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Introduction to FinTech and Financial Innovation

Discover new developments in digitisation, AI, and cryptocurrency to kickstart your career in FinTech and financial innovation.

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Introduction to FinTech and Financial Innovation

  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Get behind the FinTech revolution

The world of FinTech is constantly evolving. To get ahead in the industry, you need to stay on top of the latest innovations and technologies.

On this three-week course from Nottingham Business School, you’ll learn about current and emerging financial technologies. From AI and machine learning to cryptocurrency and big data, you’ll explore major innovations driving the FinTech revolution.

Explore the latest developments in digitisation and financial technology

You’ll begin with a survey of the financial technologies landscape. You’ll learn what FinTech is, why it matters, and how it has transformed our daily lives.

After this, you’ll delve deeper into the technology itself. Week 2 will look at key developments driving digitisation, including decentralised finance, open digital banking, and artificial intelligence.

Understand the impact of FinTech and its role in sustainable finance

In the third week of the course, you’ll explore the impact of FinTech on society and the environment. You’ll learn how new technologies could help to improve financial inclusion and promote sustainable finance.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a knowledge of the technologies making waves in the financial sector, and your own ideas about where FinTech could go in future.


  • Week 1

    Overview of the key aspects of FinTech

    • Introductions and welcome to the course

      In this first activity, the Lead Tutors - Professor Jim Devlin and Professor Alex Brauneis - will introduce the course, explain what to expect and where to get help if you need it.

    • What is FinTech

      The week gives an overview of FinTech and the main factors that drive the FinTech revolution and outlines the main features of FinTech landscape.

    • What is driving FinTech revolution?

      In this activity we will share some thoughts on the main factors that are driving the growth of digital finance and we start by asking you what your thoughts are.

    • Understanding the FinTech landscape

      In this activity we will increase our understanding of what types of products and firms make up the FinTech landscape. We also consider some of the main challenges and opportunities associated with the FinTech sector.

  • Week 2

    Technologies and applications in FinTech

    • Principles of blockchains

      A blockchain is the technological foundation of cryptocurrencies. This activity explains cryptocurrencies and the building blocks that make them work.

    • Decentralised finance (DeFi)

      This activity is covers decentralised finance – blockchain based, code-driven financial services without any middlemen that try to replicate traditional financial processes like borrowing and lending, trading and risk management.

    • Open Digital banking

      Nowadays, many banking services are available 24/7 through online applications (digital banking). Making bank data available for third parties (open banking) simplifies processes. This activity explains Open Digital banking.

    • Artificial Intelligence in finance

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) simulates human intelligence to perform tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition and decision-making. In this activity you will learn about AI and its significance in finance.

  • Week 3

    FinTech and its impact on society and sustainability

    • FinTech and society

      In this activity you will learn about FinTech and its impact on society.

    • FinTech and financial inclusion

      In this activity we continue by focussing on why some individuals find themselves excluded from some or all of the financial services that they need and will discuss the benefits of greater inclusion.

    • FinTech and green and sustainable finance

      For our final activity of the course, we consider how developments in the FinTech area can contribute to our transition to a lower carbon world.

    • In conclusion

      We now conclude our Introduction to FinTech and Financial Innovation course with a summary of the main things that you have learned.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the FinTech context and relevant definitions.
  • Investigate the factors driving FinTech developments and the implications for both established and new financial organisations.
  • Reflect on blockchain technologies and associated decentralised financial services, including crypto-currencies.
  • Apply insights into how big data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence continues to have a transformational impact on the financial services sector.
  • Debate implications of FinTech and financial innovation for consumers and society.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about new financial technologies and their impact on financial services.

It will be particularly useful for early and mid-career finance professionals who are looking to boost their knowledge and take the next step in their careers.

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Who developed the course?

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

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