The Fintech Project is an opportunity to engage with students specialising in financial technology, portfolio optimisation, and applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics in financial services on a piece of research and analysis carried out between May and August. Alongside the academic dissertation, the main output of the project is an executive summary and/or presentation to the client.

What projects are suitable?

Students on the MSc Finance, Technology and Policy programme undertake a range of courses, including:

  • Data Value Chains to Constellations
  • Financial Market and Investments
  • Financial Valuation
  • Modern Financial Market Microstructures
  • Python Programming

Projects within any of these areas would be of interest to our students.

Examples of projects

  • Analysing historical data using statistical techniques to determine optimal execution strategy with particular emphasis on trading securities in ratio
  • Applications of machine learning to regulatory analytics
  • Customer profile enrichment:
    • Income benefits
    • Income gap
    • Transaction classification
  • Relationship between performance accuracy and sentiment conveyed in investment research reports

Qualifying criteria

  • Complete an application form setting out clear project objectives
  • Have an interesting research topic that meets academic requirements
  • Willingness to communicate business details to the student
  • Ability to engage with the student throughout the project
  • Commitment to share necessary data and arrange access for data collection (NDAs can be signed as part of the process)


Action Date
Contact Business Engagement Manager to discuss your project Any time
Client project proposal due Deadline: 15 December
Final list of projects confirmed By end of January
Projects are matched to students Late February
Client informed of matching outcome Early March
Dissertation period May to mid-August
Initial meeting between client and student and project scoping May
MoU and NDA agreed By end of May
Student carries out the research Exact start date to be agreed in the MoU (from May onwards to mid-August)
Outputs delivered to the client End of August

Discuss your ideas

If you would like more information on student projects please contact Rachel Parks, our Business Engagement Manager.