MSc Financial Technology

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your  teaching  will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.


Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date4 September 2020
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our new MSc in Financial Technology is designed to equip you with in-demand skills to pursue a career within the global fintech revolution.

You will gain the necessary quantitative and analytical skills, as well as the opportunity to code and improve programming capabilities.

Imperial’s Centre for Global Finance and Technology means that we are in a unique position to play an integral part in the global fintech revolution, and you will benefit from the expertise and research conducted by our internationally-renowned Department of Finance.

London is hailed as the global centre of fintech, with leading businesses in the sector choosing London as their home, creating a diverse fintech scene encompassing everything from mobile payments to digital currencies.

Study programme

You take a combination of core modules, a choice of major project, and optional modules.

You gain a strong foundation of knowledge, as well as practical experience and the opportunity to tailor your learning to meet your career ambitions. You will have an immersive learning experience as the latest market trends are brought to life and debated throughout the programme by highly regarded practitioners and guest speakers.

Toward the end of your studies, you choose between an Applied Project or Research Report.

Careers

This Master's degree provides the skills necessary to embark on a successful career in fintech or in the financial services sector.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

 

Structure

Core modules

  • Foundations in Financial Technology
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance
  • Foundations in Financial Technology
  • Accounting & Corporate Finance
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Financial Econometrics in R/Python
  • Blockchain and Applications
  • Big Data in Finance I
  • Big Data in Finance II

Projects

You will be able to choose between an Applied Project and of 3,000 words and a short presentation. Students on approved work placements may, with permission from the Programme Director, be allowed to write a report which incorporates their learning from their work placement.

Alternatively you can write and individual Research Project which is an original piece of work not exceeding 10,000 words. Students who complete a Research Project will be required to take one less elective. The is particularly suited to those students wanting to do a PhD after their MSc programme.

Non-assessed modules

  • Introduction to Maths
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Plagiarism Awarenss
  • Study Skills
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Accounting Primer
  • Finance Careers Primer

Optional modules

You choose two (Research project students) or three (Applied Project students) optional modules from below.

  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Asset Allocation & Investment Strategies
  • Computational Finance with C++
  • Derivatives Key
  • Text Mining for Economics and Finance
  • Advanced Corporate Finan
  • Advanced Options Theory
  • Applied Trading Strategies
  • Blockchain and Crypto Assets
  • C++ (Optional)
  • Corporate Governance and Stewardship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Insurance
  • International Finance
  • Introduction to Quantitative Investing (International Elective)
  • Machine Learning & Finance
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Innovation and Strategy in Fintech
  • Machine Learning & Finance
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Innovation and Strategy in Fintech

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Group work exercises
  • Formal presentations
  • Online discussion forums
  • Online lecture materials
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Individual Project
  • Work Placement Opportunity

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Continuous assessments
  • Written examinations/tests
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Formal Presentations
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Participation

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first or 2.1 degree in a highly quantitative discipline such as mathematics, engineering, economics, finance, science or a computational subject

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

For Business School courses, your first and second choices must be the same type of qualification (i.e. both MSc, both MBA or both MRes).

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry
£35,900 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry
£35,900 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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