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

WANG Shuhui (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: 298

Lecture Hours: 1

Captured Content: 1

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 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 

  • Individual Project Report

  • 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 of the module’s aims and outcomes.


  • Weekly feedback and consultations hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with their queries. Feedback on the assessment will be provided via SurreyLearn.

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Present a substantial piece of coherent work based on self-directed research KCPT
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 KCPT
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. KCPT

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 learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct 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.

Live lectures provide a list of cases or topics for selection and a clear structure of project report, therefore, preparing students for their success in the assessments.


The module offers a platform for students to give and receive feedback via SurreyLearn. Weekly feedback and consultations hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with their queries. 

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

Digital CapabilitiesStudents will be exposed to real-world business problems which will allow them to evolve practical skills, such as data analysis and critical evaluation, and attributes to be forward-thinking in their application and implementation of digital solutions to meet diverse and complex challenges. Students are encouraged to use current media and data platforms such as Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), Bloomberg, Financial Times, Tomson Reuters, and company’s website. Students will develop proficiency in all aspects of digital engagement.

Employability: Case study and project management is an essential tool in professional life. The module provides an opportunity for students to recognize and analyse real-world business issues and to present ideas confidently, clearly, and fluently in writing. In return, students develop and enhance their interpersonal and professional skills.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: The module is taught within a diverse group of students with different nationalities and backgrounds. Students are encouraged to engage with, and learn from, diverse perspectives through interaction. Students will demonstrate awareness of, and respect for, intercultural variations in the FinTech industry, respecting diversity and promoting equality, inclusion and social justice.

Resourcefulness & Resilience (R&R): Students will develop attributes such as confidence, adaptability, self-regulation, self-efficacy, problem solving and decision-making abilities, through developing worthwhile research objectives and frame relevant research questions plus utilizing appropriate research methodologies to the project at hand and presenting their report in a professional manner. The effectiveness of the R&R will be inherent in assessment design.

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 2023/4 academic year.