Master of Financial Technology (Online)

Duration

As little as 2 years

Courses

12 courses

Study intakes

September, October, January, March, May and July

Study mode

100% Online

Program code

8433

Completion time dependent on individual study path, RPL, leave and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

What you will study

UNSW’s 100% online Master of Financial Technology will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the interdependency between Finance and Technology, and equip you with the applied technical skills to remain relevant and competitive in today’s dynamic and technology driven landscape.

The program will deliver technical financial technology skills across a range of courses to provide you with the confidence to lead and innovate teams, start-ups and businesses. Graduates will also gain an understanding of relevant financial technologies, frameworks and what it means to be an ethical professional in a disruptive and innovative industry, and establish a competitive career advantage within this lucrative and evolving industry

Program Overview

  • All 12 core courses (from List A)
  • Or, any 11 core courses (from List A),
    plus 1 available elective course (from List B)
  • Or, any 10 courses (from List A),
    plus 2 available elective courses (from List B)

 

LIST A - CORE COURSES
  • FinTech Ecosystem and Industry Insights
  • Decentralised Finance
  • RegTech Applications for Banking and Finance
  • Tech Disruption in Payments and Transfers
  • Tech Disruption in Funding and Lending
  • InsurTech and Financial Risk Management
  • Technical Tools for FinTech^
  • Problem-solving Methods for FinTech^*
  • Data Management for FinTech^*
  • Robo-Advisory and Portfolio Optimisation^*
  • Managing a FinTech Startup#
  • Applied FinTech Project#

^Courses requiring programming (Python) knowledge. *Pre-requisite: Technical Tools for FinTech. #Capstone courses. Pre-requisite: Completion of 48 Units of Credit (UOC), which is the equivalent of 8 courses. Masters students must complete either Managing a FinTech Startup or Applied FinTech Project.

The UNSW Online experience

The Master of Financial Technology program has been designed with the busy working professional in mind and offers you a learning environment where you can learn each course in seven-week blocks. This means you can graduate in as little as 2 years so you can leverage the employer demand sooner.

Our academics are some of the best in the world and even though you’re studying online, you can expect your learning experience to be of the same high standard as that of our on-campus students.

Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor, who is committed to assisting you from enrolment through to graduation. They are on hand for all non- academic queries by phone or email.

 

 

LIST B - ELECTIVE COURSES
  • Managing People, Analytics and Change
  • Data and Ethics
  • Principles of Programming
  • Foundations of Cyber Security
  • Big Data Management
  • Foundations of Data Science

Available elective courses will vary per program and study period.

Entry requirements

General admission requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Financial Technology you must have:

  • A  recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with WAM of 65 or above as determined by the UNSW Admissions entry calculator in any of the following areas: business, commerce, information systems & technology management, information technology, computer engineering and software engineering.

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Entry via nested qualification

Generally, if you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology with a WAM of 65 or above, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma and/or Masters by coursework degree.

 

 

Related program

Prefer a more traditional finance program or data analysis? Perhaps a Master of Applied Finance or Master of Data Science is for you.

Master of Applied Finance

Master of Data Science

 

Frequently asked questions
What is the online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW?

The online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW is a program for ambitious working professionals with an interest in finance, technological innovation, and data analysis and visualisation. Learn to evaluate, communicate, and implement new ideas and how to seize opportunities in the growing FinTech industry.

Designed and delivered by Australia's #1 ranked School of Banking and Finance*, the Master of Financial Technology helps you gain the skills required to respond to the technological revolution in the financial services industry. You will Build knowledge of the latest technology through hands-on experience and applied learning, while understanding the full context of the FinTech landscape.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022

What jobs can you get with the online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW?

The online Master of Financial Technology will deliver technical financial skills across a range of courses to provide you with the confidence to lead and innovate teams, start-ups and businesses across personal, corporate and public areas of finance. Graduates will gain an understanding of relevant financial technologies, frameworks, and what it means to be an ethical professional in a disruptive and innovative industry. Job roles can include, but are not limited to:

  • App Developer
  • Block Chain Developer
  • Charter Developer
  • Compliance Expert
  • Cryptocurrency Trader
  • Decentralised Finance Developer
  • Finance Consultant
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Business Manager
  • Financial Regulators
  • Fintech Business Analyst
  • Innovation And Research Manager
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Investment Data Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Quantitative Traders
  • Risk Analyst
  • Start-Up Entrepreneur
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Wealthtech And Robo-Advisors

Learn more about careers in financial technology.

Is Financial Technology in demand?

Finance Technology (FinTech) professionals are some of the most in-demand globally, with the sector thriving in a post-pandemic digitally focused world. It is estimated that the industry has grown from a $250 million industry in 2015 to $4 billion in 2021*. The accelerated adoption of fintech products and services has generated job opportunities for upskilling finance professionals, career-changing IT professionals and early career employees who are ready for finance’s fourth industrial revolution.

