MSc in Fintech Innovation

  • Application Deadline:
    9th August 2024
  • Start Date:
    9th September 2024
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
    Online
  • Subsidised Fees:
    €2,950 per year

MSc in Fintech Innovation

Push the boundaries of financial innovation.

Level up your skills and push the boundaries of innovative thinking and opportunity recognition within fintech with our online MSc in Fintech Innovation.


Digital technologies and developments are affecting massive transformation within business and operational models. Embracing new and innovative tools and practices, such as Knowing Your Customer (KYC), data analytics, design thinking, sprints, development operations and UX, are central to these new models.

Our innovative part-time and online Level 9 MSc in Fintech Innovation, delivered in collaboration with Munster Technological University, will equip you with critical insights into fintech across the key pillars of finance, technology and innovation. It meets the needs of, and contributes significantly to, future-proofing operations across all domains within the financial services sector.

The programme will be delivered by a dedicated team of specialist lecturers in the Munster Technological University (MTU), complimented by a series of expert guest speakers from industry and academia. This collaborative venture of academia and industry experts will ensure participants are exposed to cutting-edge thinking and research in Fintech Innovation.

 

Why should I study the MSc in Fintech Innovation?

This programme has been uniquely designed to cater for professionals demanding critical insights into fintech, seeking to address industry challenges, and looking to capitalise on new opportunities.

  • Digitalisation Expertise: We provide a focused curriculum for professionals in the financial sector seeking to enhance their digitalisation expertise and expertly navigate their industry digital landscape.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: This programme is uniquely structured to help you cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, that empowers you to approach challenges with creativity and a forward-thinking perspective.
  • Career Shift or Specialisation: Whether you are looking at a larger career shift or unique specialisation, our comprehensive curriculum facilitates a seamless transition, allowing you to thrive in this dynamic industry.

 

Learn more about this programme by watching the introduction video below from our educational partners at Munster Technological University (MTU)

 

This programme is delivered online and part-time across 2-years, over four semesters, from September to June Year 1 and from September 2025 to May Year 2. The capstone project is completed in the student’s own time at the end of Year 2.

Online classes take place two nights per week per semester from 6pm to 9pm. Delivery will be via a blend of tutor-led classes, live Q&A sessions and prerecorded lectures. Optional in person industry workshops/events, dates will be provided upon course commencement.

Optional in person industry workshops/events, dates will be provided upon course commencement.

 

The programme will have 11 modules over Semesters 1-5, as well as an elective module within Semester 4. Each of the modules are assessed through continuous assessment.

 

Semester 1 Modules

  • Digital Transformation [10 ECTS credits]
  • Service Design for Financial Strategy [5 ECTS credits]

 

Semester 2 Modules

  • Financial Information Analysis [5 ECTS credits]
  • Development Operations for Process Management [5 ECTS credits]
  • Organisational Culture & Leadership [5 ECTS credits]

 

Semester 3 Modules

  • Data Analytics in Fintech [10 ECTS credits]
  • Leveraging Cloud Technologies [5 ECTS credits]

 

Semester 4 Modules

  • Financial Service Regulation [5 ECTS credits]
  • Innovating through an Entrepreneurial Mind-Set [5 ECTS credits]

 

Electives for Semester 4 – select one from:

  • Cybersecurity [5 ECTS credits]
  • Management Law [5 ECTS credits]

 

Semester 5 Modules

  • Research Methods and Consultancy Project [30 ECTS credits]

 

The capstone project will require the participant to apply their learning from the other modules in a real-time context, designing an innovative fintech solution for an organisation of choice by the participant. Participants will be provided with a masterclass on research methods covering all stages of research from formulating the research question to the methodology to writing the final project.

 

Detailed information on each module is available here on the Munster Technological University (MTU) website.

 

This unique programme will formally certify your status as a highly skilled professional within the fintech and the financial services sector, with an internationally recognised qualification.

 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will:

  • Be equipped with critical insights across innovative design thinking and research.
  • Be able to appropriately analyse and interpret financial information and options.
  • Develop your agility and adaptability, to collaborate effectively within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understand the role of experiential learning and the use of emotional intelligence in achieving sustainable outcomes.
  • Be proficient in key innovative tools, including data analysis, machine learning, and cloud technologies.
  • Be able to critically assess the operation of financial regulatory environments, both in Ireland and internationally.
  • Understand the theory and practice underpinning digital transformation.
  • Learn how to develop cultural norms and architecture to achieve shared goals throughout the IT value stream.
  • Be able to evaluate and design an appropriate financial strategy for an organisation.
  • Develop practical skills and abilities to lead and manage strategic change.

 

Munster Technological University (MTU)

Munster Technological University is a multi-campus technological university, contributing to the region through the provision of academic programmes that support student development and opportunities, education and research. MTU has an extensive and impressive regional footprint with six campuses across the South-West region in Cork and Kerry, and a student body of 18,000.

 

“As a fintech and technology entrepreneur, I chose the MSc in Fintech Innovation to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing digital transformations in an open banking era. I was impressed by both the linear design of the programme, and the quality of the academic content and research material. I would recommend this programme to anyone keen to pursue a career in fintech or if you are already working in the financial services sector.”

Michael Mulhall, Founder & CEO, FinTech Innovations

 

Watch the below video to hear from past participants

 

Academic Eligibility

The minimum entry requirement for course participants will be a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2, in a computer science NFQ level 8 degree, a financial services NFQ level 8 degree, or a NFQ level 8 degree in a cognate discipline.

Candidates who do not meet this requirement but who possess relevant skills and learning may be considered under the MTU Recognition of Prior Learning procedure. Please advise upon application if you wish to apply via RPL.

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS Academic 6.0 (No less than a 5.5 in any one band). English language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to the start of a programme. Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) status must be provided if a non-EU citizen.

 

Fees

Full course fee: €3,875 per year
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet grant: €925 per year
Subsidised course fee: €2,950* per year

Subsidised fees are only available to eligible applicants*.

 

*Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) 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 be able to apply directly to the college and pay the full course fee of €3,875 (per year) if there are available places.

 

Please use the application form and ensure to attach your up-to-date CV so you can be assessed for funding eligibility.

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

  • Subject line: MSc in Fintech
  • Information of your current employer
  • Information of current highest NFQ level obtained
  • Attach your CV

 

Once approved for funding, applicants will be advised on next steps for their application to Munster Technological University (MTU), where your academic eligibility will be assessed. MTU is the final arbitrator on who is accepted onto the course.

 

If you have any queries and would like to speak to a member of our team before applying, please click here to submit an enquiry.