MSc Financial Technology

Gain the in-demand skills needed to pursue a career within global fintech

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateSeptember 2022
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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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.


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

Find out more about MSc Financial Technology


This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

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.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.


Core modules

  • Accounting and Corporate Finance
  • Big Data in Finance I
  • Blockchain and Applications
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance (online)
  • Financial Econometrics in R/Python
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Mathematics for Finance


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.

  • Applied Trading Strategies
  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Advanced Options Theory
  • Asset Allocation & Investment Strategies
  • Big Data in Finance II
  • Computational Finance with C++
  • Corporate Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
  • Corporate Governance and Stewardship
  • Derivatives
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Innovation and Strategy in FinTech
  • Insurance
  • International Finance
  • Introduction to Quantitative Investing (International Elective)
  • Machine Learning and Finance
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Text Mining for Economics and Finance


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.


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 ICBS 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 Business School applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View Imperial College Business School's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Imperial College Business School

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

If you are applying to the Business School, you may only be considered for one programme per admissions cycle, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who may select two programmes.

Application fee

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:

  • £80 for taught Master's applications (excluding MBAs)
  • £135 for MBA applications

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

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, visas and more.

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Tuition fees and funding

The fees for MSc Financial Technology are the same for UK and international students.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Postgraduate Master's loan

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.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships 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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