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Master of Finance with a specialism in FinTech

Duration:
Full time (1+ years)
* Only available in full-time study mode

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
Full-time:
20 Jan 2021

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Masters Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE
 



Digital Transformation for IR4.0
 

Powered by FinTech - All Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance Programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech).

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • Solid in-depth knowledge in the theory and practice of decision making needed to face the challenges in the FinTech industry.
  • An understanding of the demanding financial environment and its key areas at a global level.
  • Specialised financial knowledge and tools to move from theory to real-world applications needed for a graduate to be at the forefront of the FinTech world.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

Master of Finance

(Applicants with Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Software Engineering, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Statistics maybe considered for entry to the Master of Finance programme.)

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree in related field with CGPA below 2.75 out of 4.00 but above 2.50; or its equivalent qualification can be accepted, subject to a minimum of 5 years’ working experience in relevant field.

• Relevant professional accounting qualifications equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as accepted by the Senate.

• English Requirements: IELTS 6.5

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS
(Only Applicable to International Students)

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment. Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (previous Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree taught in English) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


FinTech for the Future

Financial Technology (FinTech) is gaining momentum year-on-year and creating a huge demand for professionals with specific FinTech skills. Traditional accounting and finance industry is getting digitally transformed. To cater to the skill gap in the Financial Services the technology application has become an essential part of the graduate skill.

Traditional financial institutions and fintech start-ups alike are looking for more candidates who specialize in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. According to reporting by Bloomberg reporting and data from LinkedIn[1], job listings requiring these skills in the financial industry increased nearly 60% in the past year. APU Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance programmes are designed to cater to the increased demand for finance graduates with FinTech skills.

FUTURISTIC: [ ADVANCEMENTS ]

Powered by FINTECH

"FinTech is massively popular. 96% of global consumers are aware of FinTech-driven money transfer and payment services. 3 out of 4 consumers have used an alternative money transfer and payment service."

EY Global FinTech Adoption Index

60% of consumers want to transact business with financial institutions with a single platform, such as social media or mobile banking apps.
(Ernst & Young)

"Global FinTech market investments have seen a 28% year-on-year rise from 2018 to 2019." Tranglo

In 2017, 88% of incumbent financial institutions feared that they would lose money to the disruptive innovation of fintech companies, but 82% plan to partner with fintech startups in the next 3–5 years. (PwC)

In 2019, 64% of consumers worldwide have used one or more fintech platforms, up from 33% in 2017.
(Ernst & Young)

"Financial institutions are becoming more technology focused. We see it as the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. Looking forward, we expect FinTech disruptors to continue to expand into other areas within financial services."

Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)

"FinTech is changing businesses and customers rapidly. Those that embrace FinTech will stay at the forefront of their markets; those that don't will lose out on opportunities, customers, and market share."

Bernard Marr, Forbes


 

“The Southeast Asia region is ripe for tremendous growth in the FinTech industry in 2019.”
A 2019 report by Tech Collective

https://internationalfinance.com/southeast-asia-becomes-the-fintech-innovation-hotspot/


The Benefits of the Programme:

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand the financial system and the linkages of financial institutions and markets to corporations, individuals and governments.
  • Understand the financial technology (FinTech) ecosystem and the developments that shape the financial industry in the 21st century.
  • Acquire the necessary skills to be a successful financial enthusiast championing financial solutions in the 21st century.
  • Interpret principles & understandings of financial workings in the world of FinTech.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative techniques in analysing problems in Finance & Technology and solve complex, unstructured finance or investment related problems.
  • Perform advanced methods and procedures in solving complex problems by extending the knowledge of the Finance discipline into more specialized areas.
  • Employ digital skills such as word processing, the web and econometric packages in analysing financial data while conducting research in a professional field.
  • Demonstrate advanced numeracy skills in solving complex problems.
  • Apply experience learned and solid understanding of the realities of a business especially in FinTech related areas.

Who Should Attend:

This degree is intended for finance professionals looking to widen their skill base or students who have made a professional commitment to pursue a career in the financial service industry with a focus on FinTech skills and who have studied finance in an undergraduate degree and interested in equipping with the most comprehensive array of analytical tools and techniques. This Master of Finance (FinTech) could be a stepping stone to one of the most sought-after careers in the finance sectors broadly defined as corporate finance, security analysis, portfolio management, financial technology, and the functioning of financial institutions and markets.


Modules & Project:

The modules are designed to provide a solid understanding of financial principles and technology applications of those understanding to various aspects of the finance industry. The students are able to act autonomously in planning and implementing financial strategies.

Pre-Requisite Modules (For non-computing students: to be completed upon 1st month of the programme)

  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
Core Modules
  • Cybercrime and Investigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Financial Technology
  • Big Data Analytics and Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • International Finance
  • Research Methodology
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Project

Project:

You will be expected to conduct effective research in relation to FinTech for both academic and industrial purposes. The project will provide you with an opportunity to study a topic related to FinTech in the form of a written report. You are required to develop your chosen research study by conducting literature reviews, engaging with research methodology, developing skills in data collection and analysis. At the end of the study, you will produce and present a report conforming to the conventions of academic writing.


Career Options:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst (Financial Services)
  • Data Analyst (Financial Services)
  • Finance Manager
  • Insurance Manager
  • Securities Trader
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Fund Manager
  • Wealth Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Risk Manager
  • Credit Analyst

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students

International Students

RM 29,500

RM 36,800 (USD 9,200)

Fees stated above do not include Enrolment Fees, Registration Fees and other Miscellaneous Fees.


MQA Accreditation:

(R/343/7/0098)(10/23)(MQA/FA3456)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.