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Gain a competitive edge and develop the skills to lead financial innovation.

Financial technology (fintech) and big data are fast becoming household names in financial services. Learn about the concepts of fintech and big data, their applications and challenges.

Develop your understanding of the modern banking industry. Explore blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, peer-to-peer lending, data analytics, data mining and machine learning.

Study flexibly online with the University of Aberdeen Business School. Broaden your network of contacts as you build your skills and financial career.

The credits you earn on this course count towards our Masters in Finance, also available to study online.

What will I study?

You’ll learn about the latest disruptive technologies that are reshaping financial services.

You’ll discover how fintech and big data can be applied in your own organisation.

You’ll cover:

  • domestic and cross-border payment innovations
  • fintech applications in wealth and investment management
  • the key technologies that drive fintech innovations
  • types of crowdfunding, their applications and reward systems
  • big data, its sources, pre-processing methods, integration and storage
  • methods of big data visualisation and advanced data analysis tools
  • fintech regulations, how they affect finance industry innovations, and their complexities.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the technologies driving the advancement of fintech and big data.
  • Describe big data, its characteristics, structures and sources.
  • Assess fintech payment solutions and their applications in addressing real-world problems.
  • Evaluate fintech wealth and investment management solutions.
  • Choose the right big data visualisation methods to inform and improve business decisions.
  • Apply big data to improve efficiency in financial services provision.
  • Communicate financial system regulations and how they apply to the fintech industry.
  • Assess data using online resources and assemble it to carry out research.

How will I study?

Fintech and Big Data is an eight-week short course, delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Tuition is one-to-one and unlimited, which means your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

This course features a range of resources, including:

  • videos
  • projects
  • online one-to-one tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

This course is taught at Masters level by internationally experienced economists, academics and researchers.

Assessment

This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • your 300-word responses to a series of questions
  • a final 1,500-word essay.

Your work will be assessed based on your ability to:

  • source and use a variety of types of material
  • analyse key financial information in a concise and clear manner
  • compare and contrast, and reach objective and impartial conclusions.

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

MSc Finance

  • Study part-time, online.
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of core financial theory.
  • Develop key skills in corporate finance, portfolio analysis, asset valuation, derivatives and risk management.

Further short courses

We have a range of online Business short courses you can use to build your skills.

Most carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:

Careers

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.