Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking

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DURATION

FULL TIME - 12 months
PART TIME - 24 months

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LANGUAGES

English

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LOCATION

Online

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ANNUAL INTAKES

OCT | JAN | APR

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FORMAT

Flexible 24/7 Studies

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TUITION FEE

€8,750
Prices valid from October 2022 Intake onwards

Earning an Online Master of Science (MSc) in Management with FinTech & Digital Banking (hereinafter – Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking) will prepare students for the very exciting world of digital financing, and the transformation, reshaping how society handles its money matters. Online banking and digital finance (FinTech) has become a hot industry with new online payment portals leaving traditional institutions in the dust. With the advancements of cryptocurrencies, the global economy is finding both individuals and businesses embracing new technologies to make banking easier and more profitable.

P2P borrowing and lending, virtual money payments and crowdfunding are recent terms we have embraced as tech and innovation have become more user-driven. Just as businesses have been adapting to the changing times where online marketing and ecommerce drive the main sales, traditional banking has had to evolve to keep course and offer more accessibility to the consumer.

This fast-moving industry, often considered a global phenomenon, shows no signs of slowing down. FinTech investments amounted to $55.3 billion in 2019 with FinTech companies ranked among the top five listing $1 billion valuation or higher. With an industry that is constantly evolving there is a call for professionals who can keep up the pace and drive further growth and innovation. Now is the time to invest in your Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking.

GBSB Global’s Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking is a pioneering program teaching global financial management focused on disruptive financial technologies. Stand out among your peers by earning a degree from a highly reputable school with professors who are successful professionals in the field, bringing insights and first-hand knowledge to the classroom.

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QUALIFICATION

Higher Education Program: Master of Science (MSc) in Management (FinTech & Digital Banking)
Accreditation Status: An officially recognized qualification awarded by GBSB Global Business School, licensed as Higher Education Institution by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (License number: 2020-012).
MQF/EQF Level: MFHEA deems this qualification to be at Level 7 of the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.
Number of ECTS Credits: 90 ECTS

RANKINGS, ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Online Master accredited by Microsoft

One of the first business schools in Europe recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School

Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking Awarded as a Five Stars Business School by QS Ranking System

Awarded as a Five Stars Business School for Internationalization and Diversity

Online msc fintech accredited by National Commission for Higher Education in Malta

Accredited by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority

Master with FinTech & Digital Banking Online Ranked as TOP150 Worldwide by QS World University Rankings 2021

Ranked as TOP150 Worldwide by QS World University Rankings 2021

TESTIMONIAL
Ivan Mannino, Italy

The Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking allowed me to pursue my education and professional career all at once. It gave me a tremendous advantage, getting ahead of my peers in the field. The material we covered in the classroom was applicable to my work and allowed me to put the learned theory into practice.
During my FinTech course, we learned about the fundamentals of new technologies, including AI, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. I was immediately able to apply this knowledge to the conversations I was having with my investors, stakeholders, and peers in Brussels.

Studying online does take ambition and determination, but it is worth it in the end. As Stephen King once wrote, “What separates a talented individual from a successful one, is a lot of hard work.” I couldn’t agree more.
GBSB Global helped me develop and build a critical mindset and embrace innovative thinking to find different solutions. My courses broadened my perspective and gave me a solid foundation to continue to grow and develop.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Master in FinTech official state recognized business degree

European business school officially recognized for excellence in FinTech & Digital Banking (EQF Level 7)

Master in FinTech in Malta international faculty with business experience

International faculty with real-world business experience

Master in FinTech Malta invited speakers and workshops from experts

Invited speakers and professional workshops presented by authorities in the field and innovation specialists

Master in FinTech in Malta International student body

More than 100 nationalities represented on campus

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

GBSB Global’s Master with FinTech & Digital Banking in Malta is a state-of-the-art degree program offering a large variety of topics on financial economics. Tailored for ambitious individuals interested in learning about modern finance, eager to solve real-life financial problems, this novel program comprises core and topic-specific courses from business operations and project management, to corporate finance, global investments, and financial innovations with a digital focus.

Build a systematic understanding of the driving forces behind companies, markets, and economies, and delve into the world of digital banking, exploring traditional and innovative business models, crypto-economy principles, international insurance, big data, and much more, with our Master with FinTech & Digital Banking in Malta.

