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FinTech: Law and regulation

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Academic Direction
UCL, Queen Mary University of London
Modes of Study

This course aims to help you understand what FinTech is. It will also introduce you to blockchain, which is often presented as a sign of innovation and is regarded by many as the doorway to a distributed, decentralised internet.

Module A: Payments, alternative financing and cryptoassets


  • Introduction: what exactly is FinTech and what problems does it solve?
  • New payments landscape
  • Alternative financing: crowdfunding platforms
  • Cryptoassets and initial coin offerings

Module B: Blockchain and distributed ledgers


  • Blockchain in financial services
  • Smart contracts
  • Allocation of liability on distributed ledgers
  • Governing the blockchain: how to determine applicable law?

Module C: Regulatory issues


Data privacy
FinTech to TechFin: regulation of data-driven finance
Regulating robo advice

Module D: RegTech, SupTech and LegalTech


  • RegTech, SupTech and the future of compliance
  • Regulatory sandboxes
  • Technological innovation in legal services


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended you attempt Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, Module A must be studied first.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Banking and finance law
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Computer and communications law
  • Economic regulation
  • Financial services law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.