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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Fintech Technologies and Applications
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Presentation

Edition
1st Edition
Credits
15 ECTS (126 teaching hours)
Delivery
Online
The sessions will be live and online.
Language of instruction
Spanish
Fee
€4,300
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 19/03/2024
Classes end: 15/10/2024
Programme ends : 28/11/2024
Timetable
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Online
Why this postgraduate course?
The term fintech refers to the application of technology in the financial industry to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide new financial services to consumers. The fintech sector is a growing industry due to its ability to democratise access to finance and enhance its transparency, leading to innovative solutions for people all over the world.

According to the Fintech Global Vision 2023 report by the Finnovating consultancy, the fintech sector in Spain is made up of 977 companies that account for more than 12,000 direct high quality technological jobs involving high levels of digital skills, and this figure is expected to increase considerably in the near future. 70 new fintech companies were established in 2022 alone, and Spain is the third ranked country in Europe in terms of the number of techno-financial companies.

The fintech sector includes a wide range of products and services, including mobile banking, e-payments, asset management, lending, crypto-assets, online insurance and many others. This sector is a focus of constant innovation, and uses advanced technologies including blockchain, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, data analytics and automation, among others. The change of model in financial technologies has created many business opportunities, and a high level of demand for professionals specialised in the field.

The UPC School and the Barcelona Finance School are jointly organising this postgraduate course in Fintech Technologies and Applications with a strong practical focus, which is aimed at professionals wishing to understand, manage and develop applications with financial technologies. The postgraduate course is taught by leading professionals, and includes comprehensive training on finance (models, markets, instruments, applications, use cases, etc.), data analysis applied to Fintech, secure applications, blockchain and the development of decentralised applications (DApps) and decentralised finance (DEFI). This makes it a highly comprehensive programme which combines theoretical knowledge of the financial sector with a strong practical vocation focusing on the use and development of technologies.

Aims
  • Understand the workings of the main varieties of fintech technologies in markets, models and financial systems.
  • Implement solutions adapted to technological changes in the fintech industry.
  • Understand the structures and protocols needed to create secure applications in the world of finance.
  • Reach an appropriate level for the development and deployment of decentralised financial applications (DApps) and learn how Blockchain works.
  • Have a vision of business and the trends, use cases and innovation that may exist around fintech.
Who is it for?
  • Experienced developers looking to change fields, or specialise in the Fintech industry at a technical level.
  • Workers in the field of ICT wishing to manage and undertake projects with Fintech technologies.
  • Professionals in the financial sector wishing to update their knowledge and adapt to technological changes in the industry.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 18h
The Financial System and Instrumental Techniques in Finance
  • Financial mathematics and quantitative methods
  • The value of money.
  • Financial operations.
  • Statistics and indicators.
  • Economy and financial system
    • Economic environment, macroeconomics and forecasts.
    • Financial microeconomics.
    • Monetary and fiscal policy.
    • Financial system.
  • Analysis of financial statements
    • Financial diagnosis.
    • Business financial management and strategy.
    • Cash management.
    • Corporate operations.
  • Legal and fiscal compliance
2 ECTS 21h
Financial Markets and Financial Business
  • Financial markets and instruments
    • Debt and credit markets.
    • Variable income.
    • Derivatives and structured products.
    • Foreign exchange and other financial markets.
    • Alternative financing.
  • Risk and management
    • Credit risk.
    • Financial risk.
    • Advanced portfolio management.
  • Financial business
    • Management, strategy and products in traditional and digital banking and fintech.
    • Insurance and insurtech.
    • The asset management industry.
    • Financial advice and client knowledge.
3 ECTS 24h
Fintech Applications
  • Backends and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
    • The need for APIs.
    • Representational State Transfer (REST).
    • Remote Procedure Calls (RPC).
    • Microservices and Docker.
    • Open Banking APIs.
  • Security
    • Basic security principles
    • API Protection: CORS, XSS and Oauth2.
  • Front-end development
    • Basic principles.
    • API consumption.
    • Web2 and Web3.
2 ECTS 21h
Data Analysis in Fintech
  • Introduction to fintech.
  • Introduction to artificial intelligence in fintech.
  • Fundamentals of machine learning.
  • Basic concepts of machine learning.
  • Natural language processing.
  • Neural networks and deep learning.
  • Financial data mining.
  • Applications of artificial intelligence in fintech.
3 ECTS 33h
Blockchain Technologies and Decentralised Finance
  • Blockchain
    • The blockchain.
    • Introduction and reasons for decentralisation.
    • State replication vs. state machine replication.
    • Centralised and distributed ledgers.
    • Consensus algorithms.
    • Blockchain business systems.
    • Digital wallets.
  • Smart contracts
    • Introduction to smart contract programming.
    • Decentralised applications (DApps).
    • Use case studies: remote payments, tokenization, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
  • Introduction to decentralised finance (DEFI).
  • Tokenomics (Fungible and NFTs)
  • Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs).
  • Centralised Exchanges (CEX) and decentralised exchanges (DEX).
  • Automated Market Makers (AMM).
  • Loan platforms.
  • Stable coins.
3 ECTS 9h
Final Project
  • Use cases and fintech products.
  • Production of a fintech project.
Degree
Postgraduate qualification issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.



Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Muñoz Tapia, Jose Luis
    Muñoz Tapia, Jose Luis
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    PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and professor in the Department of Telematics Engineering at the UPC. His research work is focused on the field of network security, cryptography and the development of secure applications. In this area, he is co-author of dozens of articles in journals and conferences.
Teaching staff
  • Fernández Duran, Pablo
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    Holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Holds an Advanced Studies Diploma from the UPC. Teacher at the Faculty of Informatics of Barcelona (FIB). The author of Minidosis.org.
  • Muñoz Tapia, Jose Luis
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    PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and professor in the Department of Telematics Engineering at the UPC. His research work is focused on the field of network security, cryptography and the development of secure applications. In this area, he is co-author of dozens of articles in journals and conferences.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Barcelona Finance School
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.

Career opportunities

  • Designer and developer of secure fintech applications.
  • Specialist in fintech solutions with blockchain technology (smart contracts).
  • Specialist in financial markets with the relevant models and instruments.
  • Fintech data analyst.
  • Specialist in decentralised finance (DEFI) and development through decentralised applications (DApps).

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