Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Fundamentals of FinTech and Financial Innovation

Delve into the dynamic world of FinTech and develop the workplace-ready skills to thrive in the financial services industry.

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Nottingham Business SchoolNottingham Business School

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Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University

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Gain the skills to navigate the FinTech industry and advance in your career

The FinTech sector is in a state of rapid evolution, driven by emerging technologies, regulatory challenges, and a growing emphasis on financial inclusion and social impact.

This 10-week microcredential will help you navigate the complex and dynamic landscape of financial innovation. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be well-prepared to not only drive transformation within your organisation but also explore promising opportunities within the FinTech sector.

Through engaging and interactive materials, as well as practical exercises, you’ll develop vital expertise that will accelerate your career.

Delve into financial technology

You’ll start by exploring disruptive business models in digital finance to develop your understanding of different financial technologies.

This will help you establish a strong foundation in FinTech and financial innovation.

Gain an understanding of digital payments

Next, you’ll unpack digital payments including blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and more.

With this knowledge, you’ll have a solid grasp of key trends in FinTech that can be directly applied to your professional context.

Explore the role of AI technologies in the financial industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) stands as a driving force behind the evolution of financial services.

On the microcredential, you will be able to critically appraise AI technologies and how they impact the financial industry.

Discover the impact of financial innovation

Taking a broader perspective, you’ll explore how financial innovations and new digital business models affect the economy, humanity, and the way we work, live, and play.

In this context, you’ll evaluate both the positive impacts, such as enhanced financial inclusion and literacy, and the problematic impacts, including concerns related to data privacy and social vulnerability.

This exploration will equip you with the insights to understand ongoing developments and their wide-reaching implications. It will also empower you to harness FinTech for the greater good.

Discuss aspects of financial inclusion

Towards the end of the microcredential, you’ll discuss the role of FinTech and financial inclusion, ethics, regulation, and sustainability to ensure you have a comprehensive overview of the industry.

By the end, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to understand how to use financial technology to help people, teams, companies, and societies thrive.

How will these skills help in my career?

By completing this microcredential, you’ll acquire both current knowledge to stay up-to-date with the latest FinTech insights and specialised skills in areas such as blockchain, AI, digital payments, open banking, and more.

You’ll also develop broader skills like adaptability and agility, which are crucial for navigating the ever-evolving financial services landscape.

Armed with this expertise, you can explore entrepreneurial opportunities, leveraging your deep knowledge of financial innovation to identify market gaps and launch FinTech-focused ventures.

Overall, this microcredential equips you with the knowledge, skills, and industry relevance to excel in your existing role and to chart new career paths in the dynamic world of FinTech.

Will I receive university credits?

Upon successful completion of the microcredential and assessment, you’ll receive 10 UK level 7 credits from Nottingham Trent University.

You can use these credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School (NBS).

Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University, is renowned for designing courses that help individuals develop career-advancing skills. It’s the perfect foundation for propelling your career forward.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll complete an individual 2000-word reflective assignment designed to review, reflect on, and apply in practice, concepts related to FinTech, financial innovation, and digital banking and finance, with an ongoing action plan.

What skills will you learn?

  • Up-to-date knowledge: Stay current with the latest insights in FinTech and financial innovation.
  • Specialised skills: Gain expertise in areas like blockchain, AI, digital payments, and open banking.
  • Adaptability and agility: Navigate the changing landscape of financial services by embracing new technologies.
  • Career advancement: Stand out from peers and access higher-level job opportunities in FinTech.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: Identify market gaps, leverage emerging technologies, and launch or join FinTech-focused ventures.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study this microcredential, you’ll ideally have:

  • A basic understanding of financial markets and the banking system
  • Interest in financial innovations of the recent past
  • Experience in using web and browser based tools of various forms
  • Appreciation for the interface of technology, finance, consumers, society, and sustainability

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone interested in understanding the rapidly evolving FinTech industry.

It is suitable for all, no matter what your experience or previous knowledge.

It will be beneficial for individuals who are working or seeking to work in the financial services industry, including bankers, regulators, investors, consultants, and entrepreneurs. It is also ideal for individuals with a background in technology, computer science, or engineering who are interested in applying their skills to financial services.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    To help prepare you for this microcredential, you can take our (free taster short course)[] here which will introduce you to the core concepts and topics.

  • Course

    From 7 Oct 2024

    Fundamentals of FinTech and Financial Innovation

    Gain expertise in FinTech and financial innovation. Stay ahead in the evolving financial landscape and unlock new opportunities.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to FinTech and financial innovation
      • Getting started
      • FinTech and its evolution
      • FinTech trends, global landscape and impact on financial services
      • What is coming up
    • Week 2

      Digital finance, sustainability and society
      • Introduction to digital finance, sustainability and society
      • Digital finance and sustainability
      • Ethical considerations in digital finance
      • Digital finance and society
    • Week 3

      Digital payments and services
      • Introduction to digital payment and services
      • Digitalisation and payments
      • Digitalisation and financial services
      • Future of digital payments
    • Week 4

      Cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and decentralised finance
      • Introduction to cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and decentralised finance
      • Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology
      • Decentralised finance (DeFi)
      • Future trends in cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and DeFi
    • Week 5

      Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in FinTech
      • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Financial Services
      • Applications of AI and ML in financial services
      • Challenges and opportunities of AI and ML in financial services
      • Future trends in AI and ML in financial services
    • Week 6

      Big data: powering the digital economy
      • Introduction to big data in financial services
      • Technologies, tools and applications for handling big data in financial services
      • Use cases for big data in financial services
      • Formative assessment
    • Week 7

      Digital banks and neo-banks
      • Overview of digital banks and neo-banks
      • Disruptive impact of digital banks and neo-banks
      • Innovative products and services of digital banks and neo-banks
      • Customer acquisition and retention strategies of digital banks and neo-banks
    • Week 8

      Open banking and the API economy
      • Overview of open banking
      • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in finance
      • Implications of open banking for financial services
      • Security and privacy considerations in open banking
    • Week 9

      Financial inclusion and social impact of FinTech innovation
      • The concept of financial inclusion
      • FinTech and financial inclusion
      • Social impact of FinTech
      • Ethical considerations in FinTech and financial inclusion
    • Week 10

      Regulatory challenges and opportunities in the FinTech sector
      • Overview of regulatory landscape for FinTech
      • Challenges, risks and opportunities for FinTech regulation
      • Course summary and conclusion
      • Summative assessment

What you will receive

10 UK Level 7 Credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Business School

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

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 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.

Career-focused learning by Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

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