Lead innovation in financial technology.
Lead innovation in financial technology
Gain the level of in-demand quantitative and analytical skills needed to excel in the fintech and financial sectors
95% of our MSc Financial Technology class of 2020 were employed within six months of graduating
Course key facts
Minimum entry standard 2023
First or 2.1 from a recognised university in a highly quantitative discipline
Gain the in-demand quantitative and analytical skills - including coding and programming capabilities - you need to embark on a successful and exciting career in fintech or in the financial services sector.
Our exciting one-year MSc Financial Technology programme offers a wide range of electives that are continually updated to enable you to tailor your learning and match your career aspirations.
You'll get the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations, thanks to our London location and ongoing relationships with major employers in the finance sector.
This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.
Find out more about potential course changes.
Before the programme begins you will be expected to complete some pre-study modules which are delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s online learning environment.
These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.
Once you are on campus in September, the programme begins with the Foundations in Financial Technology 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.
- Applications of R and Databases for Finance
- Business Valuation
- Markets and Securities
- Data Structures and Algorithms with Python
Throughout the autumn, spring and summer terms, you will study core modules across key areas to build on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines.
- Accounting and Corporate Finance
- Big Data in Finance I
- Blockchain and Applications
- Ethics & Professional Standards in Finance (online)
- Financial Econometrics in R/Python
- Investments and Portfolio Management
- Mathematics for Finance
You will take four electives (if you undertake the Applied Project), or three electives (if you undertake the Research Project), from the following elective modules.
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Advanced Financial Statistics
- Asset Allocation & Investment Strategies
- Computational Finance with C++
- Text Mining for Economics and Finance
- C++ (Optional)
- Advanced Options Theory
- Applied Trading Strategies
- Big Data in Finance II
- Climate Finance
- Corporate Finance for Practitioners (international elective)
- Corporate Governance and Stewardship
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Fixed Income Securities
- Innovation and Strategy in FinTech
- International Finance
- Introduction to Quantitative Investing (international elective)
- Machine Learning and Finance
- Market Microstructure Trading and Liquidity
- Real Estate Investment
- Structured Credit and Equity Products
- Sustainable Investment
In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between undertaking two types of projects, in order to develop specialist skills and subject knowledge to benefit your future career.
You can either pursue an Applied Project together with an additional elective, or a traditional Research Project. If you have secured a work placement, with approval you will be able to link your project to the area of finance of the employer organisation.
- Applied Project
- Work Placement
- Research Project
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning methods
Presentations and seminars
Virtual learning environment
Work placement opportunity
Multiple choice tests
We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.
How to apply
If you are applying to the Business School, you may be considered for one course per admissions cycle. If you are applying for a Finance Master's, we will take your areas of interest and eligibility into account when considering you for alternative programmes.
Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.
If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.
The fee applies per application and not per course:
- £100 for all MSc applications to Imperial College Business School
- £150 for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School
There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.
If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver.
Find out more about the application fee and waiver
An ATAS certificate is not required for students applying for this course.
If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.
For 2022-23 entry, the maximum amount is £11,836. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Your future career
Analyse disruptive innovations, program live financial models, and evaluate investment decisions to gain expertise in financial technology.
Electives range from Fintech Innovation to Computational Finance with C++, offering a wide range of specialisations.
With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.
Investment banking, asset and investment management, and sales and trading are just some of your options.
Other potential career paths include corporate or retail banking, hedge funds, M&A, finance, accounting services, research, and private wealth management.
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