Oxford Fintech


Explore critical areas of the finance ecosystem, blending Oxford research with practical, real-life application.


Course starts:

28 October 2020


6 weeks

Registration closes:

28 October 2020


7-10 hours per week, Self-Paced Online Learning



Certificate issued by:

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford



Course starts:28 October 2020

Length:6 weeks

Registration closes:28 October 2020

Effort:7-10 hours per week, Self-Paced Online Learning


Certificate issued by:Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Why Study Fintech?

In the past 6 years, the finance industry has seen a radical disruption, fuelled by the over $500 billion in funding that venture capital has poured into fintech, as well as the emerging government policies in over 100 countries.

The ongoing pandemic crisis has accelerated this disruption even more, bringing about its own long-term consequences.

Savvy executives are preparing to win in this rapidly shifting environment.

Oxford Fintech, a legend in financial innovation circles, is a 6-week, hands-on, project-based class, where you will learn how to succeed in fintech and in the digital transformation of financial services.


...of banking CEOs are concerned about the speed of technological change, more than any other industry sector.




...out of $13.7 trillion in revenues at the risk of being displaced by fintech.

(Goldman Sachs)



...is the global worth of 67 fintech unicorns (as of 20/04/2020).


Is Oxford Fintech Right for You?

Oxford Fintech is a 6-week, hands-on, project-based course, that translates our immensely successful and oversubscribed MBA class into a 100% online course for working executives. Our MBA class alumni went on to found some of fintech’s most recognisable brands including Onfido, Seedrs, Funding Circle and Zoona. 


Oxford Fintech will benefit you if:

You are an entrepreneur, business leader, or executive who wants the strategic insight and actionable knowledge to create new ventures or develop both short and long-term business strategies for fintech.

You are a manager, executive or director in either a private or public sector financial services organisation.

You are intellectually curious and motivated and are either in the midst of, or aspiring towards, a career transition or looking for future-fit skills in financial tech.

You want to learn alongside and are looking to develop and build a professional network with fellow participants whose titles include:

  • - Chief Executive Officer
  • - Managing Director
    • - CIO
  • - Vice President
  • - Digital Innovation Officer or Manager
  • - Financial Analyst
  • - Director
  • - Project Manager
  • - Programme Manager
  • - Compliance Officer
  • - Digital Product Director
  • - Senior Manager

The Learning Experience

Oxford Fintech will explore emerging fintech trends including:


  • Digital transformation of financial services (including adoption of AI, blockchain, mobile financial services, and rising demonetisation under COVID)
  • Rise of the Platforms (exploring tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Tencent, Ali Baba; Data networks and harvesting value from connectivity of entities; Open Banking / Open Data Exchanges; the role of telco in the new world order; and Realities of Data Privacy: interpreting GDPR)
  • Distributed Systems (Central Bank Digital Currencies - CBDCs, Libra, blockchain entering a new stage of evolution/institutionalisation; and technology for inclusion)
  • Responsible Innovation (ethical AI; innovation ecosystems in fintech, and moral decision-making of financial institutions and fintechs)


Learners will view these trends using the “Four Views” model created for Oxford’s MBA fintech class, consisting of:


  • Views from Policy Makers and Regulators
  • Views from Incumbent Financial Institutions
  • Views from Entrepreneurs
  • Views from Investors and Academics

Learn Smarter, Faster with Our Science-Based, AI-Powered Approach to Remote Learning

 Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford has joined together with Esme Learning, the edtech innovators, to completely reshape the remote learning experience, by grounding it in deep research into how the brain absorbs and retains learning and how virtual teams best perform. The platform then uses AI-based coaching technology to power learners to superior outcomes.

Natively Digital

We apply over two dozen lessons of cognitive & neuroscience in designing modules and learning interventions for the online, digital experience.

Applied Learning

Novel games, simulations, and other carefully-crafted interactions designed to engage and apply learning

AI Coaching

Our proprietary Riff platform behaves like an ‘AI coach’, guiding you and your team to work better together, with online cues in real-time.

Personalised Analytics

Access to a confidential, personalised dashboard that you can use to assess your own work.

Course Content

MODULE 1: The Context

Introduction to disruptive change and opportunities in fintech and financial innovation; where the jobs are and where they aren’t; and how entrepreneurs are creating value. The context of fintech, how the financial industry is changing, and how organisations can build flexible approaches to adapt and realise opportunities in the rapidly-evolving fintech space.

MODULE 2: Policy & Regulation

Views on fintech evolution from the policy makers and regulators: understand how new regulation is being created or adapted to support the growth of fintech innovation ecosystems, stabilise financial markets, and drive financial inclusion.

MODULE 3: Incumbents

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

MODULE 4: Entrepreneurs

Views on fintech evolution from the entrepreneurs: garner insights into startup successes and their challenges in a highly competitive, fast-moving industry that remains a venture capital darling.

MODULE 5: Investors & Academia

Views on fintech evolution from investors and academia: acquire perspective from venture capitalists around investment trends, VC filters and techniques, and place into context with academic frameworks on analysing changing and growth in disruptive innovation.

MODULE 6: The Future

Synthesise your 6-week journey with capstone project presentations and farsight into the future changes approaching the financial services industry, along with resources for next steps beyond the programme and how you are joining a global community of fintech leaders in the Oxford network.

"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

Who You'll Learn From

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

David Shrier

Programme Director, Oxford Fintech
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

David Shrier is a globally recognized authority on financial innovation, and has dual academic appointments at MIT and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In addition to Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders, he created and leads the Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain Strategy programmes. David advises corporations and governments on innovation and applications of technologies such as AI, blockchain, big data, and cyber security systems. His books include New Solutions for Cybersecurity, Trusted Data, and Basic Blockchain.

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A Certificate from a Top-Tier University

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certificate from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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