Fintech education programs and universities: it’s time to get a degree!

20 October 2017

Fintech is taking an impetuous pace, dynamically penetrating the daily lives of consumers through every available channel. People now may make payments from their messengers, social networks, tap and go in the physical stores, confirm transactions with a wink of an eye and more. Looks like it is high time for young adults about proper education in the fintech to bring the industry to new heights and open their own startup.

Oxford University

Oxford UniversityThis August Oxford University announced the launch of an online course to be conducted by its Saïd Business School in a move to tap into the fintech education trend, as financial technology startups are disrupting existent markets putting at risk a large number of conventional specialties. The Fintech Program course starting November 27, 2017 will last 10 weeks at a cost of £2500.

The curriculum will cover an array of current fintech topics focused on money, consumer experience, payments, regtech, proptech and financial inclusion. Within the framework of the training sessions, students will learn more about blockchain, crowdfunding, artificial intelligence and quantum computing led by Nir Vulkan, associate professor of Business Economics at Oxford Saïd and David Shrier, a CEO of Distilled Analytics.

Other professors to deliver lectures on the course will include academics from the UK and the US, Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Anne Boden, CEO at Starling Bank.

New York University Stern School of Business

New York UniversityThe New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, one of the oldest in the United States, founded in 1900, last year introduced a Fintech training course into its curriculum within the framework of its MBA degrees. Applicants for an MBA degree may select Fintech as their specialization studying either full-time or part-time.

Students enrolled for the Fintech MBA course will have lectures in a host of topics, including regulation and the impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial services industry, mobile payments, crowdfunding, trading strategies, transactions security, fintech analytics, fintech risk management, robo advisors, financial information systems and more.

University of Strathclyde Glasgow

University of Strathclyde GlasgowEarlier this year, UK-based University of Strathclyde announced the launch of a new course to obtain an MSc degree in the Fintech area. According to the University’s official news release, the course is provided by joint forces of two departments: Accounting & Finance and Management Science. Students are promised to obtain comprehensive knowledge and skills in all aspects of the financial technology market through an efficient combination of theory, practice and engagement.

The Fintech MSc course is scheduled to last 12 months and is aimed at full-time students with the final stage involving MSc dissertation during the summer. During the first semester of training students will attend lectures to gain basic understanding of finance and analytics in the context of fintech practices. During the second semester they will be deepening their knowledge and improving their skills in analytics methods, information systems and financial markets. Understanding of the theoretical part will be reinforced by experience.

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr UniversityIn late February 2017, North Wales Business School of Wrexham Glyndwr University, 9th largest university in Wales by the number of students, announced the introduction of the Fintech undergraduate course backed by the US investment bankers and Asian experts. The BSc Financial Technology Management course led by Anna Sung, a lecturer at Wrexham Glyndwr University, will be a full-time three year program. Students may also opt for a two-year accelerated course, saving on one year tuition fees.

The course will cost £9,295 per year for a full-time three year undergraduate program and will involve participation of a special steering group that will focus on ensuring conformity of the program training with the market needs and current trends in the industry. The steering group will be composed of high-profile specialists having an extensive experience in global investment companies, one manager from a Fortune 500 company, active scholars from the world’s top 100 universities and other experts. The course developers have included work-based learning into the program to allow students to be well-prepared for the job interview and work-ready.

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