AltFi Insights: Here’s which UK universities have Fintech courses

By Oliver Smith on 22nd July 2019

Fintech

The degrees and postgraduate courses trying to capitalise on the interest in financial technology.

AltFi Insights: Here’s which UK universities have Fintech courses
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Oxford University made waves in 2017 with the announcement that its Saïd Business School would begin offering a remotely-taught 8-week Fintech short course in partnership with GetSmarter.

Fast-forward two years and today fintech courses and modules are fast becoming a staple at many of the leading UK universities.

But which universities are embracing fintech in their curriculum, and at what academic level? 

I thought it might be interesting to look across the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and further education landscape to see just what’s on offer across UK higher education.

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Many universities, especially at undergraduate level, hide their modules on PDFs or behind login gates, making them difficult to discover. The list also explicitly looks for the terms “fintech” or “financial technology” in course descriptions, many other courses cover fintech without using those phrases. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and I’ll gladly update this list.

A few takeaways from compiling this list:

  • There is only one university offering a degree in fintech at undergraduate level, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, most others offer it as an optional module in their finance or accounting courses.

  • Postgraduate study is really where fintech has taken off, with many universities now offering a Masters in fintech or financial technology.

  • Things get very expensive in further education, with fintech courses from Oxford and Imperial coming with eye-watering price tags (quelle surprise).

 

Undergraduate-level

 

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Course: Financial Technology (Fintech) Management

Length: 3 years (full-time)

Cost: £9,000/year

 

Ulster University

Course: BSc Hons Financial Technology

Length: 4 years (part-time)

Cost: £5,625 (typical total fee for part-time course)

 

Bangor Business School

Course: Bangor Business School (optional on all courses)

Module: Financial Technology (ASB-3008)

Length: 1 semester (22 hours of contact time)

Credits: 10

 

University of Greenwich 

Course: Accounting and Financial Information Systems, BA Hons

Module: FinTech Fundamentals (FINA1137)

Length: 1 semester

Credits: 30

 

University of Sussex

Course: Finance and Business

Module: Introduction to FinTech (N1624)

Length: 1 semester (33 hours of contact time)

Credits: 15

 

Queen Mary University of London

Course: Banking and Finance Law/Commercial and Corporate Law

Module: Banking and FinTech Law

Length: 1 semester

Credits: 30

 

Postgraduate-level

 

University of Sussex

Course: Fintech, Risk and Investment Analysis MSc

Length: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £11,450

 

Henley Business School | University of Reading

Course: MSc Finance and Financial Technology

Length: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £16,500

 

Imperial College London

Course: MSc Financial Technology

Length: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £34,500

 

University of Huddersfield

Course: Fintech MSc

Length: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £8,500

 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Course: MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)

Length: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £9,250

 

UWE Bristol

Course: MSc Financial Technology

Course length: 1 year (full-time)

Course cost: £9,500

 

University College London | School of Management

Course: MSc Entrepreneurship

Module: Fintech Entrepreneurship (MSIN0089)

Module credits: 15

Course length: 1 year (full-time)

Course cost: £14,960

 

University College London | School of Management

Course: MSc Finance

Module: Fintech (MSIN0162)

Module credits: 7.5

Course length: 1 year (full-time)

Course cost: £29,220

 

Further education

 

University of Oxford

Course: Oxford Fintech Programme

Course length: 8 weeks

Course cost: £2,650

 

University of Oxford

Course: Oxford Fintech Lab

Course length: 4 days

Course cost: £4,950

 

Imperial College London

Course: Fintech - Innovative Banking Course

Course length: 2 days

Course cost: £2,950

 

Bangor Business School

Course: MBA Finance

Module: Financial Technology (ASB-4008)

Module credits: 15

Course length: 1 year (full-time)

Course cost: £13,000

 

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Comments

Oliver Smith

23 Jul 2019 10:46am

@Katie, thanks I've added that one to the list!

Katie

23 Jul 2019 10:00am

Ulster University in Northern Ireland recently launched a part time BSc Hons in Financial Technology: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/edlink/home/bsc-hons-financial-technology

Helene Panzarino

22 Jul 2019 08:47am

Many thanks. I lead and/or co-lead on two of courses here (Masters UCL & Exec Ed Imperial), have taught on Masters at Imperial and guest lectured on Oxford MBA. What is always great to see is how FinTech founders, regulators & incumbents give of their time to a knowledge hungry student body. Thank you to all. There will be at least 4 new full year courses in 2020, so it’s now established in the curriculum.