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What will I learn?

Overview

In the MSc Finance and FinTech programme, you will specialise in digital banking and payment systems, Python programming and finance applications of machine learning algorithms.

The advances in financial technology have brought about transformational changes in many branches of the finance industry. The introduction of blockchain technology and digital currencies have created a revolution in payment systems. It has also generated widespread disintermediation via peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding for firms, and online stockbroking and robo-advisory services for individual investors. Many of these innovations are based on the processing of large amounts of data (or “Big Data”) via machine learning algorithms.

In this MSc course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of big data in finance and insurance. You will also learn about emerging technologies including blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Through trading simulations, you will learn about securities, futures and options and algorithmic trading. In this MSc programme, you'll also explore FinTech regulation and the challenges posed by data protection and cyber security. You will have the opportunity to complete the KNIME Level 1 Certification and develop your proficiency in the open source platform for data driven innovation.

Continuing your career

Fintech brings together Finance and Technology. Through this course, you could find yourself working in exciting fintech start-ups or established banks. You can work in related organisations such as consultancies and regulators. You can also specialise in the technology side delivering new software and handling big data and machine learning algorithms. Alternatively, you can work on the finance side to win business, set up deals and deliver essential financial services to clients.

If you want to stay and work locally, London is not only a global finance hub but also a global fintech hub. It has a lively start-up scene and hundreds of mid-sized fintechs as well as major banks and asset managers. The ICMA Centre is a pioneer in finance education and renowned for its strong links with the financial services industry. If you plan to work elsewhere, acquiring this master’s qualification will impress potential employers.

Which department am I in?

ICMA Centre

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£25,300.00 (US$ 30,632) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

ICMA Centre

Whiteknights,

Reading,

RG6 6AH, England

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£25,300.00 (US$ 30,632) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

ICMA Centre

Whiteknights,

Reading,

RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have four year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with GPA of 3.0. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

Undergraduate Degree – Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Degree Discipline – Any degree discipline but must have a satisfactory level of numeracy and have basic knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics. IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0 in any sub-skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Reading

The University of Reading has great links to businesses and an international reputation for high-quality research and teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 20 per cent of universities worldwide
  • Approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • 98 per cent of the research rated internationally recognised
  • Over 21,000 students from over 165 countries

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