Jun 07, 2018

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Why Study Fintech, Online, With The University of Oxford?

In the latter half of 2017, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford launched the Oxford Fintech Programme: an open-enrolment, online, eight-week programme designed to help working professionals and business leaders upskill in fintech, from anywhere in the world. With the rapid evolution of the fintech landscape and financial technology, increased global offerings of online education, and the volume of alternative learning methods, it’s natural to wonder why Oxford Saïd chose to present this programme, and why you should choose to take it.

A world-class business school

Saïd Business School, the innovative school embedded in 800-year-old Oxford University, educates the leaders of today and tomorrow, helping them navigate and adapt to the ever-changing business and sociopolitical environments.

Oxford Saïd combines tremendous, forward-thinking individuals with powerful new ideas to create a world-class community, producing industry-leading educational programmes and impactful change.

Fintech is an exciting, fast-moving and important phenomena. By collaborating with partners from around the world, practitioners in all the major financial sectors, and GetSmarter, we are able to offer something that is up to date and useful to not just our programme participants, but the world.

Peter Tufano
Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Driving positive business change

The global business landscape has entered into an exciting transitional phase within the last decade, and will continue to shift and evolve long into the foreseeable future as contemporary business trends rise and fall.

Saïd Business School prides itself on acting as a proponent of constructive, considered, commercial change – enabling driven individuals and organisations to effect positive influence on economies and markets all over the world.

The need for widely-available executive education programmes is growing, as businesses wake up to the prodigious speed at which the environment, and financial technology, is evolving. To solve the challenges inherent in offering education to participants residing in different regions of the world, covering an expanded portfolio of subjects, Oxford Saïd has made the shift to develop and provide open-enrolment online programmes to a global audience, to complement the on-campus programmes.


At Saïd Business School Executive Education, we are acutely aware that the world is on the cusp of great change in the way that companies must be run. This holds true across a range of industries. Banks have seen a major reduction of trust from the public and regulators following a wave of scandals over misselling, market manipulation and, in some cases, leadership and management incompetence.

Andrew White
Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Taking finance into the future

As part of Saïd Business School’s ongoing directive to facilitate powerful business progress, the Oxford Fintech Programme empowers business leaders with the ability to seize the myriad of opportunities emerging in the financial technology space.

Developed in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter, the digital programme takes place entirely online, and focuses on arming participants with the ability to create disruption in fintech companies.

Over eight-weeks, participants are equipped with the tools, networks and expertise to both launch new fintech ventures, and to leverage new financial technology to build better financial services firms. Participants will be able to harness their newfound knowledge to create lasting change through meaningful innovation and a fintech career.

Striving to create a better world

By empowering global business leaders to not only adapt to, but to drive and thrive from innovation and the changing business landscape, Oxford Saïd is using the power of online executive education to help shape a better, brighter future.

Fulfilling their mission to enable tremendous people to create meaningful change through revolutionary ideas, the collaboration of Saïd Business School and GetSmarter is opening never-before-seen doors for business minds the world over – paving the way for global economic evolution.

You’ll emerge from this programme with a new understanding of how the fintech sector works, an appreciation for the skills you will need to succeed, an ability to develop these skills individually, and experience working in a team to develop your ideas further.

Peter Tufano
Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

The first step

The Oxford Fintech Programme is the beginning of a new wave of world-leading digital education programmes offered by Oxford Saïd.

High-impact, short-form online learning allows you to enhance and immediately implement new skill sets, designed for the contemporary business environment – enabling you to bolster your expertise in line with the latest technological developments. Interactive and supportive online programmes allow you to do so without falling behind in your work or career.

The Oxford Fintech Programme, therefore, won’t be the only online programme offered by Oxford Saïd. As the international business environment continues to advance, so too will the School’s digital programme offerings.

What is fintech?

