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MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science)



COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

To be competitive in our modern financial industry, it is not enough for a scientist to know how to write software, nor is it enough that one can mathematically analyse markets based on simplifying assumption by ignoring the computation required.

Our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course give you the understanding of the specifics and the intricacies of financial and economics markets, the ability to apply advanced computing methods and the ability to design and program solutions that successfully exploit the synergy between finance, economics, and computation.

Our course will cover areas including:

  • financial markets
  • big data analytics
  • blockchain
  • AI
  • python programming

Our course will give you both the theoretical and technical skills that are specific for the finance industry, as well as transferable skills such as the ability to develop and present an argument, and the ability to work independently and in groups.

The MSc Financial Technology suite of courses has three unique variants for you to explore so you can tailor your master’s in financial technology to suit your interests and goals. In addition to our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course, there is also the option of MSc Financial Technology (Finance) and MSc Financial Technology (Economics), giving you the chance to specialise in your preferred area of study.

Your future

Our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course will equip you with the skillset at the intersection of computer science, economics, and finance. You’ll gain expertise that is in high demand in the finance industry in the UK and will become competitive in one of the primary recruiting sectors in the country and beyond.

With a skillset that combines both technical and analytical know-how from internationally known hubs within our university, our graduates will be able to find employment in very competitive financial institutions.

Which department am I in?

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,350.00 (US$ 24,549) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected October 2023


Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 from Bachelor degree.

For international students

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 degree in Computer Science, or a related subject such as: Engineering, Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics. We will accept graduates of any other degree that includes modules relating to Mathematics (calculus) or Econometrics (probability, statistics). IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5, TOEFL IBT 76 overall with minimum component scores: listening 17, reading 18, writing 17, and speaking 20.

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


About University of Essex

At Essex, students learn to think differently, find new ways of doing things and adopt new techniques for solving problems.

  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
  • Internationally diverse university

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