Postgraduate taught 

Financial Technology MSc

Fintech Pathways Project: Research Pathway BUS5041P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Research Pathway provides the opportunity to obtain practical experience of planning and implementing a fintech-related academic research project. Students apply the knowledge gained in the MSc Financial Technology programme to investigate a cutting-edge fintech topic, while developing their professional network, communication skills and industry knowledge. Students are supported by an academic supervisor and a blend of online and in-person sessions.


The course operates for 13 weeks from May to August incorporating one induction week, six weeks for project implementation, and six weeks for assignment preparation and presentation. There is also a pre-course briefing to support students with the project identification and application process, and a research and projects methods module to support project implementation. Teaching sessions are as follows:


(i) Pre-course project briefing (January/February): 1x1-hour lecture

(ii) Research and projects methods 4x2-hour lecture and 1x1-hour lecture

(iii) Induction 1x2-hour lectures; 2x2-hour workshops

(ii) Masterclasses  4x1-hour workshops re assessment and/or industry insights

Excluded Courses

BUS5024P: MSc Financial Technology Pathways Project - Industry

BUS5042P: MSc Financial Technology Pathways Project - Startup




ILO being assessed

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with practical experience of planning, implementing and communicating a self-directed, fintech-based academic research project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Identify and formulate a relevant fintech-related problem with associated research aims and questions.

2. Critically evaluate relevant academic literature in the context of the research problem.

3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the fintech topic and the contribution made by the study

4. Analyse and evaluate data appropriately with relevant approaches.

5. Design a research methodology that is appropriate and evidenced, with a clear rationale for its use relative to other approaches

6. Deliver a professional presentation on a fintech project.

7. Demonstrate written communication skills that articulate a fintech-related problem, analysis and contribution in an academic format and supported by appropriate evidence.

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.