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Course summary

The MSc in Financial Technology will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the various analytical methods of financial technology, or 'FinTech', as well as knowledge of how these methods are utilised in practice in financial markets. The content will combine finance theory with extensive applications through to practical issues using real-world data. The programme includes units addressing the latest technological developments that have transformed many aspects of the finance industry such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, process automation, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, alongside units that cover the underpinning theory and practice of finance. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are reshaping the financial services sector and are being used across a range of applications including trading, portfolio construction and evaluation, risk management, financial intermediation and corporate finance. You will gain a broad, high-level overview of the impact that technology is having in reshaping many aspects of financial services. You will also develop specific practical skills in programming, statistical analysis and financial modelling, which will enable you to apply these technological innovations in a variety of contexts. This may include algorithmic trading, robo-advising, peer-to-peer lending, mobile payments, crowdfunding and digital currencies. The teaching will be research-led and undertaken by subject experts, involving a mixture of lectures and small-group tutorials as well as computer lab-based sessions for the completion of data-based case studies and applications. Industry-relevant skills are embedded in the units throughout the programme, which are practical in nature without compromising academic rigour.

Assessment method

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region:

Entry requirements

A strong upper second-class honours degree (65% or higher) or international equivalent in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Computing. OR If your degree subject is not listed above, you must have evidence of an upper second class honours degree which includes three units of mathematics (see Maths qualification requirements) with 60% or above (or international equivalent) in each unit. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies. For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies. We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply. We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following: - evidence of significant (minimum of 2 years in a paid role) relevant work experience in sectors such as Finance, Accounting, Economics, Investment. - a relevant postgraduate qualification. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £25900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £25900 Year 1
Scotland £25900 Year 1
Wales £25900 Year 1
Channel Islands £25900 Year 1
EU £37700 Year 1
International £37700 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.
Financial Technology at University of Bristol - UCAS