Fintech

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  • OVERVIEW

    Through technology and nimble structures, digital disruption is driving the Banking industry to a tipping point that will forever transform it.

    Two centuries after the Industrial Revolution and only 30 years after Big Bang (deregulation of financial markets), join us to embrace the Digital Revolution coming to the world of finance.

  • First Year
    This programme is designed to prepare Masters graduates for a successful career in Fintech. But before you choose a hunting ground and decide to make your mark on the Finance industry, you will need to understand a few fundamental principles and learn the basic drivers of this increasingly complex industry. A few pre-requisites will be necessary for admission. Talented applicants with strong technical and quantitative skills, combined with a personal drive not to settle for the status quo, will be able to fully benefit from this transformative course.

    The first part of the curriculum will bring a thorough overview of the Financial Industry by focusing on the fundamental cornerstones which allow it to exist and function effectively. The second part of the program will focus on the technological developments which are disrupting and transforming the industry.

    Throughout the course, special emphasis will be given to the practical applications of the topics covered through case studies and a hands-on project which will culminate in a presentation to a panel of experts helping you opening the doors to the Future of Finance.

    • Economics
      Economics 101

      Foundation module on the basics of Economics, and a bit of history. Fundamental Concepts and Economic Principles. What is Money. Macro- vs. micro-economics. Debt, Interest Rates and Monetary Policy. Currencies and International Trade.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Finance
      Finance at a Glance

      Corporate Finance, Public Finance, Personal Finance, Financial Markets, Financial Services… What is Finance and why, despite many crises, it has become one of the main cornerstone of enterprise, employment and economic growth in modern society. Who are the key players and what roles do they play.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Banking, Insurance and Financial Services
      Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

      What are banks and why do we need them? Issuers, Investors, and the Financial Institutions connecting them. How is the banking and insurance industry currently organised and regulated. Corporate and Investment Banking. Capital Markets and Securities Services. Transactional Services. Consumer, Retail, Commercial Banking and Insurance.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Finance
      Financial Products

      Bonds, Equities and other financial instruments are generally organised by Assets Class, each operating within its own market and idiosyncratic rules. Derivatives – What are Derivatives and why are they so important? Forwards, Swaps and Options, a basic primer of the products, strategies, modelling and practical applications. Structurers, Market-Makers, Quant traders and research analysts, Subprime crisis, Credit crunch, Systemic risk, and Regulation.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Finance
      An Introduction to Financial Markets

      What are Financial Markets and how are they structured. Key Players. OTC vs Exchange traded. Clearing. Exchanges. Life cycle of a financial transaction. Transaction costs. Risks. Centralized infrastructure.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Legal, Accounting, Tax, Regulations and Compliance
      Legal, Accounting, Tax, Regulations and Compliance

      This module may sound like the most boring of them all, but don’t be too quick to judge! Besides being un-detachable from the core fabric of the Finance, it is often in the most overlooked areas that opportunities abound, especially when they are systemically important functions of the Financial industry, which would not exist without them. Although heavy regulation creates a high barrier to entry for new players, Regtech opens new doors to navigate more efficiently through this complex labyrinth.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Fintech 1.0: The Big Unbundling of Financial Institutions
      Fintech 1.0: The Big Unbundling of Financial Institutions

      Technology has evolved to the point that the small smart nimble startups are now taking on the banking and insurance giants by challenging the very premise on which the industry has been operating for decades, by offering alternative services, not just by encroaching on their dominance but by forcing an evolution in partnership with them. Digital Banking, Investment platforms, Insuretech, Peer-to-peer lending.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Payments and Transaction Services
      Payments and Transaction Services

      The basic plumbing and lifeblood of finance. Overview of various payment systems and their cost structures. Key players and existing technology vs. disruption from the new entrants.

      elective
      4 credits
    • The Foreign Exchange Market
      The Foreign Exchange Market

      FX is by far the largest financial market by volume and it is dominated by banks. How does it work, who are the key players and who is starting to disrupt it.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Algotrading
      Algotrading

      From statistical and event arbitrage to meta algorithms of machine learning, incorporating market impact functions and delta neutral strategies, Algorithmic Trading uses advanced mathematical models, patterns and technical indicators to execute high-speed transactions in the financial markets. Learn how superfast computers and complex AI algorithms are used to create and determine trading strategies for optimal returns.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Fintech 2.0: The Future of Finance: it’s in Your Hands!
      Fintech 2.0: The Future of Finance: it’s in Your Hands!

      To be continued… by you! This module provides students with the opportunity to shine by applying their skills and knowledge from the course to work on their original ideas and present them to a panel of academic and industry experts.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Blockchain and the Distributed Ledger Revolution
      Blockchain and the Distributed Ledger Revolution

      Although Bitcoin has made a lot of headlines since its mysterious appearance on the financial stage, it is the process and concept behind it that has the potential to be particularly transformational in the financial industry.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Big Data in Finance
      Big Data in Finance

      As large incumbent financial institutions are being threatened in most of their core businesses, they still benefit from the significant advantage of owning the key to a critical mass of financial transaction flows. As content and information has become an increasingly valuable resource, as well as its speed and accuracy, Data Science is starting to becoming a significant differentiator.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Cyber Security and Stability of Markets
      Cyber Security and Stability of Markets

      As the Financial Market become increasingly complex and dematerialised, new risks and threats to its integrity are arising.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Financial News, Information and Research
      Financial News, Information and Research

      As financial markets have grown, so has the need for reliable information and the latest news affecting markets. A whole industry has developed around these services with companies such as Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters feeding the whole financial ecosystem with the latest information, as well as access to enormous volumes of data, analysis and research vital to the industry.

      elective
      4 credits
    • Year End Project
      Capstone project

      Students will create their Capstone Project. They're guided by a mentor and regularly discuss their direction and progress. Students determine a detailed objective for their project, research existing alternatives, outline differentiators of their approach, define challenges. At the end of the year, students will submit a progress report including the status of key stages of the project and a description of their work. Students will also rehearse a presentation for their mentor to practice for the end of programme presentation that will take place at the end of the year.

      elective
      8 credits
    • Seminars & Workshops
      Seminars & Workshops

      The University will offer regular open lectures by professors, experts, and key figures in digital marketing, design, and technology. Students in the digital marketing programme are required to attend a significant number of the lectures and to submit a report describing what they have learned. Students will be required to describe the statement of the problem discussed and its significance.

      elective
      6 credits
    • Year End Project
      Client project

      Students will be asked to approach a business or organisation, on their own, and receive an actual brief from its employees. This applied client project should be in the area of the respective student's interest and will need to be graded by the company or organisation for which the applied client project has been created. All client projects start with a presentation of the brief which outlines the subject, scope, and purpose of the project. The project culminates in a presentation to all programme participants.

      elective
      8 credits
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