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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 sector 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 financial analytics, advanced databases, disruptive technologies, web technologies and security while also offering applied skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, and financial applications. Its aim is to create a critical understanding of core financial technologies and financial systems while also enhancing the practical technical skills of the learners.

The specific programme aims are as follows:

- To enable learners to develop indepth knowledge and analytical skills in 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.

Programme Structure
The programme is structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a taught component, contributing 60 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus.

Full-time
For full-time students, the taught component consists of eight modules. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move to the dissertation stage.

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 Honours (2.2 or above) degree, graduates of a cognate discipline, or non-cognate with 2-3 years relevant industry experience.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in Fintech are:

- A minimum Second Class Level 8 Honours Degree (2.2) in a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution

OR

- An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA

- 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, residents 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
Career opportunities exist in banking, insurance, and technology companies as well as in innovative start-up situations.

In December 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

Stage 1
Principles of Finance & Financial Services
Fintech: Ecosystem & Innovation
Quantitative Financial Analysis
Risk Management & Cybersecurity
Fintech: Governance & Regulation
Applications in Entrepreneurial Finance
Big Data Fundamentals & Analytics
Digital Currencies & Blockchain Technologies

Stage 2
Fintech Applied 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 MSc in Fintech is an academic programme informed by the clinical and academic experience of the lecturers. Assessment is approached creatively with a range of assessment strategies including essay writing, in-class presentations, graded group dissertation and examinations. The assessment used depend on the individual modules.

Instructions and guidelines for all assessment are clearly communicated to students.

Enrolment and start dates

EU APPLICANTS
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and submit it online or 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 (birth certificate, drivers licence or 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

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements including English language if applicable.

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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