From Blockchain to Machine Learning, the Best Fintech Courses Revealed

As technology continues to redefine the provision of financial services, professionals working in the industry run the risk of being pushed out to sea by the torrent of Fintech disruption if they don’t acquire the right skills.

In this post, we’ll touch upon the growth of Fintech and examine some of the courses that promise to help professionals adapt to an increasingly dynamic world of finance.

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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 3-fold digitisation of:

  • assets
  • operations
  • and workforce 

And there’s a quite startling observation: given a large part of innovation is happening outside of traditional finance most working in the industry are unaware of the scale and speed at which technology is transforming finance.

It was in response to the growing knowledge gap among finance professionals that CFTE was founded.


Fintech courses on the rise

Along with CFTE, there are a number of Fintech courses that seek to help professionals in finance upskill and seize the opportunities that are being created by innovation and financial services.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to get a strong grasp of what Fintech means for finance or an entrepreneur looking to build the next PayPal, the courses outlined below will give you the tools to succeed in a world of Fintech.


List of Fintech courses


1. Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship: Around Fintech in 8 Hours

What better place to start than with CFTE’s first online Fintech course.

Around Fintech in 8 Hours is a foundation course designed to give professionals working in finance a comprehensive understanding of the state of finance today by covering the core Fintech concepts.

From the main technological trends to the dynamic and rapidly expanding ecosystem participants, learn from 4 senior lecturers who between them have taught Fintech at Singapore Management University, Imperial College London, Said Business School, Oxford University and The University of Hong Kong.

In addition, each chapter has 4 industry experts (16 in total who are who are CEOs, Fintech entrepreneurs, investors and heads of innovation) who lend their expert insights that consist of first-hand experience to show learners, using real-life examples, how Fintech in creating a new type of finance.

With the end user in mind, the course has been designed in an accessible format.

In 8 hours and across 16 modules, 30 minutes each, participants can expect to grasp how Fintech is transforming finance.



Study Method: Online

Starts: 30th October

Length: At your own pace

Certification: Certificate of Completion

Cost: £299

Register here



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

An age-old institution with a truly innovative approach to education makes its move into the Fintech education space. It’s also 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 Fintech will help.



Study Method: Online

Starts: 9th October

Length:10-week programme

Certification: Certificate of Attendance from Oxford University

Cost: £2,500

Register Link here.



3. 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.



4. 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.



5. 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.



6. 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.


7. Fintech School

Based in San Francisco, the Fintech School offer a number of blended learning courses aimed at introducing professionals to key Fintech topics such Blockchain, Crowdfunding and Robo-Advisors.

The courses are delivered by experienced instructors who are active members of the Fintech community through being Co-founders, CEOs and senior executives of Fintech companies.

They will walk you through a number of ‘101’ styled Fintech courses with an intended purpose of giving students a soft introduction to Fintech. In addition to their online Fintech courses, they hold a number of workshops across North America if you’re interested in a more immersive programme – they even let you pay in Ethereum!



Study Method: In-class and online

Starts: Mixed start dates

Length: Course dates vary

Cost: Prices start from $99! (Worth a look if you’re on a budget!)

Location: North America

Register Here


Which one of the FinTech courses to choose?

A difficult question.

We’d be biased of course to say choose the three 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 Fintech 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…


Editors Note: This post has was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated to include changes in course availability.


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