Pave the Way as a Skilled Global Leader & Manager

Operations Management (6 ECTS)
Finance for Management (8 ECTS)
Economics and Geopolitics (6 ECTS)

Dissolve Traditional Forms of Finance with Innovation and Tech

Digital Transformation, Innovation and Technology (6 ECTS)
FinTech in Traditional and Innovative Business Models (6 ECTS)

  • Digital Economy and Its New Driving Forces
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • Drucker’s 7 Sources of Innovation, Open Innovation
  • Strategic Approaches to Managing Innovation
  • Disruption Theory
  • Digital Transformation Journey
  • FinTech Market and Environment
  • Banking 2.0 Technologies
  • Technologies for Investment and Insurance
  • Open API for Banks and Insurance Companies
  • The Paradigm Shift in the Finance Industry
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • PayTech

Get an Insight into FinTech Regulation and Evolving Policies in the Global Arena

Blockchain and Crypto-Economy Regulation & Governance (6 ECTS)

Develop Business Strategies with Blockchain, Analytics & Big Data

Strategic Management and Analytics (8 ECTS)
Algorithmic Finance and Big Data (6 ECTS)

Realize the Impact of FinTech on International Banking & Discover Cryptocurrency Markets

International Banking, Insurance, and Financial Services (6 ECTS)
Tokenomics and Cryptocurrency Markets (6 ECTS)

  • Financial Services Industry Environment
  • Changing Characteristics of the Banking Industry
  • Main Activities of the Banks
  • Performance of Major Financial Organizations
  • The Insurance Industry
  • Types of Insurance Regulation
  • Token-base Unit. Crypto Token and Other Types
  • Tokenised Relationship of Economic Agents
  • The Project Economy Tokenisation
  • Tokens and Their Taxonomy
  • Primary Token Market
  • Secondary Coin Market
  • Blockchain Business Intelligence
  • Issues in Cryptocurrency Taxation and Accounting

Successfully Launch FinTech Initiatives by Leading Teams & Projects

Effective Teamwork and Project Management (6 ECTS)

Exhibit Your Comprehensive Business Acumen with a Final Project in FinTech

Final Project (20 ECTS)

A Final Project (Capstone) is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for Master students. Students take what they have learned throughout the course of their Master’s program and apply it to examine a specific idea/problem within their area of specialization. A Final Project involves the identification of an existing problem in a real-world setting and the application of learned skills and methods to develop a solution that addresses the problem directly. There are several options among which students can choose for developing their Final Project: either it may be geared toward research or may be more oriented toward problem-solving. Solutions offered by students are usually interactive and realistic, meaning they can be implemented and used either in professional life or in further research and study.

Please download the Course Outline below for full program details including module learning outcomes, learning hours, teaching, learning and assessment methods, grading system and pass rates.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE:

  1. Has comprehensive specialised knowledge and understanding of how cultural, economic, political, and technological frameworks affect management practices and how they can be managed effectively;
  2. Identifies and evaluates theoretical approaches necessary for planning and decision-making in business. These include ideas that support the modelling and management of the decisions across the broad range of functional areas;
  3. Has relevant knowledge of organisations, and their role in pursuing sustainable business in the context in which they operate and how they are managed in compliance with codes of ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility;
  4. Has a critical understanding of business continuity management including knowledge of possible risks and regulatory environment that can impact business operations;
  5. Has comprehensive knowledge about methods to manage innovation processes and digital technologies that are in demand, and implications of digital technologies for individuals and societies;
  6. Identifies and evaluates key issues related to administering the human elements when managing projects such as teamwork, communication, motivation, and diversity;
  7. Has a comprehensive and critical understanding of the principal current research issues in management as well as in a specific industry or functional area of a personal professional interest;
  8. Possesses multi-disciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge of management in a specific industry or functional area of a personal professional interest.

