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England is taking another step towards engaging citizens in cashless payments, as the University of Sussex prepares to introduce a fintech undergraduate course in 2019.

As of next year, prospective students who are interested in expanding their horizons in the world of digital finance, will be eligible to apply for a BSc in Finance and Technology, offered by the University of Sussex. 

The British college has already opened applications for aspiring students to apply for the course, which will include an option of one placement year, giving them the opportunity to work hands-on within this burgeoning industry. 

The course, which will be provided by the University of Sussex in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Informatics, will give students cross-disciplinary experiences in finance, business, informatics, computing, analytic methods and ethics, as well as access to real-time information from the databases of finance news giants such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. 

Students who successfully complete the BSc in Finance and Technology will be subject to an array of career opportunities, ranging from blockchain technology, to robo-advising, high-frequency trading, smart contracts for derivatives and mathematical models for risk analysis. 

The undergraduate degree also prepares students for the university’s already-established MSc in Fintech, Risk and Investment Analysis, should they wish to extend their studies in Sussex.

According to Carol Alexander, professor of finance at the University of Sussex Business School: “By 2020 the fintech industry is expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the UK alone… However, this potential can only be realised if the talent pool exists. Students need to graduate with the skills for careers in this rapidly evolving sector.”