Financial markets are becoming ever more innovative and dynamic, with the growth of financial technology, or Fintech, helping to accelerate that change. Studying this course should help prepare you for a career in Fintech, or provide you with the knowledge needed to operate effectively in other financial sectors being disrupted by technology.
With a focus on the practical application of theory, this course seeks to develop the skills needed by the modern finance graduate, offering a grounding in financial theories coupled with developing the digital fluency needed to apply them to the rapidly changing finance sector. So, alongside developing and expanding your knowledge in key theories such as asset pricing or corporate governance, the course also focuses on financial technology, big data analytics, and the management of risk in digital environments.
During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on training in programming using Python and/or R, big data analytics and data mining, as well as having access to Coventry Business School’s Trading Floor (subject to availability), which utilises market leading databases such as Thomson Reuters Eikon, Bloomberg and Fitch Connect. You’ll also be taught by academics with industry experience, alongside those with research expertise in the world of finance, and have the opportunity to extend your course with professional experience.
Professional experience option
This master’s programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a professional experience opportunity during your first semester with us. The professional experience opportunity is designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects.
Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee, which for 1 semester of professional experience is £1,333.33, for 2 semesters of professional experience is £2,666.67, and for 3 semesters of professional experience is £4,000.
Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed, and while you will be responsible for sourcing any opportunity, you will have the support of our Talent Team in doing so. This is subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply. Find out more about the professional experience option or use our enquiry forms for UK and for EU/International students to ask any questions.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The MSc FinTech is designed to prepare graduates for exciting potential future careers, in sectors such as investment banking, financial services, and financial technology. It aims to provide a solid grounding in key areas of financial theory, such as derivatives, corporate finance and quantitative methods, before focusing more directly on financial technology, offering an overview to the rapidly growing sector, as well as how to manage risk within it, and how it can be applied in a practical sense to financial firms and their activities.
The course also offers the chance to undertake a practical module on data analytics, Data Analytics using Python/R, which is designed to prepare you for the increasing importance of the skill in the modern financial world. Incorporating programming languages such as Python and/or R, which are focused on data science, the module will allow you to develop your ability to extract, manipulate and evaluate financial data from multiple sources, utilising computing techniques, to draw reasoned and relevant conclusions.
Developing professional skills are also an important part of studying at Coventry University. This course has an embedded module accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Global Professional Development – Consultancy, which, upon successful completion, can give you a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, as long as you meet the CMI’s evidence requirements. Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details. Alongside this, there are also opportunities to embed professional experience into your course, either through the Project module, which could see you undertake an internship with a host company as part of your project, or through extending your course with the professional experience option.
Please note that any internships within the Project module are subject to availability, a competitive application process and meeting any applicable visa requirements. For more information on the professional experience option please see the Overview tab.
Why choose this course?
Fintech is a rapidly growing sector, with investment in financial technology increasing by more than 2,200% between 2008 and 2015, to a total figure of more than $22 billion. The sector covers startups as diverse as Klarna, who provide online payment solutions, and Xero, a fast growing online accounting software firm, to established financial institutions, who are investing heavily in technology to improve their services.
By studying this course, you have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work across the Fintech sector. Alongside an understanding of key financial theories, and how technology can disrupt and improve them, you will have the chance to learn the key skills needed for a future career in a fast moving, innovative sector, such as leadership, an ability to embrace and manage change, and skills in analysing data to inform decision making.
Financial services are also global by nature, and financial technology is no different, with key clusters of activity around major financial centres such as London, New York and Hong Kong. However, there are also growing financial technology clusters in cities such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, as well as in countries in South-East Asia, such as the established centre of Singapore and more emerging markets like Vietnam and Indonesia. With this global footprint, and a diverse, international workforce, graduates entering the industry are expected to have a strong international outlook, with the ability to work effectively with colleagues from different cultures. By studying at Coventry Business School, you have the opportunity to be part of a typically diverse learning environment, both amongst students and staff, and also have the opportunity to attend field trips at both a school level, as well as at a university level.
Taught by an academic team with a mix of industry and research experience, and with teaching informed by the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity research centre, this course offers a strong mix of theory and practical application, in an internationally diverse environment, which should help support you as you look to progress into a career in the Fintech sector, or in finance more broadly. Please note staff may be subject to change.
Please note that international opportunities and field trips are not guaranteed and may be subject to additional fees, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements.
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