The emergence of a new generation of financial technology has had a considerable impact not only on financial companies, but on the way we do business, transact as customers, and think about our financial future. Fintech has created a space for financial inclusion and the rise of emerging markets, which is driving economic growth.

What is driving innovation within financial services?

  • Lower barriers to entry because of new customer access methods, such as the mobile phone replacing the retail bank branch
  • Affordable infrastructures, such as analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and social technologies
  • New currencies and credit systems affecting incoming banking and investment players
  • Changing consumer behaviour and expectations from financial services providers

Your programme experts

The content of this online programme is lead by:

  • Programme Co-Convenors who guide the design and content of the programme and appear in a number of programme videos
  • Programme Instructors who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you through video lectures and interviews. These Instructors contribute to the programme by providing case studies and industry-specific content and information
  • Guest Experts who share their insights, knowledge, and experience through video lectures and interviews

Programme Co-Convenors

Professor Nir Vulkan

Professor Nir Vulkan is an Associate Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and Fellow of Worcester College, both at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on e-commerce and market design, and on applied research and teaching on hedge funds.

David Shrier

David Shrier is a futurist, Author, and Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has driven over $8.5 billion of growth initiatives for various Fortune 1000 companies, and has served as CEO or COO/CFO for six privately-funded companies.

Programme Instructors

Professor Peter Tufano

Peter Tufano is the Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School since 2011 and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders. His research and course development focuses on mutual funds, corporate financial engineering, and consumer finance.

Lisa Rabbe

Lisa Rabbe is a globally recognised expert on financial regulation and regulation technology (regtech). She is the founder and CEO of Stratosphere Advisors Limited, a political risk and public policy consultancy, and of Stratosphere Analytics LLC, a regtech startup. The Stratosphere group companies assess political, policy and regulatory changes, identifying risks and opportunities for fintech, regtech and other clients.

Prof Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

Alex Pentland is a Visiting Professor of Management Science at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and holds a triple appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, Tencent, and a variety of start-up firms, and for several years he co-led the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives.

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, the CEO of The Disruptive Group, and the Co-founder of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship. He has navigated between startups and large organisations, from CEO of startups to Managing Director in international banks. He is a Fintech Fellow at the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College, a member of ESMA’s Consultative Working Group for financial innovation, and a board member of Fintech HK.

Programme FAQs

How much of the course focuses on blockchain?

The programme covers the practical use of blockchain technology for fintech innovation, but it does not cover the subject of blockchain technology in depth.

How will classes be conducted besides videos?

This is not a MOOC so while there is video content, this programme delivers up to date content using a variety of components such as notes and interactive infographics.

Is there peer review?

There will be no peer review, but you’ll be asked to identify group members who have not participated or contributed to the weekly assignments.

How will group work be conducted and assessed?

Group work will be assessed according to assessment criteria and the mark will be awarded to all group members. The group collaboration tool will allow for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. Groups will submit one assignment to which you must all contribute.

There are two ongoing project streams:

  • The business plan
  • The innovation roadmap

What is the structure of the groups and how will we be divided?

At the beginning of Module 1, you’ll be required to answer a short three-question survey before you gain access to the content. An algorithm will place you in groups of three to seven people.

Can I work alone in the ongoing group project?

Only in exceptional circumstances will you be permitted to work alone on the ongoing project. Applications to work alone will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Head Tutor.

A future in fintech

Oxford Saïd also offers the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme and the Oxford Algorithmic Trading Programme.

The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme is a six-week, online, interactive, and supported programme designed to empower business leaders and innovators with a comprehensive understanding of blockchain, and how it will affect their business strategy. Registrations for the next presentation of the programme – presented in collaboration with GetSmarter – are currently open.

The Oxford Algorithmic Trading Programme is a six-week, online programme which aims to equip participants in the trading and investment space with the skills required to develop or implement their own algorithmic trading strategies, as well as those not in the industry wanting to learn the fundamental rules necessary to participate in the algorithmic trading sector.

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