SKILLS:

  1. Performs critical evaluation and analysis of business environment and of the main concepts, structures and approaches of strategic business management with incomplete or limited information;
  2. Demonstrates capability in using specialised skills to make decisions and create global strategies in different business operations, digital transformation, and finance in order to adopt to fast-changing business environment;
  3. Demonstrates leadership skills necessary to empower, inspire and manage teams, innovation and creative problem-solving while managing a business;
  4. Develops new skills in response to emerging knowledge and techniques in the domain of business management including digital skills and use of modern technologies;
  5. Develops an ability to identify and assess risks relating to the business, digital and financial environment and to design strategies to mitigate specific managerial risks;
  6. Monitors and maintains compliance with appropriate business regulations and formulates practical responses to the legal and external environment challenges associated with operating a business;
  7. Demonstrate capability in using data referring to business analytics to better forecast and execute business strategies and operations;
  8. Demonstrates capability in using knowledge and skills of management to conduct research within a specific industry or functional area of a personal professional interest, taking into account the need for synthesis, setting objectives, methodological process and application of strategies;
  9. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of management that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to execution of the managerial function.

COMPETENCIES:

  1. Demonstrates the ability to respond to the main political, economic, social, and technological variables and to formulate the priorities and strategies necessary for an organisation to succeed considering the global outlook and trends;
  2. Manages business projects by establishing a global vision that incorporates every facet of business development and constructs innovation and cultural diversity as an advantage in business contexts that are complex and unpredictable and require new strategic approaches;
  3. Is accountable for managing people and practicing management with commitment to democratic values and sustainability adopting the practices based on learning, service and social inclusion;
  4. Demonstrates autonomy in the direction of personal development and lifelong learning applicable to the business environment;
  5. Creates a research-based diagnosis to problems in management by integrating knowledge from new or interdisciplinary fields in management and makes judgements with incomplete or limited information;
  6. Engages in critical analysis in the area of management and demonstrates independent thought, evaluation and problem-solving underpinned by evidence-based arguments;
  7. Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge in management or a specific industry/functional area of a personal professional interest by identifying an existing business problem and by conducting original research.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT:
Study for your Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking and cultivate advanced communication, leadership, negotiation, and presentation skills. Become a successful leader and mentor fostering inclusivity and cultural empathy working across border and with international teams.

CLIENT RELATIONS AND NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS:
Delve into the evolving markets of digital finance and understand the complex system of mobile and Internet banking offerings that customers have today. Learn how to foster new relationships and promote the new user-friendly advancements in the financial technology sphere, making it relatable on a ground level to a novice consumer.

THE ECONOMIC AND LEGAL ECOSYSTEM:
International companies across Europe and around the globe are impacted by both a globalized economy and domestic regulations. Learn about the legal and economic environments worldwide and ascertain the knowledge of how these institutions and organizations can impact decisions and overall financial management.

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTING:
Focus in on the numbers as you study financial administration and accounting - the process of recording, categorizing, and reporting the transactions of a business. Learn to analyze economic data and offer answers to business’ financial questions.

UNDERPINNINGS OF THE TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGITAL FINANCE:
This program details how technology is revolutionizing the financial sector, looking at the complexity of international compliance and the intricacies of blockchain. Examine what could potentially be up next in FinTech, peer-to-peer lending, and investment banking.

BIG DATA AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS:
The world is data driven from business and marketing to everyday affairs. Vast amounts of electronic data are stored and used to drive economies around the globe. Gain familiarity with the quantitative and numerical approaches in data acquisition and analysis to effectively evaluate big data.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Financial Technology (Fintech) seeks to improve and automate the delivery and use of financial services. Fintech startups are among the fastest growing organizations with global Fintech becoming more widespread by the day through technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence upending traditional financial services.

GBSB Global’s Management Master with FinTech & Digital Banking in Malta will prepare students with the digital competencies, business and economic acumen, analytic skills, and understanding of regulations to launch a successful career in this transformative industry that is ever evolving.

Here are some careers that will open the door to a profession that will be in long-term demand:

Career Opportunities of program at GBSB Global

CRYPTOCURRENCY ANALYST

A Cryptocurrency Analyst scrutinizes and predicts trends, pricing, demand, and trading capacities of any number of cryptocurrencies existing on the market.

BLOCKCHAIN MANAGER

Blockchain Managers are responsible for monitoring resources and reporting, overseeing security procedures, transaction management systems, and developing features that address issues that arise from operating.

