The University of Edinburgh

As a founding partner of Fintech Scotland, the University of Edinburgh is a key player in the Scottish Fintech ecosystem.

Fintech talent and skills

Edinburgh has grown to become the 2nd largest financial services sector in the UK after London.  As one of the world’s leading Universities we produce over 1,000 graduates a year in data science, and over 300 in Finance and Innovation. We supply a rich pipeline of talent to help businesses, both locally and globally, grow their Fintech capabilities, and we have ambitious plans to increase our impact and help make Edinburgh the Data Capital of Europe.

The University of Edinburgh

We are currently recruiting students for the first cohort on our MSc in Finance, Technology & Policy, which will begin in September 2019. It is a unique degree applying the core principles of finance with practical skills in programming, machine learning and big data analysis within a problem-based learning framework to help students develop the skillsets that are relevant for Fintech roles of today and the future.

We also develop Fintech talent across our wider programme portfolio, which includes specialist degrees in:

Many of these students work on industry research and consultancy projects as part of their studies.

Business Analytics

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Banking & Risk


Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science

Data Science


Design Informatics

Financial Mathematics

Financial Modelling & Optimization

Computational Mathematical Finance

Data-Driven Innovation in Fintech

The University of Edinburgh is investing significantly in data-driven innovation to make the Edinburgh city-region one of the top Fintech ecosystems in the world. Through two new innovation hubs – the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the Bayes Centre – we aim to create and nurture a vibrant data science and technology cluster that transforms businesses and communities.

Future Finance

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will bring together experts from across the University to help rework the future of financial services. In partnership with entrepreneurs, employees and governments, it will tackle issues in Fintech such as regulation and governance, creating value, and how businesses, individuals and communities can innovate to redefine their future.

Future Technology

Launched in 2018, the Bayes Centre is using world-leading data science and artificial intelligence to shape a better future for everyone. Working with partners, it is a proving ground for data-driven innovation to solve real-world problems through scientific enquiry, inspiring design and industrial collaboration.

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