The integration of finance and technology has resulted in one of the most rapid and profound shifts in skills requirements within an industry in recent times. This rapid change required current and future employees in financial services to develop a capacity in the areas of finance, technology, regulation and data science to be able to effectively operate in the industry.
Moreover, employers continue to value employees that have developed advanced critical thinking, writing and research skills, and throughout the programme, learners have many opportunities to develop these important skills so that they emerge from the programme job-ready.
The taught component of this programme comprises core modules in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship in FinTech, Quantitative Financial Modelling, FinTech Regulation, Information and Cybersecurity Management, Distributed Ledger and Asset Tokenisation, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Applied Financial Analysis and Research Methods one and two.
To graduate with an MSc in Financial Technology the learner must complete 9 required modules (varying between 4 and 10 ECTS) and choose one of the capstone options, namely the Applied Research Project, the Dissertation or the Placement, each of which is 30 ECTS.
The specific programme objectives are as follows:
To enable learners to develop mastery of current and developing financial technologies
To provide learners with a deep and systematic knowledge of the management of Financial Technology in organisational and regulatory contexts
To facilitate the development by the learner of applied skills that are directly complementary and relevant to the workplace
To identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner
To develop in the learner a deep and systematic understanding of current issues of research and analysis
To enable the learner to identify, develop and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills
Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study
The structure of the curriculum reflects the core DBS strategic goal of producing work-ready graduates. This is achieved through our career-orientated teaching and learning approach. To this end the programme's curriculum is structured to facilitate students to learn in a practical, practice-based teaching and learning environment, supported by our commitment to academic quality, while delivering learning in innovative and engaging ways.
The approach to assessment is largely built around addressing challenges that mirror those that might be experienced while working at a fund.
The modules on the MSc in Financial Technology have been developed to ensure that the content is highly relevant and current, with feedback sought for a range of industry participants which was incorporated into the modules. The modules place significant focus on gaining practical skills that will greatly benefit the learner in their chosen career in Financial Technology.
The Master of Science (MSc) in Financial Technology has the following content:
FinTech: Markets & Services
Quantitative Financial Modelling
Information & Cybersecurity Management
Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
Research Methods I
Data Analytics & Machine Learning
Applied Financial Analysis
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in FinTech
Research Methods II
The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in FinTech are:
A Level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 or above in a cognate Science, technology, computing, business, finance or related) discipline, OR a Level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 or above in a non-cognate discipline with at least 2-3 years professional industry experience.
The evaluation of experiential learning will be determined on a case by case basis. In such instances an interview of the candidate may be required. Applicants will be required to complete the application form and provide written evidence as to their application for entry on to the programme with prior experiental learning. The DBS Quality Assurance Handbook details the exact procedure for evaluating such applications
In addition, for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not undertaken their undergraduate degree through English the following is required:
The minimum requirement for a non-native English speaker is greater or equal to B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for admission. Non?EU applicants, residents outside Ireland/EU, must apply directly to the International Admissions Office at DBS.
We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2023. Contact our admissions team for more information
Phone: 01 417 7500
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
This is a hybrid programme, which is delivered through face-to-face and synchronous delivery methods.
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At the time of writing (early 2022) there were significant opportunities both to enter the industry as well as clear paths for career progression.
On just a single recruiter's website (ie.indeed.com) there were 381 jobs available in the Dublin Area with the same search showing in excess of 500 jobs available on LinkedIn Jobs. Some examples of job titles graduates may wish to apply for are: Implementation Consultant, Blockchain Security Analyst, Blockchain and Disruptive Technology Lead.