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Professional Academy Diploma in Fintech

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Turbocharge your understanding of the fintech sector with this 12-week Fintech course. Explore how fintech has made it easier and cheaper to transfer money, manage investments, and plan finances and why both established and challenger companies in this sector are leveraging technology.

Fintech Course Modules

This in-depth course is designed to give you a thorough comprehension of fintech, including its historical context and future potential. Using real-world case studies, you will develop an awareness of how both startups and traditional institutions are using fintech in areas such as lending, currency, insurance, and wealth management. You will learn about tools and practices such as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and cryptocurrency.

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1. The Revolution In Payments

Understand how fintech companies are making it easier, cheaper, and more convenient to transfer money.

  • Fintech business models
  • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • History of the payments industry

2. The Promise Of Cryptocurrency

Learn about Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), which is behind cryptocurrency and could fundamentally change finance. Look at the many challenges that have so far slowed progress.

  • History of cryptocurrency
  • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Blockchain
  • Smart contracts

3. CBDC & The Future Of Money

Learn about the potential of Central Bank Digital Currencies, an electronic form of central bank money that would make daily payments fast, easy, and secure.

  • Stablecoin
  • CBDC

4. Other Fintech Business Models

Learn about the main fintech lending models, such as peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and ‘buy now, pay later’.

  • Peer-to-peer
  • Buy now, pay later

5. Regulation & Regtech

Understand how light regulation has encouraged the rise of fintech and how the EU’s Payment Services Directive (PSD2) has encouraged open banking.

  • Bank capital requirements
  • PSD2
  • Open banking
  • Regtech

6. Insurtech & Wealthtech

Understand how technology is changing the insurance and wealth management industries.

  • AI in wealth management
  • Machine Learning in wealth management
  • The digitisation of insurance

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Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course is ideal for professionals looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of the fintech sector. By the end of the course, you will be able to discuss the implications of fintech adoption (or lack of adoption) in sectors such as commerce, lending, currency markets, insurance, and wealth management. You will be familiar with the different models, protocols, and practices used to provide fintech products and have studied real-world examples of fintech solutions to give context to your understanding.

How will this course help with my career?

Originally associated with ‘alternative’ financial products, fintech startups acted as disruptors in their industry. But fintech is now mainstream and many traditional incumbents offer credible fintech propositions. Globally, 64% of individuals and 25% of SMEs use fintech solutions. In Ireland, fintech is a significant employer. This course would suit professionals working in a finance-related role that is experiencing change because of fintech innovation, looking to move into fintech, or needing to understand the threats or opportunities to their own business.

What is the learning experience like?

Many of our courses are now available in a variety of formats. All formats cover the same course content. You now have more choice in how you learn with us:

Live Online

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

On Campus

UCD Professional Academy is delighted to welcome learners back on the UCD Belfield Campus. On Campus courses are delivered in-person with our industry experts in the O'Brien Science building.

On Demand

On Demand courses enable you to complete your course on your own schedule. Course modules are delivered in the form of one “lesson”. The lesson is broken up into short videos followed by activities designed to put the new information and concepts into practice through exercises, quizzes, forum participation and other activities.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through two written assessments. You will pick a fintech of your choice, one that is relevant to your own business or is of interest to you. Then, you will complete each of the assignments by referring to and researching your fintech of choice. The first report-style assignment is due in week8, and the second is due two weeks after the last class, although you will be able to start completing them throughout the course.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

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How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certificate to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

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