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LLM FinTech Law

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Law

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This specialised LLM will equip you with expert knowledge in Financial Technology (FinTech) law and regulation. Recent developments in FinTech are having an increasing effect on the way individuals, businesses and governments save, borrow, spend and invest. This Masters will introduce key alternative finance products and services such as mobile payments, crowdfunding, cryptoassets, private digital currencies, stablecoins, decentralized finance and the approaches to central bank digital currencies. These services have been facilitated by technologies such as distributed ledger technology (DLT) blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

You will also enhance your professional skills, awareness, and ability to locate, interpret, analyse and criticise laws, rules, policies and practices on international financing, financial markets and the impact of technology in the financial services industry. This programme will also provide specialist knowledge of the key role that the law and technology play in facilitating international financial transactions such as syndicated lending and international bond issues.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Expertise in FinTech

Study a distinctive and innovative combination of Law and FinTech giving you a competitive advantage in a dynamic and fast-growing industry. You’ll get opportunity to see how regulation works in practice by attending sessions with UK financial regulators which would be hugely beneficial to our students as the UK is the centre of FinTech and regulatory technology (RegTech)

99%

internationally recognised research

99% of our research was rated as 'internationally recognised' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Evening classes

Your 6 contact hours a week are evening classes (6 – 9pm), providing flexibility to fit in with your lifestyle. 

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What we're researching

At the Royal Docks School of Business and Law we are researching: digital finance and the application of technology to finance in emerging and developing economies; the regulation of FinTech and digital finance. Our research focuses on the mechanisms, potential and risks of digital finance and FinTech, and the approach to their regulation. Current research interrogates existing regulation of cryptoassets; the challenges of regulating decentralised finance and the co-existence of stablecoins and central bank digital currencies.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£10,800

1 Year Masters:
£10,800 

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£1,800

Per 30 credit module

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£14,340

You may be eligible to receive £3,000 fee waiver scholarship.

Additional £2,000 for Year 2 industrial placement.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any subject.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Financial Technology (FinTech) Regulation (Core)
  • Regulation of Financial Markets (Core)
  • Law of International Finance (Core)
  • International Law and Business (Optional)
  • International Corporate Governance (Optional)
  • Economic Integration in Developing Countries (Optional)
  • The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation (Optional)
  • Dissertation

Please note: You would be required to take three core modules and 1 optional module. Optional modules might not run every year, the course team will decide on an annual basis which options will be running, based on student demand and academic factors, in order to create the best learning experience.

You are encouraged to embark on placements during the first month of their summer holidays.  The placement is however, optional and you would be responsible for finding and financing such placements. 

How you'll be assessed

Knowledge is assessed by:

  • Essays
Thinking skills are assessed by:
  • Seminars 
  • Workshops 
Practical skills are assessed by
  • Forms of formative and summative assessments 
Skills for life and work (general skills) are assessed by
  • Group tasks 
  • Time Management

Breakdown assessment, 100% coursework

Feedback summary, eg. We aim to provide feedback on assessments in within two weeks from the announcement of the result of the assessment.


Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Course Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessment within the course.

 


How you'll learn

All our LLM courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops with six contact hours a week taking place during weekday evenings from 6 – 9pm. We extensively use problem-based learning, class discussion and case studies to ensure our teaching is brought to life, while all our lectures are issued as podcasts to give you greater access to learning resources and allow you to revisit specific classes.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, and you will be expected to lead discussions based on your own research activities and reflective practice. You will also be expected to work in groups and present findings and solutions to problems. At all times you will be encouraged to reflect on and take responsibility for your own learning. Seminar and workshop groups are a key component of the course and aim to assist you with analysing underlying principles and practices of accounting and asses your application to specific issues. 

The main approaches to teaching and learning can be summarised as an emphasis on the role of learners in acquiring knowledge and understanding, the development of skills for self-managed learning and self-assessment and a critical approach to study.

Knowledge is developed through:

  • Directed and general reading in the module
  • Knowledge based participation in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops including reflective activities with feedback
  • Online discussions and activities
  • Research using collection and analysis of research materials.
  • The use of information technology to undertake legal research.
  • Familiarity with legal concepts, case studies and legal arguments in the selected areas of law.

Thinking skills are developed through:

  • Preparation of tasks set for tutorials, seminars and workshops and linking theory to practice 
  • Satisfactory completion of the assessment process including essays, presentations, reports, case studies and projects
  • Preparation for major assignment, such as dissertation/work-based project
  • Problem-solving and critical analysis in seminar activities including reflective activities with feedback
  • Online discussions and activities

Practical skills are developed through:

  • Academic and research skills session, which will take place at the beginning of the semester.
  • IT activities with feedback
  • Case studies and workshops
  • Analysis of legal argument
  • Planning and staging presentations
  • Research skills-based activities with feedback

Skills for life and work (general skills) are developed through

  • Time management to be achieved through either working in groups or individually 
  • Forming and working in teams which will develop organizational, motivational and communication skills
  • Being able to produce clearly argued solutions when problem solving 
  • Academic writing ability
  • Oral presentation of arguments 
  • Planning activities with feedback

 

Who teaches on this course

Dr Iwa Salami

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What you'll learn

You’ll learn about the role that financial regulation plays in key FinTech developments such as mobile payments, crowdfunding, cryptoassets, private digital currencies, stablecoins and decentralized finance. You’ll develop an understand of the role that law and technology play in facilitating international transactions such as syndicated lending and international bond issues.

Develop the skills to critically engage with the major theoretical legal debates surrounding international financing, financial markets and financial technology. Be able to deal with policy arguments on international financing, financial markets and financial technology law. Have the ability to apply critical and contextual approaches to the developing legal issues emanating from international financing, regulation of financial markets and financial technology.

Develop the ability to analyse, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via dissertation or work-based project. You’ll also develop an advanced knowledge of the legal discourse and doctrines relating to international financing, financial markets and financial technology.

You’ll gain detailed knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts, terminologies, practices and structures dealing with international financing, financial markets and technology. Have detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the topics studied by linking previous or current experience with current scholarly and legal debates on international financing, financial markets and technology, particularly via dissertation or work-based project. 

You’ll develop the ability to engage with principal debates in the field of international financing, financial markets and technology. Build awareness of the contribution of non-legal discipline to debates surrounding international financing, financial markets and technology.

Your future career

After completing this programme, you would be able to work in roles including: financial/FinTech compliance specialists; lawyers within financial/FinTech institutions and law firms that have finance practice areas (they would need to have qualified in their chosen jurisdiction of practice); financial regulators and policy makers within government departments such as the ministry of finance/ treasury. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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