UCL Institute of Finance and Technology


Venture Capital and Private Equity with Financial Technology MSc

Our dynamic Venture Capital and Private Equity with Financial Technology MSc will equip you with an in-depth understanding of venture capital, private equity and start-up business modelling, with a focus on FinTech. You will gain valuable skills in both developing and evaluating financial business models, placing you in a strong position to pursue a career in the competitive markets of venture capital and private equity, or to develop your own entrepreneurial venture.

Visit the Venture Capital and Private Equity with Financial Technology MSc prospectus page to find out more about programme fees and entry requirements, including our English language requirements. 

Venture capital (VC), corporate venture capital and private equity (PE) will be the building blocks in this MSc programme. You will examine and determine different strategies and approaches in VC and PE within portfolio management, for example, in relation to size and quality.

The programme will cover the most innovative aspects of start-up activities and Fintech in order to analyse how timing, governance, value creation, competitive dynamics, alternative business models, and performance management can determine the scale up, growth, and success of companies.

London is the global centre of venture capital. As such, the programme will leverage the opportunity for you to receive first-hand access to industry experts – we employ industrial professors who will deliver teaching alongside academic staff and offer a bi-weekly Seminar Series, where a range of industry experts are invited to share their experience and insights to complement your programme. The programme will also make use of case studies to support the application of theory to real-life industry examples. Through this approach you will be able to identify opportunities and challenges in rapidly changing global markets.

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.

This MSc will focus on three key pillars: venture capital; private markets; and FinTech start-ups. These three financial pillars will be studied in combination, with comparisons and links drawn between them throughout the programme. The combination and contributions of these will allow you to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this financial field.

Programme dates
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity with Financial Technology MSc is a full-time, one year programme, which lasts for a full academic year (September to September). 
  • 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, this MSc applies theoretical concepts to practical examples and case studies.

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. 
Please note, all students on the programme will be classed as full-time students.
Industry experts and 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 Venture Capital and Private Equity with Financial Technology MSc