UCL Institute of Finance & Technology



Committed to teaching and researching innovative and disruptive approaches to finance

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The Institute of Finance & Technology (IFT) was established in 2019 as an interdisciplinary academic innovation centre. We are committed to teaching and researching innovative and disruptive approaches to finance.

IFT occupies a unique position at the nexus between academia and industry. Our teaching is delivered by both academic and industry experts. We believe this provides students with the “best of both worlds”, providing a rigorous foundation of key theories and concepts, and consolidating this with an understanding of real-world applications. Our postgraduate programmes incorporate learning activities, research, and industrial experiences that will help develop commercial competencies. As such, we prepare future finance leaders to tackle the challenges and take advantages of the opportunities that lie ahead.

Our team boast global impact. More than ever, financial institutions, governments, and the private sector also look to innovative financial mechanisms that leverage social and environmental impacts as well as financial returns, to foster sustainability and resilience in complex systems. IFT is fast becoming a hub of excellence of knowledge on digital finance and alternative investment in line with UK Government policy and investment decisions, which support London and the UK as a global leader for FinTech. Our academic and industrial staff provide critical advice to institutions across the public and private sector spectrum, at home and abroad. These include HM Treasury, Consob, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, BlackRock, and the Bank of England.

The challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, particularly the Internet of Things, call for unique approaches and cross-discipline analyses. The Institute provides, under one roof, an unrivalled arena to combine applied research, innovative finance, and entrepreneurial creativity to design and test these approaches. 

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