UCL Institute of Finance and Technology


Banking and Digital Finance MSc

Our dynamic Banking and Digital Finance MSc aims to give students a systematic understanding of advanced financial technological applications, helping them become leaders in their field.

Visit the Banking and Digital Finance MSc prospectus page to find out more about programme fees and entry requirements, including our English language requirements.

The programme aims to produce graduates ready to serve the needs of universal banks, mutual and pension funds, investment banks, governments, central banks and advisory bodies. 

By gaining critical awareness of current issues and the development of financial systems and markets, our students will be able to convey their knowledge of leading edge research and practice in the field.

Once they enter professional practice, our graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • analytical aspects of banking and financial markets
  • interpretation and analysis of data and big data 
  • banking products and operations
  • crypto economics
  • AI and machine learning

Programme information 

Please note that the programme and module information given below is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Banking and Digital Finance MSc will focus on major practical and theoretical applications in banking, and the most innovative aspects of digital banking. The programme will emphasise the analytical foundation of finance and financial products, focusing on theory and methods, and making extensive use of relevant practical applications.

Programme Dates
  • Banking and Digital Finance MSc can be studied as a Full-Time one year programme, which lasts for a full academic year (September to September), or a Part-Time two year programme, which lasts for two full academic years.
  • All students must be in London for the first day of Term One. See the relevant UCL Terms dates webpage for further information.   
  • Core and optional module lectures, and any workshops, normally take place on weekdays between 08:00 – 21.00 hours, but may be scheduled for weekends, particularly Saturdays.

Structure and modules

Delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, classes, workshop sessions and independent or group work, Banking and Digital Finance MSc is highly applied, with research-driven teaching that will introduce students to the most innovative aspects of digital finance. 
The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) studied over two terms, and a project dissertation (60 credits), undertaken over Term Three and the summer. There are no optional modules.

We aim to schedule compulsory teaching components over two days. If there are changes to this timetable structure, we will endeavour to let prospective students know as soon as possible. 
Industry experts and banking and finance professors have been consulted during the detailed design of the syllabus, and will deliver four of the modules, with internationally-renowned UCL faculty delivering the remaining modules.

Core modules


Students will undertake a finance research project, and will be supported by compulsory research and investigation workshops, drawing where appropriate on sessions offered in Term Two, plus a range of other workshops with a focus on topical issues in finance.

Find out more and apply to Banking and Digital Finance MSc