From Blockchain to Machine Learning, the Best Fintech Courses Revealed [UPDATE]

Fintech more than just a buzzword

A few years ago the word Fintech wasn’t even on most peoples mind within finance let alone outside the industry. But just like social media, IoT, and virtual reality became more than just buzzwords, people are waking up to the fact Fintech has the potential to transform finance as we know it.

Fintech about to go mainstream?

From the fringes, Fintech is fast pushing into the spotlight.

Perhaps you’ve seen Funding Circle latest TV ad? The online platform, which lends money to SME’s, is making a multi-million pound bid to establish itself as a household name and have its brand top of mind for any SME thinking about borrowing money.

This is just one example of how Fintech is transforming a core financial activity like loans. No doubt you’ve heard of the other technological innovations like blockchain, AI, and cryptocurrencies which are having a similar effect in verticals like payments, insurance, investment banking and capital markets.


Learning becomes even more important

It points to a fundamental truth that Fintech and the technologies it comprises are more than just incremental developments. They are transforming the finance industry and leading to the rapid digitisation of assets, operations, and slowly… workforce.

And there’s a quite startling observation: most who work in the industry are unaware of the scale and speed at which technology is changing the way people bank, get loans, access money and engage with finance.

The lack of awareness and understanding of how rapidly finance is changing is the very thesis on which the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship was born.

Our mission is to help finance professionals adapt by providing Fintech courses that will allow them to acquire the skills to enable them to thrive in a period of step-change.


But we’re not the only ones trying to help.


Fintech courses on the rise

There are a number of ‘Fintech courses’ that seek to help professionals in finance upskill and seize the opportunity for innovation and growth in the financial sector.

So while we continue on our roadmap for a Q4 launch, we thought we’d share the Fintech courses that are available to register now.

These courses vary in their degree of complexity. From Fintech basics to more advanced courses, the ‘Fintech Schools’ on our list below offer something for everyone.


List of Fintech courses


1. Said Business School: “The Oxford Fintech Programme”

What better place to start than with a course where our own Co-founder, Huy Nguyen Trieu, teaches. He will deliver the module on innovation in finance along with a host of well-recognised experts: Peter Tufano, David Shrier, Nir Vulkan and Alex Petland.

The course covers the basics, including the aforementioned technologies like AI, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies plus nascent technologies such as quantum computing. It aims to provide students with the skills and understanding to take new solutions to market and is based on group projects.

So if you’re interested in launching a new venture and want to go deep into understanding Fintech then this course will help. Be prepared, however, it’s intense and not designed for a complete beginner, some working knowledge of finance is a must.



Study Method: Online

Starts: 9th October

Length:10-week programme

Certification: Certificate of Attendance from Oxford University

Cost: £2,500

Register Link here.



2. Open University, “Understanding financial technologies”

Described as a Fintech 101 course and for a brief period delivered in partnership with Innovate Finance (although the link to the Innovate Finance page doesn’t work anymore), it was one of the first online Fintech courses.

The course aims to cover the basics. 

You’ll learn how finance is evolving and the main technologies driving this evolution. Expect definitions (i.e what is blockchain?), a macroeconomic perspective on change within finance and wider implications of Fintech on issues such as governance and regulation.


Study Method: Online

Starts: Anytime

Length: your pace

Certification: Open University Certificate, CPD qualified

Cost: £695

Register Link here.



3. Imperial College Business School: “Innovative Banking”

A course led by Prof Andrei Kirilenko (who’s also on the academic board of CFTE), which our Co-founder, Huy Nguyen Trieu, helped to design.

Unlike the previous two courses, this one is more focused on how bankers can apply key financial technologies like distributed ledgers, digital money and payments, and digital identity to their business models.

In other words, it’s less Fintech 101 and more real-world applications for bankers working in financial institutions who might be interested in exploring how to integrate Fintech into their product, services and organisational process.

Also, unlike the courses from Open University and Oxford which are online, this is a 2-day course held at Imperial College in London.


Study Method: In-class attendance

Starts: Course is available on fixed dates throughout the year

Length: 2 days

Cost: £2,390

Location: UK, London

Register link here.



4. Singapore Management University: Certificate in Fintech and Innovation

Similar to the Imperial course, the certificate in Fintech innovation is only available in-class and is taught by Daniel Liebau, who used to be IT Head for HSBC. The focus here is on innovation within finance and takes a close look at how the process has changed with the proliferation of Fintech.

Students can expect to get a firm grasp on the impact of innovative technologies on traditional business models and how they can replicate similar feats. Interesting point about this course is the emphasis on design thinking, a big trend in Fintech where the enhanced user experience is a key USP for new startups.


Study Method: In-class attendance

Starts: 27th September 2017

Length: 3 days

Certification: SMU Certificate in Fintech & Innovation

Cost: SGD 3,000

Location: Singapore

Register Link here.



5. Wake-up France: L’Ecole de La Fintech

French Fintech School launched by Anaïs Raoux. Their purpose is to help French finance professionals build their dream careers in today’s Finance. They have a bootcamp programme of 6 Saturdays in Paris that covers an overview of Fintech, the startup culture and an introduction to coding. They assembled a pretty impressive teaching team with some of the best representatives of the Fintech French scenes.



Study Method: In-class attendance

Starts: Next batch starts 16th September

Length: 6 weeks, once every Saturday

Cost: EUR 2,390

Location: Paris

Register link here.



6. MIT Fintech Certificate

Although this one has been discontinued, it was the most popular one last year, so we thought it deserved a mention at the very least.


Which one of the FinTech courses to choose?

A difficult question. We’d be biased of course to say choose the two with Huy involved… There is so much to learn in Fintech that if you can, perhaps you should take all of them! From Paris to London it would be a great journey through hyperspace! Joke aside, bear this in mind, if it takes hundreds of hours (and a very large amount of money…) for a student to learn the basics of finance, learning Fintech is not something one could do in 2 hours…


[UPDATE: 15/10/17]

Time flies. Since we wrote this article a few things have changed:

1.  The Oxford Fintech Programme has begun. So you might have to wait a little while to take the programme until their next one begins.

2. If you can’t wait for the programme, well some really good news: We’ve launched our first Fintech course! It’s called Around Fintech in 8 Hours and it’s been designed to help professionals acquire a solid understanding of Fintech in just 8 Hours. Designed in collaboration with 20 Senior Fintech figures, you can learn much more here: 


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