Program for EIT Digital Master 2 FinTech track

The FinTech track consists of two semesters and allows you to earn 60 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System).

The first semester consists of core and elective courses. In addition, each student must complete a Personal  Research and Development Project proposed by either one of the academic  partner institutions (CNRS I3S, CNRS LJAD or INRIA), or by our industrial local partners ( Amadeus,Caisse d'Epargne Côte d'Azur, Wall Street systems, Sogeti, SAP research labs,..., or by the Sophia-Antipolis SMEs ecosystem  more generally)  for a total of 6 ECTS credits. Subjects are proposed to students during October, so that the project can also start early: approx 1 day per week, plus a four weeks almost full-time  period (between Period 1 and 2; End of february: oral defense, delivery of an intermediate report before Christmas, and one final report at the end of semester 1) should be allocated to the project development.

 A welcome day organized by the Graduate school DS4H you belong to is usually scheduled on the Friday of the second week of September, whole day on campus + extra evening event. An other welcome meeting specific to EIT Digital is also scheduled. An informal meeting with the head of the master is happpening early days of September at Polytech campus main building. Some general level information pertaining to the Polytech Engineering school can be consulted here.
Christmas break starts week 50 and the semester resumes on the first Monday after New Year. If possible, we try not to put you exams on these. These two weeks of holidays are the only one you can expect during the 3rd semester. The internship can start from 2nd week of March, but, as you have to find a position for 4 to 6 months and oral defenses happen early September 2020, you can schedule some holidays before, during or after the internship.


Semester 1, Early September-Early March(30 ECTS)

Mandatory as elective courses are most of the times spread on either of  the two periods (quarters of consecutive 8 weeks including last one for the written exam; first quarter starts at Polytech, the Monday 3rd week of september, second starts after the  --only-- two weeks of vacation for Christmas break). If not indicated "In French", courses are taught either by default in English, or, on demand if needed.

Mandatory courses (12 ECTS)

The list of mandatory courses from the 2021-22 academic period will be such that it gets as close as possible to IMAFA -  track of the Master 2 Ingénierie Mathématiques / 5th year of study IMAFA and the SD - Sciences des Données - tracks of the applied mathematics and computer science departments of Polytech Nice-Sophia Antipolis engineering school.  Each block of courses provide the ECTS as soon as within it, all course marks once averaged reach 10 / 20.

Models & computation for risk coverage (6 ECTS) Coefficient
Refresher in maths and stats for data science & finance (sept 1st week) 1
Applied mathematical models in Finance (sept 2nd week) 2
Introduction to Insurance and Actuarial calculus (oct-dec) 3
Security in FinTech (6 ECTS): choose 3 courses among Coefficient
EINN929 Smart cards & trusted infrastructures (24h) Period 2, Jan-March 2
EIN906B Blockhain and privacy (Period 2) 2
EINC905 Sécurité des applications web (can be taught in English- Period 1) 2
EINN945 Security and privacy 3.0 (Period 2) 2

Elective courses (6 ECTS): choose sufficient courses to collect 6 ECTS (or more) among

Period 1 Elective courses : sept-nov Schedule  
EIIN947 Panorama of Big Data technologies Monday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN935 Data Science:  industrial seminars (IBM, Amadeus taught course, CECAZ on  Big Data and Analytics, and some Jupyter notebook for Kaggle labs/projects) Friday afternoon Coefficient 2
EIINA901 Software architectures for the cloud Friday afternoon Coefficient 2
EIIN934 Applied A.I. Monday afternoon Coefficient 2
EIMAD922 Advanced Machine Learning Thursday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN949 Web of Data also an online as Coursera EIT Digital course Tuesday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN949 Knowledge Engineering Tuesday afternoon Coefficient 2
Period 2 Elective courses : jan-march Schedule  
EIIN938 Management of massive data (mostly network streaming technologies) Friday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN931 Virtualized infrastructure in cloud computing Monday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN908B Data mining for networks Thursday afternoon Coefficient 2
EIIN951 Semantic Web Tuesday afternoon Coefficient 2
EIIN927 Web programming: client side Thursday morning Coefficient 2
EIIN928 Web programming: server side Tuesday morning Coefficient 2

Project Fin d'Etudes in FinTech (6 ECTS)

Project Fin d'Etudes Schedule  
Personal research and/or development project in FinTech with additional seminars: introduction to financial markets, tools and modelisation Starts september till end of februrary, 4 weeks almost full time mid nov till mid december 6 ECTS

Innovation and Entrepreunership module (6 ECTS)

Besides, the student must develop a mandatory Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) work of 6 ECTS, as mandated by EIT Digital I&E common specification of masters. This work is coached by the UCA and EURECOM local coordinator(s) in I&E and spans the whole October-February period once per two weeks approximatively starting mid of october in general. The goal is to reuse on-line I&E material from the Moodle, common to all EIT Digital masters, and apply this to selected business cases. These business cases are most of the time proposed by the various EIT Digital Action Lines partners. More details will follow (from here).

Semester 2, March-August full time (30 ECTS, 4 to 6 months max)

Internship/Master thesis

This internship can be done either in our partner research institutions teams at I3S, LJAD, INRIA even if for EIT Digital students, industrial internships are the preferred choice. We provide support and guidance to this aim. Including for outside the Nice - Sophia-Antipolis Technology park, eg. in the Paris area. The evaluation of the internship work encompasses three aspects: work achieved as measured by the internship supervisor, written thesis submitted at the end of August and evaluated by the university supervisor, oral defense organized early September (can happen in visio conference mode) and evaluated by a jury of professors. Positions as employee in a company can also be turned as the mandatory period for preparing the master thesis, as soon as the content is approved by the head of the master.