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Oxford Fintech Programme

Online Fintech Programme brought to you by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Online Fintech Programme brought to you by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Orientation starts:
1 June 2022

6 weeks

Registration closes:
7 June 2022

7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning


Certificate issued by:
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Why study fintech?

In the past six years, the financial services industry has seen radical disruption, fuelled by over $500 billion in funding by venture capital (VC) into financial technology (fintech), as well as emerging government policies in over 100 countries.

The Oxford Fintech Programme is designed and built to ensure participants gain the knowledge and insight required to understand the latest developments in fintech and their impact on the more than $20 trillion global financial services industry.

Who is this for?

You will benefit from the programme if you:

  • Are an entrepreneur, business leader, or executive wanting to gain strategic insight and actionable knowledge to create new ventures or develop business strategies for fintech

  • Are intellectually curious and motivated and in the midst of, or aspiring towards, a career transition or looking for future-fit skills in financial tech
  • Want to learn alongside, and build a network with, fellow participants, ranging from mid-senior to C-level executives

Programme content

Over six modules, the curriculum enables you to understand and master the technologies that are driving fintech, from the basics of fintech to advanced and adjacent topics.

MODULE 1 - The Context

Introduction to disruptive change and opportunities in fintech and financial innovation.

MODULE 2 - Policy and Regulation

Views from policy makers and regulators: understand how new regulation is being created or adapted to support the growth of fintech innovation ecosystems.

MODULE 3 - Incumbents

Views from incumbents: appreciate the complex challenges traditional financial institutions face as they digitally transform into nimble, digitally-enabled operations.

MODULE 4 - Entrepreneurs Part I

Views from entrepreneurs: garner insights into startup successes and their challenges in a highly competitive, fast-moving industry.

MODULE 5 - Entrepreneurs Part II

Continuing our exploration of fintech from an entrepreneur’s view, we investigate peer-to-peer (P2P) lending; digital identity; AI in finance and more.

MODULE 6 - Investors, Academia and The Future

Views from investors and academia: acquire perspective from VCs around investment trends; VC filters and techniques.

What will you gain?

Upon successful completion of the programme, you’ll:

  • Gain knowledge of recent and on-going changes in multiple domains within financial services
  • Learn frameworks to help you build a strategy for a new fintech venture
  • Acquire the necessary skills required to tackle new regulations and the digital disruption in financial services
  • Access a network of world-class academics, industry experts, and peers to collaborate and develop ideas
  • Gain access to a global network of e-lumni, and benefits unique to members of the Oxford Saïd online programmes community
  • Be awarded a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
"In the last few years, the financial sector has seen extraordinary disruption and innovation, and its continued digitisation has accelerated in the recent pandemic. Fintech’s future as a sector is bright, driven by the rapid, sustained rise of mobile and digital financial services."

Nir Vulkan, Programme Director, Oxford Fintech Programme

Who you will learn from

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with fintech experts and successful entrepreneurs, to facilitate rapid application of theory to practice.

Your programme directors

Nir Vulkan

Associate Professor of Business Economics,Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Nir Vulkan is the leading authority on fintech (especially equity crowdfunding and regulation), algorithmic trading, AI in finance, and market design. At Saïd Business School, he has developed and taught core electives for the Oxford MBA and Executive MBA. Since its launch, Nir has been integral to the Oxford online programmes portfolio, leading programmes on finance and disruptive technology. He is also a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and an academic member of the Oxford Man Institute of Quantitative Finance.

Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Pinar Ozcan specialises in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets. Her current research includes the open banking project, where she examines the industry disruption in banking through regulation and entry of fintechs, and the development of the sharing economy. In 2018, Pinar received the Strategic Management Society Research in Organisations Award for her work on the disruption in the banking sector in partnership with Swift Institute. She was recently selected for the global Thinkers 50 list for emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice. Finally, in 2019, she was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for her work on the disruption of banking in Europe and the UK.

Your programme instructors

Guest experts

What our learners say

It helps deliver quality executive education to professionals, irrespective of their geographical location. ”

- Piotr Pietrzak, Product Director, Opera Software

I connected with a lot of the course presenters, broadening my professional network. ”

- Daria Dergunova, Electronic Trading Systems, Bloomberg LP

The programme gave me an opportunity to apply my learnings in my business proposal with my coursework group. ”

- Alice Fisher, Success Manager, Salesforce

I am impressed with the quality of the external speakers. Everything exceeded expectations. ”

- Klaas van Gejin, Senior Legal Counsel, Rabobank

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Want to know more?

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The most effective learning experiences occur in small groups who are engaged in problem solving, creative tasks, or complex decision making. In an online work environment, when people lack conversational cues, it’s hard for teams to build rapport and be successful.

Esme Learning’s platform changes the way team members interact in real-time, while video calls are happening. It uses AI to analyze online conversation dynamics and provide real-time personalized feedback to each participant to ensure that the exchange of ideas is not dominated by a single person, and that the conversation is as inclusive as possible. Simple on-screen cues guide participants to more effective team interactions.

You may pay your course fees in one upfront payment via credit or bank card, or you may opt to split payment in two or three installments. A 5% administrative fee will be added to any split payments. For more information, schedule a call with a learning advisor.

Recognizing that working executives require fast and efficient methods of upgrading their skills, Esme Learning has blended art and science to produce an online learning platform that drives results.

We leverage cognitive and neuroscience research, personalised and individualised success coaching, and next-generation artificial intelligence technologies to enhance the learning experience--resulting in a course completion rate that is 30x higher than our competitors.

Helping employees upgrade their skills benefits employers and employees alike. Many organizations offer tuition reimbursement programs as it is easier to retain top talent, and investing in up-skilling can be more cost-effective than hiring new staff. For employees, taking advantage of your employer-sponsored tuition programs is the perfect way to build skills while also building value for your company. For a sample letter to send to your employer requesting tuition reimbursement, please reach out to one of our course advisors.

As part of our commitment to your professional development, Esme Learning offers you up to a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Team before the end of Module 1. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.

The Esme Way

Collaborative AI-enhanced learning

We teach executives as they work - in cross functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced course, this programme is not for you.