Financial Technologies - BUSN7990

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Hirbod Assa checkmark-circle


This module will provide students with an introductory understanding of Financial Technology and its application to the institutions' daily business. The students will have a good understanding of the range of the technologies that help financial systems that can include banking, insurance, and financial market. The students will acquire the ability to understand issues related to technology and find pathways towards addressing them. The module will cover the following indicative topics:
• Introduction to Techs: FinTech, InsurTech, WealthTech, RegTech, SupTech, etc
• Blockchain and Digital assets: Cryptocurrency, bitcoin, ethereum, etc;
• Robot advisors;
• Decentralised Finance and financial inclusion;
• Fintech regulation;
• Global and regional perspectives on Fintech adoption


Contact hours

Private Study: 117
Contact Hours: 33
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
2 hour examination (70%)
Individual report – 2000 words (30%)

Reassessment methods
Exam (100%)

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts within the field of FinTech
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical aspects of key FinTech subjects
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the technology that supports the financial system
- Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge and critically reflect on the relevance of FinTech in the day to day finance business

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate and assess the relevance of financial technologies to a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately.
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills, particularly using technology to improve financial services
- Analyse issues relevant to companies' financial decisions in relation to technology
- communicate effectively about financial technologies to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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