Online Microcredential in Business & Management

FinTech - Financial Innovation

Investigate the changes brought about by FinTech innovation and harness evolving opportunities in the future of FinTech.

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Dublin City UniversityDublin City University

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DCU Business SchoolDCU Business School

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Explore up-to-date technological innovation in the financial services industry

The intertwining of finance and technology is changing how financial organisations conduct their business and compete in the marketplace.

Companies need forward-thinking employees who understand the new financial market dynamics and competitive pressures.

On this microcredential, you’ll explore key elements of the FinTech landscape, as well as the main technologies and applications behind the FinTech revolution.

You’ll understand how technological innovation has benefited the finance industry and develop arguments and ideas for how FinTech developments can greatly improve the customer journey.

You’ll gain the skills you need to apply for a role in FinTech or become a cutting-edge investment or financial manager.

FinTech is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries, with the number of FinTech firms expected to double by 2030.

Find out more by downloading the FinTech - Financial Innovation brochure and detailed topic list.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

What skills will you learn?

  • Professional development
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • FinTech
  • Financial services
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • InsurTech
  • Insurance
  • Big data
  • Financial modelling

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Synthesise theory and practice to assess the interaction of finance and technology in various contexts
  • Assess how the financial services industry is innovating through the adoption and application of new technologies
  • Evaluate the emerging academic evidence pertaining to the dynamics and efficacy of new FinTech based markets and products
  • Develop and defend coherent and persuasive arguments for the adoption and application of innovative technologies to support financial services activities
  • Evaluate the competitive and collaborative opportunities that exist for established financial institutions and start-up FinTech firms, which should lead to a superior customer journey for consumers of financial services

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To qualify for direct entry into this microcredential, you should fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have several years of experience in financial services or a related sector
  • Have completed relevant, accredited CPD learning
  • Hold a Level 8 (undergraduate) Honours Degree (2:1) or higher in business, finance, or a related discipline

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for professionals working in the financial sector and postgraduate students transitioning into a fintech role or looking for further career development in a current role.

This microcredential will support you to understand how technology has revolutionised the financial sector and keep pace with the rate of change in the industry.

Suitable candidates may include financial and investment managers, entrepreneurs, and current students or recent graduates of finance, computing and business.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course 1

    From 5 Oct 2020

    Introduction to FinTech - Financial Innovation

    Introduces the key topics and explores the opportunities FinTech offers to enhance financial products. (Hours per week indicative)

    1 week

    10 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 12 Oct 2020

    Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Lending

    Explore how crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending have emerged as alternative sources of finance. (Hours per week indicative)

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 26 Oct 2020

    Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

    Examine the underlying properties of distributed ledger technologies and their application. (Hours per week indicative)

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 4

    From 9 Nov 2020

    Banking and Payments

    Examine FinTech's role in improving banking and payments. (Hours per week indicative).

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your certificate of completion from the Dublin City University Business School.

What you will receive

5 ECTS credits at Postgraduate level from Dublin City University

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of Completion from Dublin City University

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

Career-focused learning by DCU Business School

As one of Europe’s most dynamic young business schools, DCU Business School is truly alive with ambition.

Delivered by experts

Dr. Pierangelo Rosati is Assistant Professor in Business Analytics at DCU Business School. He has extensive experience in working with companies in the areas of fintech, blockchain and analytics.

Mark Cummins is Professor of Finance at the Dublin City University Business School and Director of the Irish Institute of Digital Business. Interests include financial technology (FinTech).

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