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Programme Overview


Manner of instruction delivery

MSc Financial Technology (Fintech) aims to give you the knowledge and skills required to work in the new and emerging fintech sector. Many fintech companies are small start-ups so business and entrepreneurial skills are important. Fintech is a disruptive technology, bringing great changes to the ways that banks and insurance companies operate. You’ll be taught innovation management techniques to immediately make a difference in any organisation or company you work for.

Of course, Fintech is also about technology and our graduates will be able to design and implement software applications that will take advantage of the new open banking regulations. You’ll also have the data analytics and machine learning skills required by new data driven models of financial services provision

Awarding Body UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
Programme Duration & Mode Full-Time : 12 months Part-Time : 12 months

Eligibility

Age Requirement

  • 20 years old

Academic Requirements

A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent, in either a numerate subject such as Maths, Computing and Engineering, or a Business and Finance subject. Some experience of computer programming is also required.

Mature Applicants

Candidates who are at least 30 years of age with at least 8 years of working experience may apply for admission as Mature Applicant.

To qualify as a mature applicant, you are required to submit a Personal Statement of not more than 200 words and 2 Referee Reports from at least one employer. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or above
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

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Course fees: 20000 for both local and international

Course Application fee:

Course Application Fee* Local Students : S$150 (Onetime Only)
International Students : S$350 (Onetime Only)
Note:
  •  Course application fee is non refundable. 
  •  Fees indicated are exclusive of GST.


  • Course Fees
  • Miscellaneous Fees
  • Curriculum / Programme & Award Structure

Fees Breakdown

Total Payable (S$)

 

Local

International

Tuition fee

20000

20000

Total Course Fees Payable

20000

20000

Note:

(i.)Course Fee is inclusive of Tuition Fees, Exam Fees (one time) and 1 Laptop* or Ipad*
(ii.) FPS Insurance premiums are paid by Amity, unless stated in the Student Contract which has to be paid by the student separately.
(iii.) Fees indicated are exclusive of 7% GST
(iv. ) Payment Mode
  • Cash
  • Cheque (Payable to : Amity Global Institute Pte Ltd)
  • ATM Transfer
  • Internet Banking and Telegraphic Transfer (TT) directly to
  • Bank Name : DBS Bank Ltd
  • Account Name : Amity Global Institute Pte Ltd
  • Account Number : 003-923926-2
  • Bank Code : 7171
  • Branch Code : 003
  • Swift Address : DBSSSGSG
  • Bank Address : DBS Shenton Way Branch, 6 Shenton Way DBS Building Tower 2, Singapore 068809

Students should email (email address: accounts1@singapore.amity.edu) and notify Amity immediately of any payment made via ATM Transfer, Internet Banking and TT.


*Terms and Conditions:
  1. iPad / Laptop will be given to students who have enrolled in the following:
    • University of Stirling -- Bachelor degrees starting at Year 1 or Year 2 only
    • University of Stirling – Master degrees full-time students only
  2. Students who are on Scholarship / Discount are not be eligible for iPad / Laptop.
  3. Students who are eligible must specify their choice for iPad or Laptop during Admission.
  4. iPad / Laptop will be issued within 3 weeks after class commencement with payment of FULL course fee or 1st Instalment (for courses more than 12 months duration) and subject to availability of stock.

Curriculum / Programme & Award Structure

Core
Blockchain Technologies
(10 credits)
Cyber Security
(10 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Banking 
(20 credits)
Dissertation
Project
(60 credits)
Data Analytics
(20 credits)
Mobile Financial
(20 credits)

2 Choose 1  (20 credits)

4 Choose 1  (20 credits)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Representing and Manipulating Data
  • Professionalism, Regulation and Ethics
  • Innovation Management
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Investment Regulation and Ethics

Module Outline

Blockchain Technologies Core : 10 credits

This half-module is being introduced as part of the MSc. in Financial Technology. Main goal of the module is to give a clear, but accessible introduction to Blockchain Technology (BCT). BCT, also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, makes agreement amongst untrusted parties possible, without the need for certification authorities. Introduced in the context of financial transactions by the proposal of Bitcoin (2009), BCTs are a transformational innovation with strong impact in fields that go far beyond the financial or banking sector. Proposed new frameworks have been put forward in sector as diverse as finance, health-care, notary, intellectual property management, identity, provenance, international cooperation, social good, and security to cite but a few. This module, with no prerequisites will provide students with a general understanding of the main aspects of the technology, open problems, possible application and future directions.


