UCL Institute of Finance & Technology


Student stories

We spoke to several of our students about their experiences on our programmes

Keisi Mancellari
Banking and Digital Finance MSc 2021-22

Keisi Mancellari, an IFT graduate
"My programme was well advertised as the ‘course of the future’. Fintechs are the future and this course can get you in.

I would definitely say that the programme pushed me to reach a potential I didn’t know I had, especially in terms of technical skills. I came in not very confident in my programming skills, but I came out securing a job as a data analytics engineer. I feel extremely grateful especially for Luca Cocconcelli’s module. We got exposed to developers’ work, engineers’ work and advancements in tech that made that world a newly discovered ambition for me.  

I'm excited to apply the skills I have gained at IFT to my graduate role, as a data analytics engineer at Checkout.com." 

Aiaz Mamedov 
Banking and Digital Finance MSc, 2021-22

Aiaz Mamedov, an IFT graduate, outside the UCL portico building
"Having completed a Bachelor's in 2020, I spent the next 12 months gaining practical experience in the financial industry. During the period, I started realising how important the implementation of contemporary technology is to modern finance. The opportunity to gain essential knowledge about digital finance and application of artificial intelligence (AI) inspired me to apply for the MSc Banking and Digital Finance course. 


We were fortunate enough to learn about the advancements of modern finance and banking from leading academics and industry practitioners. This unique combination provided us with thorough knowledge of the industry and, more importantly, an understanding of the dynamic development of the financial sector."

Zihao Liu 
Current PhD student (2019-)

Zihao Liu, an IFT PhD student
"I find the PhD programme to be a very good combination of Finance and Computer programming and Machine learning (ML). If you seek a job in the investment bank to be a quant, then both financial and programming knowledges are needed. IFT completely supports my research direction and the ideas I have, no matter how early-stage or advanced. My supervisors (Professors Medda and Okhrati) make me feel we are really a team - it's a very friendly atmosphere, with hardworking and self-disciplined students who achieve great things."

Andrea Bassani
Banking and Digital Finance MSc, 2021-22

Andrea Bassani, a UCL IFT graduate
"I came across IFT when researching for a programme that would combine a specialisation in finance, while developing my quantitative and programming skills to better position me for the job market. Throughout the programme, practical exercises and coursework have helped me to put into practice my financial and coding skills to address current challenges through the adoption of ML and AI models. The lectures were able to create an interactive environment to discuss case studies and material that also helped me to further develop my problem-solving and communication skills.


Overall, my MSc was a fun but challenging year! I'd recommend IFT because it is a great academic environment to increase your network, where you'll find a diverse group of people to test your knowledge and vision of financial and technology topics."