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FinTech and Policy MSc - 2021/2

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc FinTech and Policy

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip FinTech and Policy
PGCert FinTech and Policy

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61137 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

100362, 100832

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

WANG Shuhui (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide a high quality education that is both intellectually rigorous and at the forefront of FinTech and Policy research, relevant for problem solving and decision making by managers, policy makers, business organisations and legal professionals.
  • To respond to the emergent needs of corporations, financial and legal service providers, as well as academia, for professionals who are able to work with analytical, legal, programming and conceptual tools to solve business, social, legal, ethical and policy problems and generate value from available information using the systems that underlie the operations of modern corporations.
  • To implant understanding of the theoretical base around FinTech, Policy, Law and Ethics, practical skills and experience in using analytical, argumentative, legal and ethical policy tools, arguments and evidence. It will allow future professional managers, financial services professionals, legal professionals, and consultants to cope with an increasingly complex and global operational environment of modern digital markets. Completion of the programme will provide a sound foundation for those considering continuing their academic development towards a PhD degree in the related disciplines.
  • To provide students with a choice between a more quantitative intensive track of modules or a qualitative analytic (policy and ethics) which would reflect students' personal strengths and preferences and match future career aspirations.
  • The compulsory modules provide a sound foundation which builds an analytical, programming, financial, legal and ethical skillset using relevant theories and practical problem solving tools, and supports the development of practical hands-on experience applying the theoretical aspects using real-world case studies, tools and project work to address corporate, social, legal and ethical challenges and find solutions to actual problems related to FinTech and its wider social consequences.
  • The readings in the module will build a sound basis which would allow students to access and understand the academic literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of policy decision, FinTech business development and ethical decision-making.
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects.
  • Societal and environmental context - A graduate from the MSc Programme should be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her business activities.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to FinTech, policy, law and ethics. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Deep and thorough understanding of analytical methodologies, argumentative techniques, discursive policy debates and hand-on experience with decision-making tools. KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge about issues, application and analysis of Big Data. K PGDip, MSc
An understanding of the academic research process. KT MSc
Demonstrate deep learning, understanding of the material and ability to apply the knowledge and demonstrate skills in problem solving in the topic space of the modules studied. KC PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate the ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to Business Analytics, FinTech, Policy, Law and Ethics. KP PGDip, MSc
Know and apply a range of techniques and tools to analyse data related to business operations. CP MSc
Relate existing knowledge structures and methodologies to analytical business challenges, legal and ethical questions, plus policy debates related to finance and technology. CP PGCert, PGDip, MSc
An ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to pose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological applications. T MSc
Demonstrate the ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to FinTech as well as policy solutions and ethical frameworks applied in this area. KT MSc
Relate existing knowledge structures and methodologies to business challenges, legal and regulatory questions and ethical issues relating finance, tech, data, privacy and consumer behaviour. T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Overview of FinTech (MANM493) will be taught in the Autumn semester for students starting the programme in September. This module will be taught in the Spring semester for students starting the programme in February.

All other modules will be taught for both cohorts, at the same time, as outlined in the programme documentation.

Choose 5 from the listed optional modules. 2 of these must be in Semester 1 and 3 of these in Semester 2.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.