Fintech: Disruption in Finance

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Course information

Registration Closes:
18 June 2019
Course Starts:
24 June 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7-9 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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South Africa’s adoption of fintech services far surpasses the global average. Compared to the 51% global adoption rate, South Africa’s market is increasing by 71%, making the potential for fintech adoption, investment and innovation better than ever.*

A lack of banking systems, the growing middle class in Africa, and emerging markets has led to a demand for new solutions to long-standing financial problems. Fintech aims to address, disrupt, and innovate the current financial landscape.

This 8-week Fintech: Disruption in Finance online short course prepares you to better understand, interpret and respond to the disruptions and opportunities within the financial market.

Taking a holistic approach to financial technology, this fintech online course is designed for financial professionals, business leaders and senior management to better understand the industry and potentials for business strategy, tech integration and new innovation initiatives.

*ITWeb, 2017

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Understand the scope of the fintech ecosystem in the South African, African, and emerging market context, and how the dynamics in these areas will impact your organisation
  • Navigate technological disruption beyond fintech and blockchain, while also exploring big data and AI
  • Prepare for the disruption of our financial future and respond to the organisational impacts of fintech
  • Make better investment and strategic business decisions, or start a fintech business and make a career shift
  • Become an innovative contributor to the financial and digital sector upon completing this fintech course

Course curriculum

Gain an overview of key thematic technologies as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Blockchain and artificial intelligence: The megatrends in fintech 
  • Module 2 Banks, monetary policy, and cryptocurrencies
  • Module 3 How blockchain technology challenges financial intermediation
  • Module 4 The regulation-innovation nexus
  • Module 5 Opportunities created by big data within the financial industry
  • Module 6 The robot revolution: The impact of artificial intelligence on fintech
  • Module 7 Creating a business strategy to disrupt the industry
  • Module 8 A revolutionary way to finance your business idea

Become empowered as a business leader with a holistic understanding of the finance industry and the available technology.

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you prepare for the digital disruption within the South African and African financial services market. 

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by the University of Cape Town faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr Co-Pierre Georg

Dr Co-Pierre Georg

Course Convenor

Dr Co-Pierre Georg is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Financial Innovation Lab at the University of Cape Town. He has worked as a consultant for various central banks around the world and held visiting positions at Oxford, Princeton, Columbia University, and MIT.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Become formally recognised for your knowledge when you earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town and use it to set yourself apart as an informed business leader, harnessing fintech for innovation and strategy.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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