FinTech and Policy MSc – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: February 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Start date: September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Why choose this course

The new FinTech sector is transforming the global financial services industry, which has increasing demand for advanced data analytics skills and knowledge.

Our MSc FinTech and Policy course will provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as a professional within the financial services industry and regulatory organisations. Through a carefully selected mix of modules, you’ll obtain a solid understanding of financial regulation, technology, and law, while you learn how to navigate an increasingly complex, dynamic and global financial environment.

You’ll be taught by expert research-active academics in business and law, as well as numerous industry professionals, who will guide you through a forward-thinking and refreshing combination of academic theory and industry experience.

We were ranked 67th for business and economics in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

Five reasons to study a masters in FinTech and policy at Surrey

What you will study

In an intensely competitive employment market, employers are increasingly looking for graduates with transferrable knowledge and skills that cut across the areas of finance, law and technology.

Our FinTech and Policy MSc will enable you to understand the rapidly changing financial market conditions, investment technologies and regulatory climates that drive business decisions around the world.

Our course will equip you with the skills and training to give you a competitive edge in today’s job market, especially for those seeking to combine business training with exploration of the law and ethics, in responding to and shaping technological innovation.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

Teaching staff

Taught by an incredible team of subject matter experts, including Professor Bonnie Buchanan who wrote the Turing Institute Report on AI in Financial Services and SWIFT report on FinTech in China versus the West. Professor Buchanan has presented seminars and workshops on FinTech and AI at SIBOS, the Bank of England and Bank of Finland. She has also testified before the US House of Financial Services on AI and algorithmic bias and appears regularly in the media. Professor Buchanan is the co-recipient of a £233,000 UK Innovate grant on AI.

Our Business School will also provide you with opportunities to obtain practical skills development through a state-of-the-art Bloomberg trading room.

Professional recognition

MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Our masters will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to understand the ever-changing FinTech landscape.

With an MSc in FinTech and Policy it's likely you'll pursue a career in roles like the following:

  • App Developer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Data Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Blockchain Developer, and many more.

Academic year structure

Full-time students complete four modules per semester. Case and project topics are normally allocated towards the end of the spring semester, and work on these will be carried out during the summer period.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Overview of FinTech (MANM493) will be taught in the Autumn semester for students starting the programme in September. This module will be taught in the Spring semester for students starting the programme in February.

All other modules will be taught for both cohorts, at the same time, as outlined in the programme documentation.

Choose 6 from the listed optional modules. 2 of these must be in Semester 1 and 4 of these in Semester 2.

Timetable

New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday - Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in any recognised subject is required, although students with degrees with any of the following subjects would be especially well equipped for our MSc programme: Accountancy, banking, business administration, law, politics, economics, engineering, finance, management, mathematics or science or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

Start date: September 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£13,900
Overseas
£22,000

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

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Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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Stag Hill

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