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 2021 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

Dr Raymond Sze
BSc, MPhil, PhD

Deputy Programme Leaders

Dr He Daihai
PhD

Dr Wong Kin Yau, Alex
BSc, MPhil, PhD

Assistant Programme Leader

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 develops students’ abilities in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication skills, which enables them to develop an outlook and a methodology that are valuable in pursuing careers in business- and finance-related fields.

 

Characteristics

This programme focuses on the study of modern data analytics needed in the finance industry. Its curriculum covers areas such as big data analytics, business intelligence and customer relationship management, machine learning, algorithmic trading and artificial intelligence. This strengthens students’ data interpretation and analytical skills and supports them in developing careers in the evolving investment and finance industries.

Curriculum

Year One: Students study the General University Requirement (GUR) subjects, common science subjects and foundation mathematics and statistics.

Year Two: Students study Compulsory Subjects in mathematics, statistics and finance.

Years Three and Four: Students study advanced subjects in investment science, finance analytics and computer science, including Elective Subjects.

In the 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 developed through different stages of 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 analysis, critical thinking and communication, which enable them to pursue careers in business- and finance-related fields such as data analytics, risk management or 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)
  • 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 with good results in public examinations/post-secondary qualifications 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


During my undergraduate study, I had the life-changing opportunity to undertake a 3-month research internship at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. This kind of research internship is uncommon in Hong Kong, so I’m especially thankful to have had this opportunity. It was a valuable and practical experience for me. My work in the research group was highly relevant to my undergraduate study. The programming and mathematical knowledge that I have gained at PolyU has greatly helped me to construct functions and transform them into programming models. Through my internship in Germany, I gained practical knowledge and skills that are extremely important to my study and future career development. Most importantly, an unexpected finding of my work gave me the chance to publish a scientific paper! My internship experience enhanced my interest in scientific research and totally changed my perception of research work. It also inspired me to pursue further study in Germany. If you like mathematics and want to develop your career in this field, PolyU’s Investment Science programme is tailor-made for you!          


Steven Tang



Integrating mathematics- and finance-related knowledge, the Investment Science programme helped me to develop not only theoretical knowledge and a quantitative skillset, but also practical and interpersonal skills. As a science student, I learned far more than simply how to solve equations. Through participating in group projects and presentations, I was inspired to come up with creative mathematics-/finance-related ideas that were really interesting and exciting. Besides, we were encouraged to explore different statistical tools and software packages, such as SAS, SPSS, R and Minitab. Today, all of these tools and technologies are very useful in my daily work of validating prices of different bonds and equities. At PolyU, I was also trained in statistical inference from the analysis of big data. This programme equipped me to pursue a career in the banking industry.


Jenna Ho



PolyU has provided a good platform for me to enrich myself and develop my potential. By studying Investment Science and joining extra-curricular workshops, I have not only obtained comprehensive knowledge of statistics, mathematics and finance, but also strengthened my technical skills, such as programming. In addition, I have had plenty of opportunities to join academic contests such as the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, which have further enhanced my research ability and broadened my horizons. My service-learning in summer 2015 concerning ecotourism in rural and developing regions showed me the importance of serving the community using the knowledge I had gained. One year later, I participated in an internship programme organised by PolyU in Shanghai, which gave me initial exposure to financial technology. In summer 2017, I successfully completed a technical exchange programme in Germany, which gave me valuable project experience regarding data mining and machine learning. Thanks to PolyU and the Department of Applied Mathematics, I have explored many possibilities, which will benefit my future career development.


Li Yanke, Coulson



With my passion for business and mathematics, studying Investment Science was an inevitable choice for me. This programme helped me build a good foundation in mathematics, statistics and finance. To prepare students for the world of work, the Department holds workshops on different kinds of statistical software, such as SAS and SPSS. It also offers students many great internship opportunities. During my studies at AMA, I received training in the Census and Statistics Department and at Kwong Wah Hospital as a research assistant. This experience enhanced my skills in interpreting data, performing concise analysis and giving constructive suggestions to my seniors. Thanks to professors’ and instructors’ generous assistance and support to alleviate my worries over academic studies and future career path, I become more enthusiastic about statistics. Afterwards, I completed a Master's degree in Statistics and Finance in the UK. I am truly honored and grateful to have received a distinction. I am now working in the investment department of Chinese Estates Holdings Limited. I am mainly responsible for integrating and analysing different kinds of financial data; recording CEOs' and companies' security and bond trading and reporting to the Board of Directors. AMA gave me valuable, career-enhancing knowledge and practical skills, ensuring my smooth adaption to the fast-paced and stressful job environment of the financial industry. Enrolling in the Investment Science programme is definitely a stepping-stone to success!


Yittie Tse



The Investment Science programme provided me with a strong practical foundation for my career development. In addition to the classroom-based teaching, the visits to mainland financial institutions deepened my understanding of the Chinese market in real life. 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 Department of Applied Mathematics has given me a special university experience. In the third year of my undergraduate studies, I participated in a student exchange programme and spent a semester studying at Yonsei University in South Korea. During this period, I made friends with different cultural backgrounds. Overall, I have had many opportunities to exchange ideas and broaden my perspective on various global issues with international students. This experience has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone. The Investment Science programme has given me a unique study experience and widened my vision of the world. I would highly recommend this programme.


Annie Yau



Studying BSc(Hons) in Investment Science at PolyU was a great choice for me. This programme not only equipped me with mathematical, financial and statistical skills, but also enhanced my logical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. During my 3 years of study, this programme gave me opportunities to undertake an internship in the Census and Statistics Department, attend various events and participate in many activities, such as the Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony and an overseas trip. These were all unforgettable parts of my university life!


Nomis Ho



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


Edward Yeung



I am a graduate of the BSc(Hons) in Investment Science programme. I am thankful for having met inspirational lecturers and supportive tutors during my studies. Through discussion of relevant topics, such as regression modelling and probabilistic modelling, I gained a deeper understanding of how to apply these concepts and theories in my daily life. To understand recent developments in different economic and financial systems, I took up an internship at ICBC in Shanghai in my second year of study. The internship further widened my horizons as an investment science student. In sum, I gained far more statistical knowledge from this programme than I had expected. It gave me the solid knowledge foundation I needed to pursue my career in the statistics profession.


Florence Ng



Back when I planned my programme choices, I first prioritised areas of interest for my undergraduate study. I had long been interested in statistics and mathematics, and wanted to study related disciplines for my degree. I also wanted to apply knowledge and skills acquired at the university to my future career. With these criteria in mind, I knew that the BSc(Hons) in Investment Science offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics of PolyU would be the perfect choice. At first, I mainly studied the basic theories of mathematics, statistics and finance. Later, I learned how to apply my knowledge in the real world in the investment and finance industries. Being well equipped with knowledge and having received various training during my course, I obtained many internship opportunities in the finance, statistics and market research industries during my studies. Through my internships, I met people from different industries, which helped broaden my horizons. They also cultivated my analytical, organisational and communication skills. This programme has well prepared me for a wonderful future.
 


Jocelin Chan



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Interview Arrangement


Date: Between November 2020 and March 2021
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 of 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.