Cyber Security Core : 10 credits

Computer security breaches that affect financial systems are becoming increasingly frequent. Many of these breaches are easily preventable if proper security principles are effectively used. This module will present a set of core principles to follow and prepare you for a future in which computer security plays a significant role in using and designing computer based financial systems.


Contemporary Issues in BankingCore : 20 credits

This module aims to provide an extensive and critical understanding of current issues and problems in the banking industry. The students will develop their skills and ability to synthesize complex issues, evaluate information, apply principles and techniques, and make professional judgment and informed decisions on issues directly related to the ones banking professionals face routinely at work.


Select ONE 20-credit Module from the following Elective : 20 credits

  • Corporate Finance
  • Representing and Manipulating Data
The module provides an understanding of how corporations raise finance (debt and equity) how they make decisions about investing money (capital budgeting) how they distribute cash to shareholders (dividend policy) and the efficiency of the stock markets in which their shares are traded. Basic python scripting will be covered, along with some more advanced libraries such as numpy and pandas.

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Data Analytics Core : 20 credits

This module covers the analysis of structured and unstructured (text) data using a number of advanced machine learning methods. The module is geared towards teaching an understanding of the methods of processes of applying data analytics to real world problems.


Mobile Financial Applications Core : 20 credits

Mobile applications pervades many aspects of a connected modern society. Mobile applications for accessing financial services are increasingly widespread with most banks offering mobile apps to their customers. FinTech will go beyond that and opens up financial information to third party app providers. This is expected to be the basis for a step change in offering financial services through apps. This module will inform you of many of these aspects and show the context within which financial systems operate. The module is designed to prepare you for a future in which mobile apps plays a significant role in accessing financial systems. The module will cover considerations when creating mobile apps, mobile app design, Android application development, and the Open banking framework and its API.


Select ONE 20-credit Module from the following: Elective : 20 credits

  • Professionalism, Regulation and Ethics
  • Behavioural Finance
This module will develop the students understanding of ethics and decision making within the banking environment. The purpose of this module is to address the importance of codes of professional conduct and ethics whilst ensuring students are aware of their roles/duties in identifying and managing ethical dilemmas in the workplace. The students will also obtain a critical knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory framework involved in professional decision making. This module also encompasses the outcomes that may result in behaving ethically whilst highlighting the difference between compliance and ethically driven behaviours. Given the recent situation within UK Major British Banking Groups there has never been a greater need for students to fully understand the implications of decision making. This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and issues in Behavioural Finance. The module will provide students with understanding of the theoretical and empirical limitations of the challenges to the efficient market hypothesis, while it will also present the psychological foundations of Behavioural Finance and how they impact upon investors’ rationality and arbitrage. In addition, it will provide the opportunity for students to critically evaluate behaviourally induced market puzzles. Finally, the module will present key behavioural trading patterns from a theoretical perspective and outline their empirical design.
  • Innovation Management
  • Investment Regulation and Ethics
This module aims to provide students with knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute to the development of an innovation culture in different types of organisations. This module introduces investment regulation and ethics with a focus on the international context. It also considers the law concerning UK insider dealing and the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct of the CFA Institute.


Dissertation Project Core : 60 credits

This dissertation project will allow students to demonstrate the range of skills learned throughout their course and apply them to a substantial and sustained individual work.
Some students will contribute to ongoing commercially-relevant research projects in the Department, some will be inspired or specified by industry (including through company placement projects), and others will bring along relevant research problems from their own employer/work places.

For more information please refer to https://www.stir.ac.uk/