Edinburgh Napier University launches dedicated Fintech course

Source: Edinburgh Napier

Prospective students will have the chance to combine digital skills with the finance world after Edinburgh Napier launched a new dedicated Masters degree in Fintech.

The University’s Business School already has a wealth of courses on offer at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and the addition of the brand new Masters in Financial Technology is set to expand its portfolio even further.

The new MSc Financial Technology is an exciting hybrid drawing its content from both the University’s Business School and the School of Computing, the latter of which has an internationally-recognised reputation for research in cybersecurity. It’s open to anybody with a degree in a relevant subject, such as maths, computing or finance, or people with sufficient professional work experience in the industry.

Students will have the opportunity to study subjects such as financial management, data wrangling and transnational financial crime as they equip themselves with the knowledge of banking, cybersecurity and more in order to develop their technical awareness in the financial sector. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the management of online identity issues such as fraud.

Through the course, students will develop a deep understanding of the complexity of how international financial markets, banking and money transfer systems are affected by innovations in Fintech, leading them to potential careers in banks, financial institutions, regulatory agencies and beyond. They will also have the ability to focus on either finance or technology for their dissertation.

Gail Boag, Dean of Edinburgh Napier’s Business School, said: “As the only Scottish University to offer undergraduate degrees in Financial Services developed with input from leading Scottish financial institutions, I am delighted to see our leadership in this area grow with an exciting new course that cuts across traditional academic boundaries. Fintech has evolved to disrupt and reshape commerce and in particular financial services, gaining significant momentum. We are well placed to support this growing digital sector in Scotland combining expertise in finance and computing with practice and application.”

David Potter, Fintech programme leader at Edinburgh Napier, said: “The global phenomenon of Fintech is key to the successful future of all organisations, no matter what size and we’re delighted that Edinburgh Napier is investing in this area with the establishment of a new dedicated Masters course.”

Peter Cruickshank, director of Postgraduate Programmes at Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing, said: “This is a great example of how our university is responding to the convergence of finance and technology, and will equip students with the technical and data skills which are becoming essential for a career in finance.”

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