Postgraduate taught 

Financial Technology MSc

Fintech Pathways Project: Start-up Pathway BUS5042P

  • 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 Start-up pathway involves students going through an incubation process to support the development of a new venture idea investor pitch deck and portfolio of research.


Start-up Pathway: Approximately 6 weeks of 'incubation' 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 start-up 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. Use a collection of start-up tools to develop a professional pitch-deck

5. Engage with potential product/service users to validate ideas

6. Experience negative feedback on an idea from potential users and investors and to develop resilience in order to refine the idea.

7. Deliver an investor pitch to a panel of experts.

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.