Postgraduate taught 

Financial Technology MSc

Fintech Pathways Project: Research Pathway BUS5041P

  • 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 research pathway involves students delivering a monograph examining a theoretical or practical area of fintech.


Research Pathway: Approximately 10 weeks of self-directed research (following a conventional dissertation model).

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 research 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 demonstrate skill in using research databases and other academic and industry sources of information to structure and address a theoretical or practice-based problem

5. To design and operationalise appropriate research methodologies to answer research problems.

6. To effectively communicate results to academic and non-academic (e.g. industry) stakeholders through an oral presentation.

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.