University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Finance, Technology and Policy

How well financial markets work is critical to the lives of everyone in a modern economy. The functions markets perform are vital for the development of transparent, informationally efficient and fair financial systems. Market functions, such as liquidity and price discovery, hold significant societal impacts. Technology has fuelled the rise of ultra-fast high-tech, opaque trading venues and expanded access to financial services across the globe. While there are positive aspects to these changes, the emergence of new technology-driven paradigms has also increased concerns about the integrity and fairness of financial systems. Concurrently, the pace of technological transformation in financial services and markets has led to the emergence of a knowledge gap in the fast-growing intersection between finance and technology. Our MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy is developed as an interdisciplinary response to this knowledge gap and as a platform to evaluate and debate the impact of technology on the financial services industry and financial markets. The programme offers a unique degree sitting at the intersection of the three most important drivers of a modern economy - financial services/markets, technology and policy. This is the first programme of its type in the world and is focused on understanding and exploiting the broader links between finance services and technology on the one hand, and policy and the technological transformation of the financial markets and services on the other. The programme is also unique in the sense that it directly responds to a knowledge gap in the global workforce, one that is emerging due to the fast pace of changes in the modern global economy. The programme design ensures that courses complement one another. Courses are designed to provide you with a detailed analysis of modern (financial) markets and the transformation of the financial services industry against the backdrop of technological and policy innovations. While our MSc offers you an unvarnished view of the functioning of existing financial market and financial services structures, it also advances criticisms of the current set up and offers the basis for the development of alternative markets and financial services products. The programme applies principles of financial economics, sociology/philosophy, and practical programming/machine learning and big data analysis to help you focus on solving real problems and developing the skillsets that are relevant for employers now and in the future. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your degree to include other relevant aspects of operating within the financial technology space. Courses specifically designed for the programme further examine design, entrepreneurship and innovation, legal and the human-computer interface issues. You will work with industry partners to develop cutting edge solutions to live challenges as part of student consultancy projects sponsored by financial institutions.

Entry requirements

MSc: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on the University of Edinburgh website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

See the University of Edinburgh website for detailed programme information.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 - 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
MSc Admissions Team (Business School - MSc)
Telephone number: 
01316519663