The new Fintech Doctoral programme at the University of Edinburgh is delivered in partnership with companies.
This new initiative is designed to help companies access talent and develop innovative products and services. It combines a PhD training structure with a specific focus on topics at the intersection of finance/economics and informatics/technology with a company research project. Each student works on a project commissioned by their sponsoring company partner. Projects need to be of commercial interest to the sponsor and aim to ultimately drive development of new digital solutions and products.
Business partners will set the projects’ topics and will be involved in the candidates’ selection process. Sponsoring companies provide a company supervisor for the project and remain closely involved to ensure delivery of commercially relevant outcomes. The PhD student is also supervised by 2 academic experts from the University of Edinburgh. During the first year of the programme, the students are based mostly in Edinburgh, as they will be undergoing a comprehensive training programme.
During the years 2-4 of the programme, their time will be divided between the partner company and the University. The exact arrangements would be decided with the company for each project to suit their project requirements. After completion of the programme that lasts 4 years, graduates typically enter employment with their company sponsor. Programme provides high-quality talent candidates who help their host company deliver new innovative products and services. Co-funding is available from the EIT Digital (European Institute of Technology) for companies willing to become EIT Digital members. The EIT Digital membership also provides access to innovation funding for commercialising new fintech products and services.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Ksenia Siedlecka at the University of Edinburgh who would be keen to discuss this further with you in more detail.