- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 2 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 254350
- Subject to validation during this academic year
As technology transforms our lives, the financial services sector needs to keep up. Join the next generation of financial professionals, delivering solutions that are revolutionising the world of finance.
Working closely with industry partners, you'll work on real financial problems; identifying current market opportunities, developing concepts and pitching ideas back to the market. You'll gain specialist knowledge and experience that's highly sought after in the workplace.
- This fast-track degree means you'll be ready to join industry in only two years
- Develop real FinTech products and services, while you study
- Develop the combination of finance and digital skills that will give you a competitive edge in a fast-growing and exciting jobs market
- Working with industry partners will help to build up your network ahead of embarking on your career
How the course is taught
Our approach is about hands-on learning. In stage one, you'll work in a team to develop a business plan for a financial innovation idea. In stages two and three, you'll develop and grow that idea as you help solve real business problems and develop concepts for new ventures.
Modules typically consist of a weekly one-hour lecture, followed by a two-hour seminar. In addition, you'll receive weekly coaching that'll help you apply the knowledge you've gained to your team's innovations.
Industry professionals will present challenges for you to solve as part of your assessment and additional lectures are delivered online, which you can access in your own time and in bitesize pieces.
The course has been designed to take you through the process of building a business plan, within a team. This plan will be framed around a specific opportunity and business solution. It could, for example, be developing a financial product to allow insurance claims to be made online. You'll pitch your concepts to panels of industry professionals. This means that in addition to the skills and knowledge you'll acquire, you'll hold real-life experience of selling ideas and implementing projects.
Our modules are divided into three categories: 'External', 'Internal' and 'You'. To ensure that your learning is well balanced, each term, you'll choose one module from each category. 'External' modules focus on looking outwards, and include market research, customers and industry partners. 'Internal' modules are concerned with how businesses manage themselves – their finances, operations and people. 'You' modules focus on your own personal development, including skills such as thinking creatively, self-reflection, and specialist knowledge.
What you'll do
During this foundational stage, you'll develop your understanding of the key elements of business operations, the challenges in the current business landscape and future trends. You'll explore data, information and intelligence, and get an insight into finance, marketing, and the tactics and techniques needed to understand and influence people. You'll advance your interpersonal and decision-making skills; working in a team, presenting and pitching ideas.
In this stage, you'll build your specialist skills and knowledge. Subjects will include digital etiquette, emerging trends, world economics, and developing financial innovations.
Your deepening insight and understanding of FinTech will drive your concepts for new innovations and, working with teammates and industrial partners, you could be developing products and services that have the potential to make a real difference in the financial world.
This real-world work will also help you develop your understanding of, and capabilities in, managerial and team roles, learning to think and express yourself on a much deeper level in terms of data and business.
Underpinned by subjects that explore exploiting financial opportunities, sustaining and growing businesses and professional practice, and as part of your team, you'll continue to evolve your thinking by evaluating the ideas you have developed. You could be working to turn your ideas into reality, or you might be identifying alternative uses or new features for them.
At the same time, you'll undertake a substantive piece of academic work – either an applied project, a work placement or a dissertation.
- Professional design and prototyping tools
- IT suites and software packages
- Excellent media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content
- Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and electronic and journal resources
- Financial Technology
- Banking & Finance
- Digital Communications
- Project Management
- Digital Retail