UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0162: Fintech

Taught by
Nikhil Vadgama
MSc Finance students only
Delivery method
The module will be delivered over 5 weeks in 3-hour blocks
Online examination (1 hour) 20%, Group field report 80%
Previous Module Code

Course overview

This module aims to give students an up to the minute understanding of innovation in the Financial Services Sector, especially in the context of emerging technology applications (AI, DLT etc). Fintech is accelerating change in all areas of our personal and professional financial lives. This course combines a theoretical understanding of major areas of financial technology innovation, with regard to both incumbents and disruptors, with practical exercises, experiences, and interactions. Participants will not only gain an understanding of the fintech ecosystem, but also be able to utilise business models and innovation frameworks for applications of technology to the financial services industry. This involves understanding the key players and stakeholders, history, trends, regulation, business models, disruptive technologies, the resources available to enable and accelerate new entrants, and the process and strategies needed to be successful.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

To understand key areas and their applications within Fintech, such as: Money, Banking, Payments, Lending, Crowdfunding/Investing, Wealth Management, Insurance, Cryptocurrencies, Cybersecurity, Identity and Regulation

Be able to map out and explore the Fintech ecosystem and understand what/who the drivers of change and innovation are, and their significance and potential consequences

Understand and evaluate how fintech startups are disrupting incumbent players

Explore and assess the impact of emergent technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Distrusted Ledger Technologies and Biometrics on the Fintech landscape

To be able to analyse and develop strategic recommendations for a fintech disruption or innovation

Suggested Bibliography

Banking Beyond Banks and Money: A Guide to Banking Services in the Twenty-First Century. ISBN-13: 978-3319424460

Frontiers of Financial Technology: Expeditions in future commerce, from blockchain and digital banking to prediction markets and beyond. ISBN-13: 978-1537248899

Bank of England - Fintech Resources: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/research/fintech

Payment Systems Regulator: https://www.psr.org.uk/

Financial Conduct Authority - FCA-Innovate: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/fca-innovate

Cutting through the noise around financial technology; McKinsey: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/cutting-through-the-noise-around-financial-technology

Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment Of Disruptive Potential In Financial Services; WEF; http://www3.weforum.org/docs/Beyond_Fintech_-_A_Pragmatic_Assessment_of_Disruptive_Potential_in_Financial_Services.pdf

Future of Fintech; Financial Times; https://www.ft.com/reports/future-of-fintech

Innovate UK – Fintech Blog: https://innovateuk.blog.gov.uk/tag/uk-fintech/

World Fintech Report; Capgemini: https://www.capgemini.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/world-fintech-report-wftr-2018.pdf

Assessment summary

Online examination (1 hour) 20%, Group field report 80%

Essential reading

Suggested Reading:

Flash Boys, Michael Lewis, W. W. Norton & Company 2014 Industries of the Future, Alec Ross, Simon&Schuster 2016 How fintech firms using mobile/ blockchain technologies to create the Internet of Value –Chris Skinner 2016

Selected articles from: Bobsguide.com, efinancialnews.com,Thefinanser.com, Forbes Magazine   Business Insider Intelligence (http://uk.businessinsider.com/kpmg-cb-insights-fintech-funding-2016-2017-3), EY (http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY-UK-FinTech-On-the-cutting-edge)and KPMG( https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/pdf/2016/05/the-pulse-of-fintech.pdf),  

FCA (https://www.the-fca.org.uk/firms/fintech-and-innovative-businesses), SWIFT (https://innotribe.com/2015-startup-challenge/

Breaking Banks: The Innovators, Rogues, and Strategists Rebooting Banking (Wiley 2014), Brett King   ISBN 1118900154, 9781118900154

Business Funding for Dummies, Helene Panzarino (Wiley 2016) ISBN 9781119111597    

Past versions of this module

MSIN0162 18/19

Last updated Tuesday, 16 July 2019