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Application Development Managers supervise a team that monitors, analyzes, designs, and develops a company's computer software applications along with upgrading outdated systems to keep the business operational.

COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST

Compliance Specialists inspect, review, and assess regulatory changes within a company’s operations, delivering advice and detailed procedures to guarantee full compliance.

CYBERSECURITY ANALYST

These professionals safeguard a company’s hardware, software, and networks from cybercriminals by investigating its IT infrastructure, monitoring it, and assessing threats that could possibly breach the network.

DATA SPECIALIST

A Data Specialist's job is to adapt a company’s raw data and translate it into accessible formats for investors and clients.

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Customer Service Representatives assist customers with questions and grievances, inform customers about products and services, take orders, with a goal of securing a sale, and process returns.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION & INNOVATION MANAGER

These individuals design, develop, and implement digital and innovative strategies through planning, executing, and reporting to financial service clients.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING SPECIALIST

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialists work in cognitive simulation, in which computers are used to “think smart” testing hypotheses about how the human mind works.

ADMISSION AND FEES

MASTER PROFILE

The proposed graduate programme is aimed at applicants who are either:

  • Recent graduates in business, social sciences, and other disciplines from all over the world with strong interest in management and who are looking for a study abroad and/or international experience in a highly diverse environment;
  • Young professionals from all over the world with 2-5 years of experience who work in multinational companies or companies in the phase of international expansion or who wish to change their career focus and are interested to obtain academic knowledge in the area of management with an optional specialisation in a specific area or industry in order to advance their career growth;
  • Mature students and students with non-standard qualifications who do not possess the standard entry qualifications but have relevant skills and experience.

General Characteristics:

  • Recent graduates or young professionals with a Bachelor’s degree at MQF/EQF Level 6 in a relevant field;
  • International students interested in experiencing new cultures;
  • Proficiency in the English language.
To be qualified for admission to Online Master with FinTech & Digital Banking, you must:
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The entry profile should include one of the following:

  • European three-year initial degree or a recognised equivalent at EQF/MQF Level 6 (180 ECTS minimum);
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  • A foreign undergraduate degree from outside the EHEA equivalent to EQF/MQF Level 6 and 180 ECTS minimum;

Alternative Entry Routes

Alternative entry routes are available for applicants who do not possess the standard entry qualifications but have certain appropriate skills and experience and subject knowledge. These are detailed in the IQA Manual of GBSB Global within the “Policies for Admission of Transfer Students and Recognition of Prior Learning”.

The Admissions Committee may consider applications from suitably qualified students currently attending other universities, applicants who have achieved a lower level award, or applicants seeking admission based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

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Proof of Proficiency in the English Language:

  • English as a native language;
  • TOEFL - Minimum score: 213 (computer based), 79/93 (internet based), or 550 (paper based);
  • IELTS - Minimum score: 6.5;
  • Cambridge ESOL, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Minimum score: C1;
  • English as the language of instruction during previous studies in the formal educational system;
  • Internal English level testing at GBSB Global.
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Complete all required forms for admission and submit all required documents

Registration Fee (Paid Annually for Every Academic Year of the Program)

200 EUR

Administrative Fee (Paid Annually for Every Academic Year of the Program)

950 EUR

Tuition Fee for One Academic Year (90 ECTS Credits)

8,750 EUR

Prices valid from October 2022 Intake onwards

Tuition Fee per Quarter (20 ECTS credits)

3,300 EUR

Tuition Fee per Academic Credit (1 ECTS credit)

110 EUR

(Visiting students)

Payment Conditions:

Minimum Advanced Tuition Payment
(Due at the time of program acceptance)

3,300 EUR

Due at the time of program acceptance

The remaining Tuition Fees are due the first Friday (Week 1) of the program

Master's Program Duration: 3 Quarters = 1 Academic Year

A discount may be applied if the student choses to pay
the full amount at the time of program acceptance.


If payments are not paid by the deadlines, a penalty fee of 5% of the remaining tuition amount will be charged.
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Program fees do not include accommodation, flights, insurance or program materials.
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Students who wish to participate in Global Study Trips may do so by paying additional fees.

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