Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech.


Technological innovation applied to financial services has created a wave of disruptive activity that will change the shape of the global financial system over the next decade.

This has created demand from graduates and employees for programmes specifically tailored to the skills required for a changing financial services industry.

This is an interdisciplinary programme that focuses on finance, data analytics and computing. It is designed to appeal to graduates seeking to gain exposure to FinTech - the technology enabled business model innovation in the financial sector.

Aims and Objectives

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end-to-end covering a wide range of financial technology topics, whilst providing a focus on application and the regulation required in this area. The programme focuses on practical skills in core areas such as data & financial analytics, e-Finance, financial services and cybersecurity while also offering applied skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, and financial applications. Its aim is to create a mastery of core financial technologies and financial systems while also enhancing the practical technical skills of the learners.

The specific programme aims are as follows:

•Develop learner's criticality in order to analyse industry trends in Fintech

•Provide learners with a platform to develop the requisite knowledge and technical skills in current and developing financial technologies

•Prepare learners to work effectively and collaboratively in the execution of common goals

•Provide learners with systematic knowledge of the management of Financial Technology in organisational and regulatory contexts

•Facilitate the development by the learner of applied skills that are directly complementary and relevant to the workplace

•Identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner

•Enable the learner to identify, develop and apply analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills

•Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study.


The programme is structured to deliver the taught component, contributing 60 credits in one year full time and 2 years part time.


For full-time students, the taught component consists of six modules.


For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.

The course has six key components:

1. Class room lectures

2. Case Based learning

3. Practical Skills Sessions

4. Workshops

5. Tutorials

6. Individual and Group work

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech are a Level 8 degree in a cognate discipline OR a Level 8 degree in a non-cognate discipline with 1-2 years professional experience in a related industry. Due to the mathematical nature of the content candidates will be required to show sufficient competency in mathematics.

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, resident outside Ireland/EU, must apply directly to the International Admissions Office at DBS.


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

FinTech has quickly become one of the biggest sectors in tech. From an employer perspective, there are a number of companies looking for graduates with these skills in the short and medium term. Career opportunities exist in banking, insurance, and technology companies as well as in innovative start-up situations.

December 13th 2016, Minister Eoghan Murphy TD, unveiled 10 FinTech start-ups ready to launch in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. It is estimated that from start-ups to multinationals, as many as 5,000 new jobs could be created in the Irish FinTech sector by 2020.

Further enquiries

Contact Us


Phone: 01 417 7500

Opening times:

Monday to Friday

8:45am to 5:15pm

Subjects taught

The Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech has the following content:

Block I

Financial Services Innovation

Fintech Regulatory Environment

Blcok II

Data Analytics

Fintech Operations

Block III

Blockchain & e-payments

Capstone (Project)


Awarding Body:

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Award: Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech

NFQ Level: Level 8

Award Title: Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech

Award Type: Major

Assessment method

The Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech is an academic programme informed by the clinical and academic experience of the lecturers. Modules will be delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and teaching will focus on the learner applying problem solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. Assessment methods include in-class tests and MCQS, presentations, analysis of case studies, assignments and project work.

Application date

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information.


Phone: 01 417 7500

Opening times:

Monday to Friday

8:45am to 5:15pm

All Non EU overseas international students need to send their application to:

International Department

Dublin Business School

13/14 Aungier Street

Dublin 2, D02 WC04,


T: + 353 (0) 1 4177500


Next Steps

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Financial Technology. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

As this is an extremely specialised area of study advanced entry to any stage of the programme is not permitted.

Eligible applicants must hold a Primary Honours degree (level 8) of at least pass level in any discipline from a recognised third level institution granted by an institution recognised in the country where it operates. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the NARIC Ireland and/or NARIC UK which provides advice on the academic recognition of a foreign qualification by comparing it, where possible, to a major award at a certain level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Further Requirements

• A completed application form

• Primary source verified degrees and transcripts

• Copies of any other supporting material, such as results of exams, honours, awards, etc.

• Evidence of proficiency in English Language, in cases where the language of instruction during the undergraduate studies was not English.

• If English is not the applicant's first language, and s/he has not undertaken a previous degree taught in English, and has no mechanism of demonstrating their level of English, he or she must sit and obtain greater or equal to B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or an equivalent test and scores as approved by DBS.

• Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

• Students must have access to a suitable computer and broadband access to the internet.

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