Postgraduate taught 

Financial Technology MSc

Business Models for Innovation in Finance MGT5396

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course examines business model innovation from two different point of views: business model design as a critical aspect of successfully starting new fintech ventures and business model reconfiguration as a critical aspect of renewal and innovation in established firms. The course reviews prominent business model innovations and explores successful strategies to introduce business model innovations of new entrants and incumbent firms. Students learn how firms use innovations in business models to create and capture value and how obstacles and barriers against business model innovation can be managed. Students apply the concepts and theories discussed in class to their own technology-based ventures or finance firms of interest.



Course is delivered over 1 week, comprising of 10 hours of lectures and 6 hours of business model workshops.

Excluded Courses





At the beginning of the course, students will form small teams to conduct a business model design exercise, including researching and analysing business model elements, generating business model options, and formulating a strategy to implement different business model designs. Teams can either perform this task for a technology-venture or finance firm the group is interested in or select from a list of firms made available by the course coordinator. The work of the teams will be assessed in form of a business model report and a presentation.


ILO being assessed



Word Length/Duration

1, 2, 3, 4

Group report


4,000 words


Group presentation


20 min

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop competencies in creating and managing new business models for innovation in finance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate critical understanding of theories, concepts and principles of business model design;

2. Apply critical analysis and evaluation of business models;

3. Demonstrate critical awareness of current issues in the development of new business models in the financial service sector;

4. Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in the process of developing business model innovations, especially under conditions of market and technological uncertainty;

5. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of stakeholders the results of an undertaken business model assessment and present entrepreneurial strategies to implement a new business model.

6. Identify and use ways of working in a professional way with others to achieve aims and outcomes and to implement plans

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.