Postgraduate taught 

Financial Technology MSc

Fintech Pathways Project: Industry Pathway BUS5024P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Fintech Pathways Project offers three routes (start-up, research and industry) for students to synthesise, experiment with and apply their knowledge and expertise in financial technologies. The industry pathway involves students being placed within a fintech-focussed company where they will be set a fintech business challenge.


Industry Pathway: Approximately 6 weeks industry placement followed by a portfolio writing up period (approx. 1 month).

Excluded Courses





ILO being assessed

Course Aims

The Fintech Pathways Project is a capstone module that enables students to apply the diverse knowledge and skills gained through the MSc Financial Technology program to real-world problems. The aim is for students to navigate the hard and soft skills required to understand a challenging technological problem, complete an industry challenge, or to create a fintech innovation. Specifically, the aims of each pathway are:


Research Pathway: for students to analyse and synthesise cutting-edge fintech literature to solve a real-world or conceptual challenge.

Industry Pathway: to socialise students into a corporate fintech setting and enable them to work on a live business problem, applying their expertise to develop an adoptable solution.

Start-up Pathway: to go through a rapid incubation process that supports students in the development, testing and pitching of a fintech idea.


The specific focus of this proposal is the industry pathway. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Provide a convincing argument that conveys to the audience in an appropriate way their solution to a fintech challenge.

2. Incorporate sufficient appropriate evidence in their evaluation of and argument for a fintech solution.

3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a financial technology and justify why its application is more effective than alternative technologies.

4. To show how a financial technology can be integrated and applied to solve a live business challenge.

5. To accept negative feedback and respond in a positive and constructive manner.

6. To manage relationships with key organisational stakeholders

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.