Higher Diploma in Fintech

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Our Higher Diploma in Business in Finance & Technology (Level 8 – 60 Credits) is a conversion course into the FinTech Industry – a one year course, delivered 100% online, designed to equip you with the core knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue a successful career as a FinTech professional in the financial services industry.

At the heart of the programme is a focus on ensuring you can develop a more hybrid skillset. It’s with this in mind that the course was designed in collaboration with financial services professionals to ensure the modules prepare you appropriately. Modules include Project Management, Equity and Financial Systems Analysis.

Key features of the course include strong alignment with industry requirements both at home and abroad, and skills that are transferable to the wider financial services industry including technology requirements.

With a personal and supportive approach to learning throughout the culmination of the programme involves a work placement to allow you to apply your new knowledge in a practical manner in a professional corporate environment.

FinTech roles are becoming more varied, and following graduation you can look forward to a rewarding career in Asset Management, Trading, Insurance, Banking and even Payments.

This course is 100% online and will commence on January 22nd 2024. Live online classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-10pm.

The applied electives (work based learning and applied project) are the capstone modules for the programme and address the development of personal and professional skills in the work environment/context. The Work Based Learning module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to go on a suitable 4-week work placement. Participants already in employment will complete an applied project in the form of an industry-based case study

Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply directly to the college and pay the full course fee of €3,000 if there are available places. Contact us for more information.


Academic Eligibility

Minimum Entry Requirements – Level 8 Honours Degree in Business/Finance/Economics/Mathematics or Computing or in a related discipline with at least 30 credits in Business, Finance, Economics, Mathematics or Computing, minimum second class honours (2.2).

– If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).



Full fee: €3,000
Skillnet grant per module: €451
Student fee per module: €2,549*
*Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants.

Click “Apply now” and attach your CV to be assessed for funding eligibility.

Alternatively, email info@ictskillnet.ie with the below information:

– Subject line “Higher Certificate in Fintech”

– Current Employer

– Current Highest NFQ

– Attach your CV

Once approved for funding, applicants will be directed to ATU to complete an official college application, where academic eligibility will be assessed.

ATU is the final arbiter on who is accepted onto the course.

Semester 1 

The FinTech Industry – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

The Capital Markets – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

Financial Systems Analysis – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours


Semester 2

Blockchain Technology Innovation & Application – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

Software Engineering for Fintech – 5 ECTS credits / 3 contact hours

Financial Services Regulation – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

Work Based Learning – 5 ECTS credits / 0 contact hours

Applied Project – 5 ECTS credits / 0 contact hours

Student Experience

Marie McMullan, Tata Consultancy Services:

What I liked best about the course was how it challenged me in subjects where I had limited or no knowledge at all. I enjoyed working with other students online as we valued one another’s learning experiences and academic success.