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Introduction
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-toend 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 and technical skills of the learners.

The specific programme aims are as follows:

- Develop learners’ 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.

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

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

Part-time
For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over three 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

Suited to: Level 8 graduates of a cognate discipline, or non-cognate with 1-2 years relevant industry experience.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Science in Fintech are:

- Level 8 degree in a cognate discipline

OR

- 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 (CEFRL) for admission. Non-EU applicants, resident outside Ireland/EU, must apply directly to the International Admissions Office at DBS.

Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years, 2 evenings per week

Careers or further progression

Careers
Fintech has quickly become one of the biggest sectors in technology. From an employers’ 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 startups 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

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

Block One
Financial Services Innovation
Fintech Regulatory Environment

Block Two
Data Analytics
Fintech Operations

Block Three
Blockchain & e-payments
Capstone (Project)

Comment

Postgraduate School of Business and Law:
Built on a reputation of “Excellence through Learning”, the School of Business and Law prides itself on its ability to design and deliver programmes which are academically rigorous and innovative whilst ensuring they meet the demands of an ever changing global business community. The Postgraduate School of Business was launched on the strength of the College’s excellent reputation of delivering undergraduate business degrees. Opened in 1992 the School has expanded its suite of programmes to include Postgraduate Higher Diplomas, MSc and MBA across a variety of business disciplines including administration, marketing, HRM, business strategy, law, information technology and finance. As a student of Dublin Business School you will be a key participant and driver of your learning experience. You can expect to be constantly challenged and invited to participate in group discussion and presentations.

This is facilitated through our focus on individual attention to all our students. A key aspect of your development lies in the dedication of the faculty to your success. All faculty members are experienced tutors who are specialists in their chosen field. As well as being highly qualified academically, they also bring a wealth of industry experience to the classroom. Our tutors are actively engaged in consultancy and research and this feeds directly into your learning experience. With a dedicated postgraduate facility incorporating state-of-the-art classrooms, syndicate meeting rooms and a specialist library you will find yourself quickly becoming part of a community of likeminded people coming from diverse backgrounds which will further enhance both your academic and personal development during your time with us.

Assessment method

Assessment Methods
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.

Enrolment and start dates

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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