Ahlia University has offered its FinTech programme and has developed it to match curricula offered by leading business schools with a view to future enhance the attractiveness of its sought-after graduates for executive and leadership positions in financial technology, blockchain and cryptocurrencies technologies, big data analytics, cybersecurity & RegTech.
Potential career pathways for graduates from Postgraduate Degree in FinTech will include:
A1. Concepts and Theories
Demonstrate a critical understanding of key principles, theories, and concepts of financial technology.
A2. Contemporary Trends, problems and Research
Demonstrate an extensive detailed knowledge of contemporary trends, current developments as well as niche topics of research in the field of financial technology.
A3. Professional Responsibility
Demonstrate extensive detailed knowledge and understanding of the professional and legal responsibilities related to day-to-day professional practices and operations of a specialist in financial technology.
B1. Problem Solving
Use professional and specialized range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools to analyze and solve problems in Financial Technology.
B2. Modeling and Design
Apply a range of standard and specialized research models and methods (e.g. big data analytics, machine learning, sensitivity analysis, simulation) to capture real-world complexities in financial technology.
B3. Application of Methods and Tool
Use range of specialized software-based FinTech to analyze quantitative problems in finance to probe into a finance technological problems using specialized methods/ techniques and interpret the obtained results.
C1. Analytic skills
C2. Synthetic Skills
C3. Creative Skills
D1. Communication Skills
D2. Teamwork and Leadership
D3. Organizational and Developmental skills
D4. Ethics and Social Responsibility
The FinTech program comprises of 36 credit hours distributed as follows: 18 hours core courses, (6) hours electives, in addition to 12 credit hours for thesis as illustrated in the following plan:
|Course title||Credit hours|
|Fundamentals of Financial Technology||3|
|Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Technologies||3|
|Portfolio Theory & Investment Analysis||3|
|Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Finance||3|
|Elective Courses (2 courses out of 4)|
|FinTech Ethics and Risks||3|
|Cybersecurity & RegTech||3|
|Entrepreneurship in FinTech||3|
|Algorithm and High-Frequency Trading||3|
|Dissertation in FinTech||12|
|Total credit hours||36|
Admission to Ahlia University (AU) is selective based on academic achievements. Applications are welcomed from all students regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, nationality, physical or learning disability. Admission is purely based on merit.
Ahlia University accepts Master programme applicants holding undergraduate degrees to join the University as new students provided that they meet the entry and application requirements set by the University and are in-line with the Bahraini Higher Education Council requirements.
Only successful applicants in the interview will be considered for admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to stipulate deficiency requirements to any applicant offered admission where, in the judgment of the Committee, the mastery of the relevant subject matter has not been conclusively demonstrated by the academic transcript.
Applicants admitted into the Master of FinTech Program will be admitted under the Ahlia University admission requirements for a master’s program which include:
|GPA||GPA ≥ 2.5|
|Subject to passing an interview.|
|Student with GPA <2.5 are subject to passing an interview and taking foundation courses|
|Accepted Specializations||A bachelor’s degree in Business from an approved university.|
|Students with non-Business Background are subject to take foundation courses.|
|Proficiency in English language||A minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS or its equivalent or passing Ahlia University English level examination.|
The estimated duration for completion of the MSc in FinTech programme at Ahlia University is 2 years. This is structured around 36 credit-hours covering 8 courses along with a dissertation. The duration of the study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 studying hours.
|Application Fee||BD 40|
|Registration Fee||BD 300|
|Foundation Courses (if applicable)||BD 960|
|Course Fees||BD 5,280|
|Dissertation Fees||BD 2,640|