It’s a good time to be thinking about investing in a career in FinTech. Designed and delivered by Australia's top ranked School of Banking and Finance, the online Master of Financial Technology helps you gain the skills required to respond to the technological revolution in the financial services industry.

*Australian Fintech: Leading the World

Is Financial Technology a good career option?

The financial technology (FinTech) industry has seen rapid, exponential growth in recent years with the shift away from traditional finance settings like physical banks. With experts expecting this growth to continue to about $310 billion in 2022, there are no signs of the industry slowing down any time soon.

As FinTech is one of the largest industries globally, this is attractive to students who have more traditional banking roles and are looking for future job security to complement their existing skillset. FinTech is also an excellent career option for digitally savvy developers, entrepreneurs and financial consultants who can think of new ways of delivering financial products and services.

With the rise of technology changing the face of financial services, FinTech offers exciting prospects for those entering the industry. Given the presence of technology in an emerging financial industry, FinTech is increasing in importance and offers diversity with opportunities for growth in start-ups and multimillion dollar companies. FinTech will be the driving force behind the careers of the future.

Discover why FinTech is the industry you need to be in.

What is the difference between the online Master of Applied Finance and the online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW?

The online Master of Financial Technology will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the interdependency between finance and technology, and equip you with the applied technical skills to remain relevant and competitive in today’s dynamic and technology-driven landscape.

The program will deliver FinTech skills across a range of courses to provide you with the confidence to lead and innovate teams, start-ups and businesses. Graduates will also gain an understanding of relevant financial technologies, frameworks and what it means to be an ethical professional in a disruptive and innovative industry, and establish a competitive career advantage within this lucrative and evolving industry. Students who enrol into the Master of Financial Technology can further shape their understanding of the financial landscape by selecting courses from the Master of Applied Finance as their electives.

In contrast, the online Master of Applied Finance gives students the financial knowledge to confidently apply, manage and lead financial functions at all business levels in both domestic and global contexts. Students will learn how to apply theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as financial practices, to overcome market challenges and enhance professional performance, giving you the competitive edge to thrive.

The Master of Applied Finance program focuses on traditional financial services in contemporary organisations, whilst the Master of Financial Technology is focused on the re-imaging of data and technology to innovate, evaluate, communicate and implement new solutions in the industry.

How much does it cost to study the Master of Financial Technology at UNSW Online?

The total indicative cost of completing a Master of Financial Technology depends on the elective courses you choose to complete and any recognition of prior learning before the commencement of your studies. The 2023 indicative Domestic tuition fee for the Master of Financial Technology is $55,800*. More information can be found at international tuition fees.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university program. This Government loan scheme helps to pay for all or part of their tuition.

*All prices are listed in Australian dollars. Go to our Fees page for up-to-date information inclusive of 2023 indicative International program fees. Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. Study plans and completion times might vary depending on the choice of elective courses, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), leave and course availability. For more information, please speak with a Student Advisor.

Can I study Master of Financial Technology without a bachelor's degree?

If you are looking to study the online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW but do not have a recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification), then you will need to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology.

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology without a bachelor’s degree, you must have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in a commercial or public service organisation related to banking, finance, or technology.

Generally, if you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with a WAM of 65 or above, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma and/or Masters by coursework degree.

Find out more about the online Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology at UNSW.

How long does it take to complete the online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW?

Study anywhere at any time, and graduate with a Master of Financial Technology in as little as two years without taking time out of the workforce. The immersive education experience has been crafted to align with the motivations and experiences of the busy working professional.

You can shape your studies to fit in with your career and lifestyle, studying one course at a time, increasing your employability, and instantly adding value to your career and organisation.

What type of commitment is required for each week?

UNSW Online advises a minimum of 15-20 hours of study per week for the Master of Financial Technology. The study mode is 100% online so there are no on-campus requirements.

Discover some tips on how to maximise your study.

What is the maximum Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the Master of Financial Technology and how do I know if I am eligible?

Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate studies provided that they meet relevant course requirements. If you are eligible for admission and you have undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Students can apply for RPL during the program application process and must ensure all relevant supporting documents are submitted for assessment if requested by Admissions, including course outlines from the same year they completed the relevant course/s as content may change over time. Courses successfully completed within the past ten years can be used for credit transfer within a program as provided within the program rules and the University rules on credit.

If completed similar courses in previous study, Master of Financial Technology students can claim up to 2 courses (12 units of credit) of RPL advanced standing. However, RPL advanced standing is not permitted for Graduate Diploma in Financial Technology or the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology students.

Find out more about RPL and credit transfer at UNSW. Speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor to learn more about additional requirements and to receive guidance around the RPL process.