Strathclyde MSc FinTech


The MSc Financial Technology takes a holistic view of the financial ecosystem from the perspective of where it is headed. It teaches the concept of Strategic FinTech, a top down view of how innovation is impacting business models and society. The course will give managers the insights needed to navigate their organisations in a world where the backbone of finance is changing.

Financial Technology (FinTech) is the future of taught finance. It combines the theory and knowledge behind capital markets with the technology that makes financial transactions more efficient. This degree provides the skills that banks and insurance companies are looking for, combining finance, big data techniques and analytics as well as programming. Graduates in this field will have a good understanding of the fact that finance is changing, and accounting, business information systems, and analytic methods are adapting to the internet as a delivery channel. Graduates of this programme will be highly employable and be able to demonstrate the relevant skillsets for career progression in existing financial and capital markets or new paths in the wider finance sector. FinTech is a multi-disciplinary area and this plays well to Strathclyde’s strengths: programming, data analytics and the theory of financial markets are all core teaching modules and recognised areas of research excellence.

The first year of study is designed to both develop and integrate finance and analytical methods. The second year is designed to integrate programming and big data techniques as well as extend the students’ core skills in finance and enhance understanding of financial markets. Big data and the method of its analysis are becoming increasingly important for banks and other financial institutions. More generally, the MSc will teach students how to become effective financial technology analysts, equipping them with the tools and techniques for careers that combine finance and technology.

As with all Strathclyde Business School programmes, it has business at its heart, with real industry experience a key component. One class is developed in partnership with academics and practitioners allowing students to experience the practical reality of applying analytical methods in financial technology business.

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The programme is currently structured over 4 semesters, with 2 semesters a year, each approximately 5½ months. The order is shown in the table below:

  • Semester 1
    • Principles of Finance 1 (10)
    • Programming for Fintech (10)
    • Principles of Finance 2 (10)
    • Quantitative Business Analysis (10)
  • Semester 2
    • Financial Management for Banks (10)
    • Risk Management for Banks (10)
    • Becoming an Effective Financial Technology Analyst - 1 (10)
    • Big Data Fundamentals (10)
  • Semester 3
    • Becoming an Effective Financial Technology Analyst - 2 (10)
    • Business Analytics (10)
    • Business Information Systems (10)
    • Elective - Portfolio Theory and Management - AF (10)
    • Finance Project 1 (20) with 2 hr induction from above
  • Semester 4
    • Business Analytics (10)
    • Big Data Tools & Techniques - CS (10)
    • Risk Analysis and Management - MS (10)
    • Research Methods
    • Management Science Project 2 (20)
    • Graduation


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Minimum second class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent in accounting, economics, business studies or a subject area with a strong quantitative bias. The programme requires no prior knowledge of finance
  • Valid IELTS Score of 6.5 (min) or TOEFL Score iBT 79 (min)


Following Documents are required while filling the online application form:

  • Detailed CV (updated)
  • Degree Certificate (Copy)
  • Academic Transcripts (Copy)
  • 2 References preferably from supervisors at work
  • IELTS (or) TOEFL Score Sheet - Alternate English Test at BIBF(Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance) is available on request
  • Photograph
  • Personal Statement - A personal statement telling us why you wish to study the MSc Financial Technology. Discuss why your skills, qualities and experience will allow you to be successfully in completing the course. Discuss what you hope to do after you graduate with your MSc.
  • BD 10,000
    • This is an all-inclusive price which covers the cost of all text books and core learning materials, seminars and workshops, tutorial sessions, library access (Strathclyde online Library providing access to more than a million articles, journals, books, and reports), examinations and graduation fees.
    • There are no additional 'hidden' charges on the Strathclyde programme.
    • There are two options: a single lump-sum payment or semester instalments. A separate 'Payment Options and Conditions' document detailing the options will be given to you by one of the Program Administrators upon request.
  • The MSc Fintech is a face-to-face taught programme by Strathclyde academics; it is not an 'on- line' or a 'distance learning' programme. All classes are held on weekends and evenings at the BIBF campus and comprise:
    • Intensive Seminars held on weekends (Fridays & Saturdays from 9:00-18:00) conducted on average once a month by Strathclyde academics who fly in from Scotland;
    • Tutorial sessions (3 hours) once a week (evenings in the BIBF campus) conducted by local counsellors, approved and appointed by Strathclyde.


    Students registered in Bahrain can attend the intensive seminars at any of the other international centres.

  • A broad understanding of FinTech and strategic issues in the global sector
  • Key skills and techniques to allow you to become a financial technology analyst
  • Increased confidence in all areas of finance and analytical methods
  • Allows you to make successful career transitions from a general Finance role to a FinTech career path
  • Enhanced promotion prospects in your current organisation
  • New career opportunities
  • Access to the extensive Strathclyde alumni network
  • Improved corporate insight and performance via improved data and technology analytics
  • Ability to re-think current technology and improve efficiency of transactions
  • Immediate application of acquired knowledge in the workplace
  • Greater awareness of current FinTech trends and potential of FinTech as a disruptor
  • Greater ability to attract and retain high potential FinTech managers
  • Flexible approach to management education, which minimises disruption in the work-place
  • Structured development of individual managers
  • Our admissions for the FinTech Programme April 2022 programme would open in October 2021
  • Registration Deadline: 31st March, 2022

For further information please feel free to contact our team on +973 17816338, via email: or by booking a Live Call Session with a Strathclyde representative (Click here for the bookings)

Strathclyde Business School has been at the forefront of the innovative and ground-breaking FinTech movement for a sustainable transformation of global finance for the better. It has successfully pioneered the UK’s first FinTech Masters (2017) and now the first Fintech Masters in the Region.

In response to the ever-evolving role of technology in shaping the future of industries globally, and a particular demand for FinTech education in one of its most established markets – Bahrain - Strathclyde Business School and its partner, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) has introduced an MSc Financial Technology (FinTech), fully delivered in Bahrain on a part-time basis.

This new Masters degree will bolster Bahrain’s position as a leading FinTech hub in the region, and offer ambitious individuals the opportunity to gain a cutting edge qualification, delivered by Strathclyde academics, without having to take a year out to complete studies. The intensive two year programme will offer students a rigorous core academic curriculum combined with the entrepreneurial and innovative elements of the “FinTech Revolution”. It includes a selection of financial methods, programming, data analytics and regulations and technology, with a particular emphasis on how these different subject areas come together to create new financial services and products.