (Finance) students can also take advantage of the services offered by Student Development Career Services, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) degree in Finance or a related discipline such as Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or any other quantitative discipline. The degree should contain components relating to mathematics (calculus), quantitative finance/methods or econometrics (probability, statistics).

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
(40 CREDITS)

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce a 10,000 word independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You're assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Computational Market Microstructure for FinTech and the Digital Economy
(20 CREDITS)

Equip yourself with principles of allocation and mechanism design from an operational perspective. Auction design and market microstructure of the stock market, liquidity provision in electronic financial markets such as dark pools, and capital adequacy of centralized clearing platforms are some of the specific applications that will be studied in the first part of this module. During the second part, you will be introduced to complexity economics of self-organisation, network modules, and strategic proteanism. Finally, you'll use network models to study economic interactions.

View Computational Market Microstructure for FinTech and the Digital Economy on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Introduction to Programming in Python
(20 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to computer programming for students with little or no previous experience. The Python language is used in the Linux environment, and students are given a comprehensive introduction to both during the module. The emphasis is on developing the practical skills necessary to write effective programs, with examples taken principally from the realm of data processing and analysis. You will learn how to manipulate and analyse data, graph them and fit models to them. Teaching takes place in workshop-style sessions in a software laboratory, so you can try things out as soon as you learn about them.

View Introduction to Programming in Python on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: CORE

Data Analytics in Finance
(20 CREDITS)

Big data - where datasets are so large they cannot be processed using traditional techniques – is useful to financial organisations. This module explores how to analyse big data and covers areas such as predictive analytics, risk modelling and corporate finance. You also learn about the application of data analytics in high frequency finance, fraud and personal finance.

View Data Analytics in Finance on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Financial Technology and Innovation (Fintech)
(20 CREDITS)

Financial technology (FinTech) is rapidly changing the financial services industries. The module provides an introduction to FinTech by analysing its impact on major banking and financial activities. Specifically, the module illustrates the effect of FinTech on lending activities (P2P lending, crowdfunding) and credit evaluation tools (big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence tools), investment activities (trading and robo-advising), payments (crypto currencies and new payment tools), insurance (InsureTech). In final, the module analyses the topic of ethics and regulation of FinTech.

View Financial Technology and Innovation (Fintech) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: OPTIONAL

Options from list
(60 CREDITS)

Teaching

  • Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
  • Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • We run an open seminar series

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£12,410

International fee

£19,380

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

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At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.


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