UCC CPD courses

FinTech: Law and Regulation LW6639


Fact File

  • Title

    FinTech: Law and Regulation LW6639

  • Code


  • College

    Centre for Continuing Professional Development

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    CPD Module

  • Fees

    €600 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for the module will be the general requirements applicable to UCC CPD courses. Eligible students of the module should be graduates of programmes that are broadly relevant to technology in financial services. The module is being delivered within the LLM ((Business Law) and (Intellectual Property and e-Law)) programmes. Students will be expected to meet the entry requirements for the overall programmes. As LLM entry requirements, candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally: (a) hold a Law Degree with at least a 2H1; or (b) have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the LLM (Business Law) Degree. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    27th November 2020

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    15th December 2020


Module Objective: To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory issues and challenges arising from the increased use of technological innovations in financial services (FinTech).

Module Content: The course addresses: the contemporary digitalisation of financial services; the examples of technological advances in recent years (ranging from cryptocurrencies to blockchain to smart contracts as well as the parallel trends in AI, Big Data analytics and cloud computing); the expansion of these technological developments to other areas of commercial practice; the effects of 'disruptive innovation' for the banking sector; the applicable law and the resulting regulatory gaps; and the approaches which have been adopted in various jurisdictions to regulate the progress of FinTech.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the relevant legal and regulatory issues and challenges arising from FinTech;
  • Recognise the development and the purposes of the underlying technologies associated with FinTech;
  • Describe and critically analyse the options for appropriately regulating for the growth of FinTech;
  • Conduct masters-level research on aspects of FinTech law and regulation;
  • Apply their knowledge of the law to the set assessment.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The specific timetable for the module will be finalised shortly. It will consist of 12 hours of seminars, divided into 6 X 2 hr classes 

Online: Canvas; Microsoft Teams



Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Why Choose

This CPD module is a 5 credit module (ECTS) that is offered as a module option for several of the the LLM programmes within UCC's School of Law 

On completion of this module, you may apply for an exemption to the module should you decide to progress to this programme, or another programme where LW6639 may be on offer. 

*This is subject to time restrictions and also the approval of the Programme Director for this programme.



To be eligible for the this CPD module:

  1. Candidates must hold a law degree with at least a 2H1
  2. Have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake this course.
  3. This course is based online. In order to connect to class, students must have reliable internet access, a microphone, and speakers.


Decisions regarding student eligibility will be made by the module co-ordinator.

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit either an IELTS test or a recognised equivalent test as approved by Faculty. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual section lower than 6.0. An exception may be granted where a candidate has been awarded a university degree where the overall content has been delivered in the English language.

Click here for further details on English Language Proficiency for Postgraduates

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €600.

This module is currently open for applications for HEA-funded spaces on 11/11/2020.  Where eligible, applicants will be entitled to a funded space (either 90% or 100% funded) on this module.

There is NO €35 application fee for HEA-Funded Applicants.  Click here to check eligibility.


Where ineligible to apply for a HEA-Funded space normal module fees (below) apply:

The fee for this module is €600 for EU applicants. 

There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2020 are now closed.  Applications receied after 27th November 2020 may not be reviewed.



How to apply for a July Stimulus Place below

 1. Click on this link July Stimulus CPD Form , download form and complete.

 2. Gather required documents as detailed below.

 3. Return form and documents detailed below by email to cpd@ucc.ie 

 You will need to email the following attachments to cpd@ucc.ie:

  1. Your completed CPD application form
  2. Any further documents required for specialised modules (these are detailed on the individual module pages)
  3. Funding eligibility document (list of appropriate documents below)
  4. Attach your birthcertificate or passport (ID is required so that we can register you on our student records system)

 Note: Some additional documents may be required depending on your nationality and native language:                                    

  1. If you are not an Irish/EU/EEA/UK/Swiss citizen, you must provide confirmation that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding application for the module (Stamp 4 Visas accepted)
  2. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to provide language proficiency documentation (details here)

Application submission dates will be based on receipt of complete submissions, including applicable documentation above.  

For Further Information Visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cpd/options/hea-funding/

Applications for this module are now open.

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