Module code: MANM492

Module Overview

This is a compulsory module for the MSc in FinTech and Policy Programme. The module provides an opportunity to conduct study on a FinTech-related situation and reflect on it. Students are expected to select a FinTech and policy-related issue, conduct an independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. Students will have the opportunity to consult with the Module Convenor while deciding on the business case that interests them. The research should be based on secondary data sources.

Students will have opportunity to understand the techniques essential in writing financial reports in the taught module “Cases in FinTech”. In addition, support session will be conducted by the module convenor to assist students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the report

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

SUN Emma (SBS)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 278

Seminar Hours: 6

Guided Learning: 16

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Students will identify a topic area of interest in FinTech that they wish to develop further through their project. This must be relevant to their programme of study. The module is largely based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the summer.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Individual project report (5000 words including 500 executive summary) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Critically define and identify the current issues or topic with the landscape of Fintech.

  • Undertake an independent analysis using appropriate primary and secondary sources.

  • Design a project using appropriate methodologies and techniques of enquiry.

  • Critically evaluate, analyse, and present a well-structured project report.

The summative assessment for this module consists of 5000 words project report, which count for 100% of the final grade.

All Projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Formative assessment

  • Students should build on the outcomes and feedback received in the Cases in FinTech and Policy module and develop a project – using secondary research – that demonstrates the successful understanding the module’s aims and outcomes.


  • Additionally, the module offers a platform (via SurreyLearn) for students to give and receive feedback. Finally, weekly office hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with the workload when necessary.

Module aims

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of a FinTech-related issue in a business and policy context.
  • Analyze a FinTech-related problem or opportunity in light of the insight gained from the context using appropriate finance and legal research tools
  • Develop and apply relevant and robust research methodology
  • Outline recommendations in a convincing manner

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Present a substantial piece of coherent work based on self-directed research KCT
002 Identify an appropriate research topic, develop worthwhile research objectives and frame relevant research questions plus utilizing appropriate research methodologies to the project at hand. CPT
003 Write cogently to show an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic in FinTech and Policy KPT
004 Analyze and present the research findings and produce sound conclusions KCT
005 Be aware of the limitations of the study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/ or alternative applications or methodological approaches. K
006 Communicate the findings and provide recommendations in a concise manner, suitable for presentation to industry (the executive summary) CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The module commences mid-August and is completed by late September of the same year.

The learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduce and report independent research. It builds on the Cases in FinTech and Policy module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
FinTech and Policy MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2022/3 academic year.