9 Best Fintech Online Courses & Certifications 2021 [UPDATED]

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If you’re looking for a Fintech course to improve your skills, learn how to get into Fintech or to gain a foundation for a Fintech career, you’re on the right track to success. There’s no other way to pick up the knowledge needed other than sitting down and learning first-hand. We highlighted these online Fintech courses as they represent the very best in terms of contributions from experts, quality, programme structure and networks. You can look through the list and find which one addresses what’s important to you.

Here’s what’s available on the market today:

1. CFTE – Fintech Specialisation 

Summary: The Fintech Foundation Specialisation is an introductory course to learn about Fintech and digital finance from the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship. It targets finance professionals, entrepreneurs, and technologists. It has been designed in collaboration with 4 senior lecturers and 16 industry experts from across finance, to give a comprehensive breakdown of main Fintech trends in a simple and concise manner.

CFTE offers Corporate Training for teams with our Fintech program.

Advantages:

  • Taught in an easy-to-digest manner by 4 senior Fintech lecturers who between them have lectured at Singapore Management University, Imperial College London, Oxford University and The University of Hong Kong.
  • Industry insights from 16 top experts working in Fintech, including the Global Head of Bank Research at Citi, Global Head of Innovation at HSBC, CEO of Ping An Technology, and many more
  • Accreditation from the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF)  and SkillFuture in Singapore. Singaporean candidates may benefit from subsidies provided by IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS). Also accredited by CPD in the UK and by the ACT.
  • Be part of a global community of over 70,000 professionals and entrepreneurs
  • Events to network and free online lessons with key people in FinTech to stay updated

Key lecturers:

  • Huy Nguyen Trieu (CEO – The Disruptive Group | Co-Founder – CFTE | Associate Fellow – Oxford)
  • Andrei Kirilenko (Director – Centre for Global Finance and Technology | Imperial College London)
  • Janos Barberis (Founder – Supercharger | Head of Entrepreneurship – CFTE | Research Fellow – Hong Kong University)
  • Dan Liebau (Founder – Lightbulb Capital | Instructor Fintech & Innovation – Singapore Management University)

Key Statistics:

  • 40,000+ Learners Enrolled
  • 4 Senior Academics
  • 16 Fintech Guest Experts

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Cost: £360 or 3 payments of £120.

Certificate: CPD Accredited Certificate of Completion

Study Structure/Method:

  • Course Format: 100% Online
  • Course Access: 6 months access to content from the start date
  • Course Model: Instructor-Led

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2. Saïd Business School, Oxford University — Oxford Fintech Programme

Summary:  A course specifically designed to achieve two outcomes. First, to arm students with a working knowledge of Fintech and second, to identify new opportunities for innovation in finance so that they are equipped to launch new Fintech ventures. Not for the faint-hearted as the course carries a heavy workload. Special mention: CFTE co-founder, Huy Nguyen Trieu is an Associate Fellow at Oxford and helped design this programme.

Advantages: Hands-on practical exercises that stretch your thinking about what’s possible in modern finance.

Key lecturers:

  • Prof. Nir Vulkan (Associate Professor of Business Economics – Saïd Business School | Fellow – Worcester College, University of Oxford)

Level: Intermediate

Cost: £2,650

Certificate: Certificate of attendance from Oxford University

Study Method:  self-paced online learning, 6 weeks

3. Harvard Business School – Fintech Online Short Course

Summary: Offering an up-to-date overview of the Fintech industry, this course taps into experts’ insights to offer guidance about the changing landscape of the finance industry. It also looks at increased regulation in the industry, how traditional institutions are adapting to these rapid changes and the evolving strategies of start-ups in this space to remain profitable.

Advantage: Short course from one of the world’s leading educational institutes. Utilises innovative pedagogical approaches pioneered by the Harvard Business School and presents real challenges reflecting the constant change within the Fintech landscape.

Key lecturers:

  • Lauren Cohen (L.E. Simmons Professor of Business Administration | Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research)
  • Christopher Malloy (Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management | Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research)

Level: Intermediate

Cost: US$3,600

Certificate: Premier Certificate

Study Method: Online, 6 weeks

4. Imperial College Business School — Fintech Programme

Summary: A 2-day course targeting senior bankers, it aims to give participants a strong grasp on how to implement Fintech within their own organisations. Focusing on the application of technologies such as distributed ledger technologies, digital money and digital identities and how they are impacting traditional business models. The course was co-designed by CFTE co-founder Huy Nguyen Trieu.

Advantages: Suitable for those with a focused interest in blockchain technology. Only takes 2 days to complete.

Key lecturers:

  • Deeph Chana (Programme Co-Director Professor of Practice within Imperial College Business School)
  • Stephen Hansen (Associate Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School(
  • Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius (Emerging Tech Consultant and Computer Science Ph.D. student at Imperial College London)
  • Jason Maude (Chief Technology Advocate at Starling Bank)
  • Tom Stevens (Chief Commercial Officer for ETFmatic)
  • Philip Nadler (Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Computing and a consultant for the Data Science Institute at Imperial College London)
  • José-Luis Peydró (Programme Director & Professor of Finance)
  • Helene Panzarino (Director of the Digital Finance Portfolio)

Level: mid to senior-level professionals

Cost: £1,800

Certificate: N/A

Study Method: Online, 2 days

5. National University of Singapore – Fintech: Innovation and transformation in Financial Services

Summary: This programme has been designed for individual consultants, team leaders, product managers and those responsible for driving innovation and business outcomes. The course summary caters for the risks, opportunities and key considerations of applying FinTech to innovation. 

