Higher Diploma in Fintech

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Higher Diploma in Fintech

Navigate the path where finance and tech converge.

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.

The culmination of the programme involves a work-based project or applied project, enabling you to build confidence in your newly attained skills and knowledge, as you apply them directly to your own professional work 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 in September 2024.

Live online classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-10pm.

The applied learning and workplace-based electives are the capstone modules for the programme and address the development of personal and professional skills in a real-world work environment. Participants will complete an applied project in the form of an industry-based case study


Semester 1 

The FinTech Industry – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the operation of the Fintech & Financial Services industry in Ireland and Internationally. It will equip students with the skills to understand how the financial world needs technology to assist and enable business today.


The Capital Markets – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into to the operation of financial services industry and the underlying capital markets.


Financial Systems Analysis – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

Financial systems analysis is concerned with the adoption of a suitable software development process model, in the preparation and management of requirements and the modelling of a solution to meet the business needs objectives. The learner will apply relational data modelling in the development of a database system.


Semester 2

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

This module will provide the student with a significant level of understanding of the theoretical and development capability of Blockchain Technologies, incorporating an analysis of some innovative use cases. The student will also implement a fully functional Blockchain along with some core aspects of Blockchains, such as Smart
Contracts and Tokens.


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

Software Engineering is an engineering discipline which is concerned with all aspects of software production, it is concerned with theories, methods and tools for professional software development. Learners will evaluate the engineering methods, processes, project management supports and techniques which are part of Software Engineering for FinTech.


Financial Services Regulation – 10 ECTS credits / 5 contact hours

The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into the regulatory backdrop in which financial services and fintech models operate. The module will examine financial services legislation predominately from a European perspective but will also give an overview of the US and UK.



Work Based Learning – 5 ECTS credits

The aims of this module is to develop the learner’s awareness of work related issues and professional standards in the business environment. To develop as a reflective practitioner in the business environment in order to complement the learner’s formal learning and explicit documented knowledge.


Applied Project – 5 ECTS credits

This module will capture the actions carried out by the learner while completing an applied project and the learning associated with these actions. It will facilitate the learner in reflecting critically on their own work practices.


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


“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.”

Marie McMullan, Compliance Associate, Tata Consultancy Services



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.