Finance, stereotypically is seen as a highly regulated industry dominated by banks that resist disruption and change. However, finance is now riding an entrepreneurial wave due to an influx of highly available and powerful computing resources and electronic services, accessible forms of data analytics, and disruptive technologies like BitCoin, WePay and Kickstarter. This course will provide you with the latest knowledge and competencies at the intersection of finance and technology; the rapidly evolving area that is FinTech.

NCI is perfectly placed to deliver an industry-focused programme inspired by its location at the heart of the International Financial Services Centre. The course is completely delivered by faculty and industry practitioners with established experience in the FinTech domain.

Who is the course for?
This interdisciplinary course will appeal to graduates of finance, computing and business seeking to enter the area of FinTech; and industry practitioners seeking to gain insightful experience and exposure to the FinTech domain and its associated areas of, for example, data analytics, electronic services, e-Cash, as well as related future and emerging technologies.

Award and Progression
The Master of Science in FinTech is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework for Qualifications (subject to QQI validation). Students who successfully complete this course may progress to a major award at level 10 on the NFQ.

Laptop Requirements
This programme has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a laptop computer with a substantial hardware configuration. A suitable configuration is 6GB of RAM (8GB or more are recommended); a 64-bit x86 processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent, installed release of Windows operating system. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure their laptop is functioning correctly and that they have full administrator rights to the machine. NCI IT cannot provide support for personal devices.

Entry requirements

A level 8 degree (2.2 award) or its equivalent in one or more of the following domains: computing science, finance, business or economics. Cognate disciplines will also be considered. Note that applicants lacking both a clear financial and technology component may still be eligible, but will be subject to review. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme - meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic entry requirements, may be considered based on relevant work or other experience. Non-English speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS academic score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.


Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Two evenings per week, 18.00 - 22.00 and some Saturdays

Duration 2 years; 4 semesters with a final research project

Full-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Students need to be available 09.00-18.00 Mon – Fri. (Class days and times vary)

Duration 1 year; 2 semesters and a final research project

Careers or further progression

Students who successfully complete this course may progress to a major award at level 10 on the NFQ.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Contact:
The Admissions Team
Telephone: 1850 221 721

Subjects taught

Year 1-2
• Financial Markets
• Data Analytics
• Data Governance and Compliance
• Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
• Financial Analytics
• Blockchain Technologies
• Contemporary Topics in Fintech
• Digital Forensics and Auditing - Elective
• Crowd Markets - Elective
• Entrepreneurship in Fintech
• Research Project


Location: IFSC Campus

Course fee

€4,475 per annum €8,950 total fee (Fees revised annually)

€6,500 total fee (Fees revised annually)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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