Advantages:

  • Turn your learnings into a personalised action plan during the course

Key lecturer: 

  • Dr Ernie Teo (Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the Department of Analytics and Operations at NUS Business School,  Co-founder of Dedoco, and Vice Chairman for Blockchain Association Singapore)

Level: Intermediate

Cost: USD 1,600

Certificate: Digital certificate at completion

Study method: Online, 2 months

6. The University of Hong Kong — Introduction to FinTech

Summary: Taught by leading academics, this online course is an excellent introduction to the world of Fintech. Co-developed by CFTE, the course also features 3 CFTE lecturers among the 6: Janos Barberis (founder of SuperCharger), Huy Nguyen Trieu (co-founder of CFTE) and Douglas W. Arner (Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at the University of Hong Kong).

Advantages: Targeted at beginners such as university students and fresh graduates, the course tackles key concepts in Fintech, from cryptocurrencies to RegTech, with lecturers providing clear explanations about the changing Fintech landscape. No prior knowledge is required, meaning that it is a useful platform for students to gain a basic foundation and understanding of Fintech.

Key lecturers:

  • Douglas Arner (Kerry Holdings Professor in Law –  University of Hong Kong / Academic Board Member – CFTE)
  • Janos Barberis (Founder – Supercharger | Head of Entrepreneurship – CFTE / Research Fellow – Hong Kong University)
  • Huy Nguyen Trieu (CEO – The Disruptive Group | Co-Founder – CFTE | Associate Fellow – Oxford)
  • Henri Arslanian (FinTech & RegTech Lead – China and Hong Kong, PwC | Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong University)
  • Ross P Buckley (King & Wood Mallesons Chair in International Finance Law | Scientia Professor, UNSW Sydney)
  • Brian Tang (Managing Director – Asia Capital Markets Institute)

Level: Beginner

Cost: FREE

Certificate: Verified certificate for £153

Study Method: Online and self-paced, 6 weeks

7. Duke University — Fintech Law and Policy

Summary: It may be a little out there, but hear us out. Success in Fintech doesn’t just rely on innovation, as desirable as that would be. A successful company should also have a firm grasp of the regulations and laws applicable to its operations. This course offers knowledge of critical policy and regulatory issues surrounding cryptocurrencies, ICOs, wealth management, and more, but do note that it covers primarily information about US Fintech regulations.

Advantages: A course that is US-focused that gives participants an insight into the nitty-gritty of the complex policies surrounding the US Fintech industry. It is also fairly light in terms of commitment, with the course taking a recommended 13 hours to complete.

Key lecturer:

  • Lee Reiners, CFA (Executive Director – Global Financial Markets Center)

Level: Beginner

Cost: FREE

Certificate: US$49

Study Method: Online, with flexible deadlines

8. San Francisco’s Fintech School


Summary: Based in San Francisco, the Fintech School offers a number of blended learning courses aimed at introducing professionals to key topics such as Blockchain, Crowdfunding and Robo-Advisors. With a focus on practical Fintech training, these courses will walk you through a number of ‘101’ styled subjects with the intended purpose of providing participants a soft introduction to the industry. In addition to their online Fintech courses, the school organises several workshops across North America if you prefer a more immersive programme.

Advantage: There are a variety of Fintech topics on offer at a low price point, with content designed by Fintech entrepreneurs and subject matter experts.

Key lecturers:

  • Gregory LaBlanc (Faculty Director – Berkeley Fintech Institute | Faculty Director & Instructor – UC Berkeley Executive Education)
  • Patrick Baron (Founder & CEO – Blockchain Consulting Group)
  • Neeraj Srivastava (CTO – DLTLabs)
  • Khadija Khartit (Managing Partner – IFS Advisory | Faculty, Brandeis University)

Level: Beginner

Cost: Modules start from US$99

Certificate: N/A

Study Method: Online, self-paced

9. Copenhagen Business School – Digital Competition in Financial Services

Summary: This online course is designed for individuals that want to carve out a career in digital finance. Focusing on all digital aspects of the financial industry, it tackles the topics of transformation, platforms, ecosystems, open API and open banking. Instructors will lead using state-of-the-art examples and also share knowledge from their own research, giving you valuable insight into digital strategies in tomorrow’s world of finance.

Advantages: Covers everything you need to know about the digital transformation in finance. Offers a solid foundation to build on with more advanced courses in the future. Suitable for those short of time, taking just a recommended 16 hours to complete.

Key lecturers:

  • Jonas Hedman (Associate Professor, Department of Digitalization – Copenhagen Business School)
  • Stefan Henningsson (Associate Professor, Department of Digitalization – Copenhagen Business School)

Level: Beginner

Cost: 7-day free trial, US$49 per month after trial ends

Certificate: Certificate of completion

Study Method: Online, self-paced with flexible deadlines

Which Fintech course should I choose?

What Fintech course you choose  really depends on what you’re looking for. Of course, we are slightly more inclined to recommend the Fintech courses which are close to us: CFTE, Hong Kong University, Oxford and Imperial College!

However, choosing the right course really comes down to your goals and what you want to learn. From the list above, it’s already clear that the world of Fintech is expansive – there is no course that covers all bases! For example, if you want to dive deep into Fintech and try your hand at testing a business plan, then the courses offered by Oxford or Harvard will be suitable for you. 

On the flip side, if you want a general introduction to Fintech, then the CFTE Fintech Foundation course is probably the right option for you, given the quality of the content and lecturers, and the format clarity. And if you are a student who would like to compliment his/her education in finance, the HKU MOOC could be a great option. 

In all cases, learning Fintech is a must today, so good luck in your journey!


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