Oxford Fintech Programme

Preparing you for the future of financial services

Navigate the digital transformation of financial services reshaping the global financial ecosystem.

  • Start dates: 23 October 2024, 12 February 2025
  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: £2,200

Through this programme, you will explore key themes, including:

  • the digitisation of money
  • digital platforms and mobile financial services
  • artificial intelligence and algorithmic technologies in financial services
  • central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)
  • blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • open banking and data networks

Oxford Saïd and the wider university have helped to foster internationally successful fintech offerings including AccomableBanco Mare, Funding Circle, Onfido, Seedrs and Zoona. This makes Oxford the natural place to study the world of fintech and join a vibrant network operating within this burgeoning sector. The community is also proud to include some of the most influential women in fintech; Shefali Roy, Clara Durodie, Lucy Demery and Bījna K. Dasanī.

Fintech’s future as a sector is bright, driven by the rapid, sustained rise of mobile and digital financial services.

Nir Vulkan

Director of the Oxford Fintech Programme

What you'll learn

  • A core understanding of the fundamentals of fintech from distributed systems to responsible innovation.
  • Knowledge of recent and on-going changes in multiple domains within financial services.
  • Real world applications to help you build a strategy for a new fintech venture.
  • The ability to tackle new regulations and the digital disruption in financial services.

Further information

Read more about how the programme is delivered, answers to common questions and the programme’s terms and conditions.


If you have any questions, please contact us at OnlineExecEd@sbs.ox.ac.uk


This module aims to prepare you for the rest of the programme and will:

  • familiarise you with the online campus
  • provide you with an overview of the programme handbook
  • introduce you to the programme team
  • cover some introductory course material including pre-reading materials, basic definitions and a glossary

This will stand you in good stead as you embark on the rest of your programme.

Module 1: Context

Introduction to disruptive change and opportunities in fintech and financial innovation.

Module 2: Policy and regulation

Views from policy makers and regulators: understand how new regulation is being created or adapted to support the growth of fintech innovation ecosystems.

Module 3: Incumbents

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

Module 4: Entrepreneurs part I

Views from entrepreneurs: garner insights into startup successes and their challenges in a highly competitive, fast-moving industry.

Module 5: Entrepreneurs part II

Continuing our exploration of fintech from an entrepreneur’s view, we investigate peer-to-peer lending; digital identity; AI in finance and more.

Module 6: Investors, academia and the future

Views from investors and academia: acquire perspective from Venture Capitalists (VC) around investment trends; VC filters and techniques.


The programme is led by professors Nir Vulkan and Pinar Ozcan, leading authorities on fintech, algorithmic trading, AI in finance, open banking and market design. Pinar also serves as the Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology (Fintech) Initiative.

They are joined by leading faculty from Oxford Saïd, industry experts and successful entrepreneurs, to share research and insights to support your learning.

Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

The University of Oxford’s extensive array of fintech entrepreneurs exemplify the coming together of research with the practical skills required to launch successful fintech ventures. This programme is based on exploring how academic frameworks can influence business practice in a highly disrupted sector. 

You will also access insights from the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology Initiative, a research collaboration exploring global changes in business, policy and society in relation to technology disruption in the financial sector. 


Your certificate 

On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded an official digital certificate of attendance in your legal name from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In order to be issued with a digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course orientation module.

The CPD Certification Service 

This programme is certified as a provider of continuing professional development (CPD) by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.


Participants who complete an Oxford Saïd Executive Education online programme are automatically part of the Oxford Saïd Business School elumni community.

The Elumni Community

Our thriving community comprises more than 37,000 ambitious professionals hailing from 177 countries and representing diverse sectors like finance, law, marketing, healthcare, and energy. A significant number of these individuals proceed to undertake additional online or on-campus programmes, including short courses, executive diplomas, or MBAs.

Oxford Saïd Elumni Network

The Oxford Saїd Elumni Network is a virtual hub specially crafted for elumni. Acknowledging that the journey of professional growth doesn't cease with programme completion; the platform is devised to motivate, encourage, and provide support to elumni as they pursue their career ambitions. It offers elumni an avenue to engage with Saïd Business School faculty, gaining access to expert opinions, research insights, and thought leadership. Furthermore, the network facilitates purposeful global networking, enabling collaborative endeavours for sharing ideas, expertise, and tackling challenges collectively.

You will also gain access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn. 


Participant experiences

'Being a part of Oxford elumni, you will see the world differently and the world will see the difference in you.'

As well as making lifelong friends, Ravindra Meshram shares his biggest accomplishments in the three years that have followed completing both the Fintech and Executive Leadership programmes at Oxford Saïd.

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