Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Investment Science and Finance Analytics
投資科學及金融分析(榮譽)理學士學位


Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3806

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

At least 123, depending on the student's qualifications (plus 2 training credits).

Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
No
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Prof. Yiu Ka-fai, Cedric
MSc, DPhil

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Zhao Xingqiu
BS, MSc, PhD

Assistant Programme Leaders

Dr Wong Kin Yau, Alex
BSc, MPhil, PhD

Mr Leung Man Kin, Adam
BSc, MPhil

Remarks
  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • For more programme information, please visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/ug/63426/

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

To produce graduates with strong mathematical and statistical skills and a thorough understanding of their applications in the world of modern investment and finance analytics. The programme fosters students’ skills in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication, which enable them to develop an outlook and methodology invaluable to the pursuit of careers in a variety of areas, such as investment banking, fund management, risk management and financial product development and pricing.

 

Characteristics

This programme focuses on the study of modern data analytics needed in today's financial industry. Its curriculum design covers subjects such as big data analytics, business intelligence, customer relationship management, machine learning, algorithmic trading and artificial intelligence, all of which strengthen students’ data interpretation and analytical skills and prepare them to pursue careers in the rapidly evolving investment and finance industries.

Curriculum

  • Year 1: students study the General University Requirement (GUR) subjects, common science subjects and foundation mathematics and statistics.
  • Year 2: students study compulsory subjects in mathematics, statistics and finance.
  • Years 3 and 4: students study advanced subjects in investment science, finance analytics and computer science, including Elective Subjects.

In their fourth year of study, students complete a Capstone Project in which they tackle a problem or research topic in investment science/applied mathematics/statistics, consolidating the discipline-specific knowledge, concepts and generic skills they have accrued during the programme.

For details, please refer to www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/ug/63426.

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

The programme is designed to develop students’ skills in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication, which enable them to pursue careers in business- and finance-related fields such as investment banking, fund management, risk management and financial product development and pricing.

In addition to finance-related fields, our programme supports graduates' pursuit of careers in information technology, scientific research, education, marketing and consultancy. Many of our graduates have found jobs in prestigious financial institutions and renowned corporations across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Professional Recognition

Upon completing the programme, graduates are expected to receive partial exemption from the professional assessment of:

  • the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute;
  • the Hong Kong Statistical Society (subject to confirmation); and
  • the Royal Statistical Society of the UK (subject to confirmation).

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

 

Other Information

  • Applicants attaining good results in English Language and Mathematics are preferred.

 

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 2766 6946; email: isfa.info@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


With my passion for business and mathematics, enrolling in the Investment Science programme was an inevitable choice for me. The programme helps students to build a good foundation in mathematics, statistics and finance.

To equip students for the real working environment, the Department of Applied Mathematics (AMA) holds workshops on different kinds of statistical software, such as SAS and SPSS. It also offers students many great internship opportunities. During my studies, I received training from the Census and Statistics Department and Kwong Wah Hospital as a research assistant. This experience enhanced my ability to interpret data, perform concise analysis and give constructive suggestions to seniors.

Thanks to my professors’ and instructors’ generous encouragement in response to my academic and career worries, I become more enthusiastic about statistics. Afterwards, I completed my Master's degree in Statistics and Finance in the UK. I am truly honored and grateful to have been awarded a distinction. I am now working in the investment department at Chinese Estates Holdings Limited. I am mainly responsible for integrating and analysing different sorts of financial data, recording the CEO's and company's securities and bonds trading and reporting to the Board of Directors. AMA gave me valuable career-enhancing knowledge and practical skills, ensuring that I was able to adapt well to the fast-paced and stressful environment of the financial industry.

Studying Investment Science at PolyU is definitely a stepping-stone to success!


Yittie Tse



The Investment Science programme gave me a strong practical foundation for my career development. In addition to classroom-based teaching, the visits to mainland financial institutions gave me an “on-site” understanding of the Chinese market. The programme also helped me to develop my analytical and problem-solving skills, both of which will benefit me throughout my life.


Elvis Wong



The Investment Science programme has strengthened my skills in quantitative analysis. It has also given me knowledge of many financial products, which is very practical and relevant to my work.


Edward Yeung



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Interview Arrangement


Date: Between November 2019 and March 2020
Mode:Individual interview/Skype interview
Aims:

To evaluate applicants' potential for and interest in the programme, and to test their communication skills and general knowledge in investment/finance analytics.

Medium:English
Duration:

About 20-30 minutes.

Remark:

Only selected applicants will be invited to interviews. No make-up interviews or earlier interviews will be arranged for applicants who fail to attend the scheduled interviews.