The financial sector tops the list for being the earliest adopter of blockchain technologies – however its potential and application are rapidly spreading across government, telecom, legal, energy, food, and even the pharmaceutical industries. In fact, wherever any kind of transaction is utilised, blockchain has the potential to add significant value.

According to research by Gartner, the business value-add of blockchain will grow to $176 million by 2025 and surge to more than $3.1 trillion by 2030.

Admittedly, the hype surrounding blockchain these days is overwhelming, even over-rated at times. Therefore a mature approach is necessary to avoiding the pitfalls often associated with the pressured adoption of new technologies.

In recognising the growing demand for expertise in this fast-emerging technology, MCAST’s newest MSc in Information Technology and Systems provides its graduates with the knowledge and skills to actively apply, design, deploy and manage blockchain technologies effectively.

Engaging with Distributed Ledger Technologies and hash algorithms, this new MQF Level 7 Masters programme strengthens tomorrow’s CTO, IT managers and senior systems administrators with a solid understanding of key ICT areas that support the use of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies including cloud computing, big data and the Internet-of-Things.

With the large corporations like Google and Goldman Sachs among the most active in working to stake their claim in this fast-changing technological landscape, smaller organisations are more able to adopt and capitalise on the disruptive nature of blockchain in industry and this holistic programme prepares its students to do just that.

In effect, this new programme goes well beyond blockchain and cryptocurrencies and provides students with the tools and methodologies necessary for integrating blockchain into tomorrow’s industry-leading applications.

To further enhance the readiness for the challenges that lay ahead, graduates are thoroughly prepared in systems strategy and management, business process innovation and enterprise systems while maintaining the blockchain focus.

Network security, data management technologies and cyber security also form an integral part of this programme thus presenting the student with an unprecedented range of opportunities to empower and propel the Maltese blockchain industry into the future.

The MSc Information Technology and Systems programme starts during the first week of October 2018 and is delivered on a part-time basis.

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