The new certificate programme is offered at the master’s level and may be started only in the autumn semester. Consistent with the multidisciplinary nature of FinTech, the study programme stands on four pillars: Finance (F), Technology and Methodology (T), Data Science (D), and Business Applications (B). The educational objective of this certificate is to enrich the students' knowledge about these four FinTech areas and provide them with necessary skills. Students who successfully complete the certificate will have extended their knowledge in the four above-mentioned areas:
F: Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and key Fintech concepts such as blockchain, smart contracts, (non-) fungible tokens, custody, swap, collateralised and uncollateralised (“flash”) loans.
T: Technological and methodological skills related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) relevant to FinTech applications such as predictive behavioural analytics, data-driven and algorithmic-based decision processes, robo-advisors.
D: Computer programming with emphasis on programming languages useful in FinTech, data analysis with emphasis on big and internet data, and computer-related issues such as cryptography and cybersecurity.
B: Digital businesses and digital value creation for financial services and products such as online and open banking, InsurTech, and RegTech.
In order to achieve its educational objective, the FinTech Certificate programme offers two types of Master’s courses:
- Two compulsory courses focusing on FinTech (8 ECTS credits in total).
- Three categories of compulsory elective courses in the remaining areas of T, D and B. Ideally, the FinTech students will take at least one course from each category. (16 ECTS credits in total)
To successfully complete the FTC, students should earn a total of 24 ECTS credits.