Oxford University Saïd Business School launches fintech course

The University of Oxford

LONDON — Oxford University, the centuries-old British education
institution, is branching out into fintech.

The university’s Saïd Business School announced on Wednesday that

it will launch an online short course in fintech
— financial
technology for the uninitiated — that is designed to help prepare
business executives for a future where more and more financial
services functions are based around tech.

“Oxford Saïd has a commitment to preparing global executives for
the challenges of both today and tomorrow,” Peter Tufano, the
Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at the school, told
Business Insider over email.

“Our faculty have been active in fintech research and teaching,
up to and including starting fintech companies, so have a
significant expertise to draw upon to help students in their

Oxford has launched the programme in conjunction with educational
technology firm GetSmarter, which was recently acquired by fellow
ed-tech business 2U for $103 million (£78 million).

The course will run for 10 weeks, costing £2,500, and aims to
teach people a broad range of skills relevant to fintech. The
university’s business school has run an in-person fintech
programme in London in the past, Tufano noted.

The course will take “a systems approach to understanding fintech
disruption across an array of dimensions:
money, markets, marketplaces, and infrastructure,” Tufano told

“While we touch on current topics such as bitcoin or AI, we also
delve into the structure of financial systems themselves to put
the current wave of technology-driven disruption in a broader,
rigorous, and fundamentally grounded context.

“You can’t really understand the future directions that
robo-advising or quantum computing will take the global financial
system without appreciating the current state, the array of
regulatory, business and technology architectures in place, and
what’s motivating the changes we are starting to see play out.”

Over 60 different leaders in the fintech space are included in
the course in some capacity, with major names like US US online
lender Prosper Marketplace, currency exchange platform Ripple,
UK clearing bank, ClearBank,

The course — which launches on October 9 — will be online-only
initially but Tufano said that it could be integrated into
traditional courses at the Saïd Business School in future.

“Programme content is always changing and we are certainly
reviewing the possibility of integrating this content into other
programmes,” Tufano said, noting that Oxford’s current MBA
students will have the option to take part in the course.