Programme

MSc Financial Technology programme content

MSc Financial Technology brings together highly relevant modules and electives to provide you with key quantitative and analytical skills, knowledge of the financial sector and provides practical experience through immersive learning. The skills you will gain are in demand from top recruiters in fintech, and you will graduate prepared to embark on a rewarding fintech orientated career in the financial services sector.

The programme will enable you to understand, execute and possibly develop disruptive financial innovations using appropriate tools and techniques. You will be able to demonstrate analytical skills to create, manage and interrogate large data sets applicable to the finance sector and build up a critical awareness of current issues in the fintech landscape. A range of programming tools will facilitate live implementations of financial models and allow you to analyse and evaluate investment decisions and data.

Programme structure

Pre-study modules
Before the programme begins you will start developing your knowledge and skills by studying a series of online pre-study modules, delivered through The Hub, our purpose-built learning environment.

Foundation module
Once you are on campus in September, the programme begins with a foundation module, made up of six components that introduce the tools of modern finance, enhance your programming knowledge and help you to develop your commercial awareness and career development skills.

Core modules
Throughout the year, you will study core modules across key areas such as Accounting, Systematic Trading Strategies, Big Data, Financial Econometrics, Investment Management and Empirical Finance to build on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines.

Electives
Customise your degree to meet your personal career ambitions by choosing from a range of electives, including a variety of options that are shared with other Finance Master’s programmes.

Project
You will choose between two types of research projects, in order to develop specialist skills and subject knowledge to benefit your future career.

Timetable

The MSc Financial Technology is a one year, full-time intensive programme. The normal working week is Monday to Friday. Classes will be scheduled between 08.30 and 21.00 and students should expect to attend one evening class per week, and other optional activities such as guest lectures or alumni and careers events may be scheduled in the evening.

Software facilities

MSc Financial Technology students have access to the following software facilities:

  • Bloomberg: 12 Bloomberg terminals are provided across two computer rooms. Bloomberg is the main source of real-time data for traders and asset managers in the world’s leading financial organisations. Bloomberg provides very detailed information on a range of cash equities and bonds as well as derivatives.  The historical range of data is limited but data services such as Datastream are a good complement for this purpose.
  • Reuters Eikon: Reuters Eikon is similar to Bloomberg in that it provides real-time data for a very large number of cash securities and derivatives. Imperial College Business School provides a small number of licenses for students that require this service. Reuters Eikon is particularly comprehensive in the area of foreign exchange data but contains very useful information on all other asset classes as well as inclined bonds, equities and commodities
  • Datastream: Datastream is one of the best sources for long-term historical data for cash securities and derivatives as well as detailed company information. It contains longer time-series than many of the real-time data services.

Candidates that fail to successfully complete this degree are not entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.