Institution / National College of Ireland


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 course will typically appeal to those who possess a level 8 qualification in any discipline and wish to transfer into the world of fintech. This interdisciplinary course will appeal to graduates with a level 8 qualification in areas like finance, computing and business seeking to enter the fintech domain; and industry practitioners seeking to gain an introduction and exposure to the fintech domain. Nonetheless, it is noted that the course is technical in nature and will entail a significant amount of independent study. Given the content and the timescale you will need to have a strong commitment to the course and a willingness to fully engage with the technical content.

Higher Diploma in Science in Fintech as awarded by QQI at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Entry requirements

A level 8 degree or its equivalent in a non-cognate discipline. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.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. This may be assessed through an interview and assessment.

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.


Part-time Schedule

Indicative Schedule Monday, Wednesday & Friday 18.00 – 22.00 (Every second week Monday will be a 17.00 start)

Duration This course is 3 semesters delivered over 1 calender year

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The fintech area is an area of rapid growth and significant job opportunity and this programme will give you the skills and a recognised qualification to avail of these opportunities. This course has been designed in consultation with industry to provide graduates with relevant skills. It can equip you for roles such as business analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, quantitative first and second tier support, back, and mid-office analytics, portfolio analyst, funds analyst and risk analyst.

Subjects taught

Course Content for students taking the one year programme

Semester 1
• e-Finance and Services
• Business Data Analysis
• Data Governance and Cybersecurity
• Career Bridge

Semester 2
• e-Contacts and Payment
• Financial Data Analysis
• An Introduction to digital forensic and Auditing (elective)
• Domain Specific Skills in Fintech (Elective)
• Contemporary Topics in Fintech
Seminar (elective)

Semester 3
• Project


Location: IFSC Campus

Assessment method

The course will be assessed with a blend of continuous assessments and/or project work and exams. This varies between modules but typically assessment is 40%-60% continuous assessment and 40%-60% exam. Please note that in some instances exams may take place in the daytime and at weekends.

Course fee

€4,500 (Fees revised annually)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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