The MSc in Strategic FinTech is the only specialist FinTech Masters programme pitched at the executive level.

The course aims to equip middle to senior managers with the skills and knowledge to understand and exploit fintech as a strategic resource and/or manage the consequences of FinTech-related disruption to organisations and industries.

The MSc is delivered in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, who will operate from a new state-of-the-art building in FinTech Bay from summer 2021.

The course features:

  • a strategy and leadership-level of focus on the topic
  • a thorough address of complementary lenses
  • an executive style and format
  • work-based learning and customisable project options

The possibility of completing the programme with a business start-up project is also seen as a unique, high-value offering in the Bahraini market.

The Strategic Fintech Masters will be delivered through a student-centric, flexible and modern format. It will integrate the latest theory, practice and implementation approaches.

The programme will address recurring themes of how to manage and lead effectively in a context of digital disruption, digital economy, and the digital transformation of banking and finance industries, processes, applications and products & services.

Participants will acquire deep insights into emerging technologies impacting on financial industries, and how to interpret, strategise, invest, innovate, drive change & lead people effectively in this dynamic context.

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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:

  • Exploring the Future of Fintech (20 credits)
    This class will run through the first three terms of the programme - through expert speakers, cases, examples and industrial visits, explore the trends and future directions of Fintech (technological, commercial, regulatory etc.), identifying organisational and managerial implications
Term 1
Leading Digital Transformation in a Finance Context (20 credits)
How to lead people and teams in the change and innovation efforts required to implement digital transformation in a finance context (industrial, organisational, functional).
Mastering Evolving Digital Technologies (20 credits)
Aim to achieve digital literacy in topics such as:

  • Cloud
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Big Data
  • Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity
Term 2
Global Developments in Fintech (20 credits)
Examining institutional level change; global and regional examples, Macroeconomics and implications for organisations; cover off finance fundamentals, and the scope of Fintech developments; potential, risks and ethics of digital disruption in a finance context.
Transforming Customer Experience through Financial Technologies (20 credits)
Developing marketing insights and user experience design based on creative applications of financial technologies; maximising upside of Fintech.
Term 3
Economic & Regulatory Policies for Fintech (20 credits)
  • Exploration of economic policies and regulatory frameworks relating to fintech in different global jurisdictions
  • Building an understanding of effective organisational responses
  • Examining the ethics of fintech at an industrial/institutional level
Fintech Strategy & Business Model Innovation (20 credits)
AA combination of scenarios, analysis and formulation methods for developing and testing strategies for fintech-led business model innovation & entrepreneurship in the fintech space.
Finance Project 1 (20) with 2 hr induction from above
Term 4
Capstone Fintech Experience (40 credits)
Option A - Management Research Thesis
Adopting a "traditional" masters project conclusion, complete a fintech-related project scope for a piece of original management research. Include implications for practice. Assessment based on a thesis output.
Option B - Consultancy/ Implementation Project (intrapreneurship)
Scope and lead a significant fintech project leading to operational costs improvement, enhanced customer experience or transformed business model within an existing organisation (not necessarily the student's own organisation). Assessment based on a project report and final client presentation.
Option C - Business start-up (entrepreneurship)
With support, develop and establish a fintech or fintech-related business. This can be in collaboration with others. Assessment based on relevant business artifacts (business plan, marketing and finance projects, short and long term strategies, etc.).

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 6.0 (min) or TOEFL Score iBT 79 (min)


Following Documents are required while filling the online application form:

  • Submit the following documents:
  • Detailed CV (Updated)
  • Degree Certificate (Copy)
  • Academic Transcripts (Copy)
  • Reference (2 nos) preferably from supervisors at work
  • IELTS (or) TOEFL Score Sheet - Alternate English Test at BIBF is available on request
  • 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.
  • Photograph
  • 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 Strategic 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; Now delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment.
    • 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.
  • Comprehensive understanding into the Fintech sector at a global level.
  • Enhanced skills as a Fintech analysis practitioner.
  • Practical expertise on the implementation of Fintech in various industries.
  • Ability to smoothly transition to Fintech career roles.
  • Increased career advancement potential.
  • Access to our global alumni network.
  • Exposure to the dynamic global standards and best practices employed in an institution of global reputes.
  • Application of academic knowledge and insights into the workplace environment on an immediate basis.
  • Ability to analyse current technology and prepare organisations for future disruption.
  • Increased awareness of the various implementations of Fintech upending traditional business.
  • Flexible approach ideal for management education enabling minimal workplace disruption.
  • Methodic development of management candidates.
  • Our Admissions for the MSc Strategic FinTech are now open for the April 2025 intake
  • Deadline: 31st March, 2025


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 in Strategic 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.