Fintech and Blockchain Technology module (BU51038)

Discover the impact of technological trends on the world of finance.

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Fintech combines technology and financial services to create innovative solutions that improve financial processes. It includes mobile banking, online payments, digital currencies, among other innovations.

Blockchain technology is a digital database that securely records and verifies transactions. It improves security, efficiency, and transparency in various industries, including finance. Together, fintech and blockchain technology are driving advancements in the financial sector and reshaping traditional financial systems.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • explore financial technology, blockchains and a wide range of disruptive innovations in the financial system.
  • learn about digital currencies, as a wider class of cryptocurrencies, the associated regulatory issues, and explore the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • focus mostly on the theoretical aspects, with applied examples used to illustrate the subject matter and the ethical issues involved

You will also consider various issues including:

  • cryptocurrencies
  • blockchain as a business solution
  • lending
  • crowdfunding
  • modern portfolio theory with cryptocurrencies
  • applications of artificial intelligence

By the end of this module you will have an understanding of:

  • concepts, theory, and topics within the fields of finance and financial technology and their practical implications
  • key regulatory and technological trends, and their current and future implications on finance and industry
  • the rationale for and importance of blockchain technology
  • how blockchain technology is implemented and potential usage of the technology in the industry
  • cryptocurrencies and their technical and financial characteristics
  • the risks, returns, and ethical issues surrounding cryptocurrency markets

Assignments / assessment

The module will be assessed using two assessments.

  • Coursework (50%)
  • Written exam (50%)

Teaching methods / timetable

You will learn through both lectures and tutorial sessions.

Learning resources are provided through videos, lecture slides, books, tutorial questions, and other library resources.


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