The operation of financial markets and the delivery of financial services impact a variety of real-world issues including job creation and credit approval. Our vocationally minded new Fintech MSc addresses the knowledge gap created by the pace of technological transformation in financial services and markets.
Finance, Technology and Policy Programme Structure
An overview of the MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.
This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.
A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.
Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.
Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.
To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2019/20.
- Data Value Chains to Constellations
- Financial Markets and Investment
- Financial Valuation
- Market Design and Policy
- Python Programming
- Learning by Action in FinTech
- Introductory Applied Machine Learning
- Modelling, High Frequency Trading and the Sociology of Finance
- Modern Financial Market Microstructure
Option Courses (Choose 2?3*)
- Behavioural Finance
- Blockchain and Cryptofinance
- Blockchain, Governance and Policy
- Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
- Financial Engineering
- Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship
- Investment Management
- Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law
- Optimisation Methods in Finance
- SAS Programming for Financial Analysis
- Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
- The Human Factor: Working with Users
Dissertation (MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy)
Details of the Dissertation
*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.
The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.
Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.
Core and Elective Courses
Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.
Finance, Technology and Policy Degree Programme Table
Expand Your Skills
Graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Our dedicated Student Development Team within the Business School will be an integral part of your student experience from day one. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.
Students graduating from this programme will be equipped to apply for a broad range of positions. These include posts as:
- Product Developers
- Fund Managers
- Product Development Team Leads in FI Trading/Investment
Further opportunities include positions within:
- Market and Consumer Research enterprises
- Regulatory agencies
- Government ministries and departments
- Financial Technology product-based firms
- Voluntary Sector
Student Development Team
The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.
In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:
- Team working
- Job search strategies
- Presentation skills
- Self awareness
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For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:
- CV and application advice
- LinkedIn profile reviews
- Careers guidance
- Interview or assessment centre practice
For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.
All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:
- Guest Lecturers
- Group Consultancy Projects
- Career Lounges
- Company Sponsored Dissertations
We aim to provide our students with interaction across a wide range of businesses, gaining valuable insight into their operations, advice from their key decision makers as well as the opportunity to work on 'real life' projects proposed by our industry partners.
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Edinburgh Award for Professional Development
As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.
By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.
The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.
In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Email Our Student Development Team
Engagement with Industry
The MSc in Finance, Technology & Policy programme has a number of exciting partnerships with industry, consultants, government agencies and NGOs.
Our MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy applies principles of financial economics, sociology, and practical programming and big data analysis to help students focus on solving real problems and developing the skillsets that are relevant for employers now and in the future. Students can also tailor their degrees to include other relevant aspects of operating within the Fintech space.
Students will have the opportunity to work with industry partners to develop cutting edge solutions to live challenges as part of student consultancy projects sponsored by financial and technology institutions. These course elements open up a host of opportunities from networking with potential employers, applying learning and being able to include this in job applications, to developing new concepts that could potentially be the basis for starting your own business.
The Edinburgh Futures Institute
This Master's degree is being launched as part of the newly established Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University. Although led by the Business School, this programme is drawing on the expert knowledge and research from across a number of disciplines within the University allowing for students to benefit from different approaches and viewpoints on how to tackle complex problems such as the ones being faced globally by the financial markets and financial services firms. We have also sought and received input in the development of the programme from industry partners including FinTech Scotland and its members.