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

Credit Required for Graduation

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

Programme Intake
19
Fund Type
Government-Funded
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
  • For more programme information, please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/ug/63426.
  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • To give recognition to outstanding HKDSE students, the Department sets up a one-off entry scholarship for outstanding JUPAS applicants. Please stay tuned for details.

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 will enable them to develop an outlook and a methodology that are valuable in pursuing a variety of careers 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 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, which strengthen students’ data interpretation and analytical skills and support them to develop careers in the evolving investment and finance industries.

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

The programme is designed to develop students’ ability in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication skills that enable our graduates 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 the finance-related fields, our programme also supports graduates pursuing careers in information technology, scientific-research, education, marketing and consultancy. Many of our graduates have found employment in prestigious financial institutions and renowned corporations throughout the Asia Pacific area.

 

Professional Recognition

On the completion of programme, graduates are expected to receive partial exemption from the professional assessment of:

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

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 discipline-specific knowledge, concepts and generic skills developed through different stages of the programme.

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

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

    • English Language
    • Mathematics

    Admission Score Calculation

    Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

    Any Best 5 Subjects

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    Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

    2019-20: 22.3 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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    Enquiries

    For further programme information, please contact:
    The General Office (tel: 2766 6946; email: isfa.info@polyu.edu.hk).

    Student Message


    As I am passionate about business and mathematics, studying in the PolyU Investment Science programme was an inevitable choice. This programme helps students build a good foundation in mathematics, statistics and finance.

     

    To enhance students' understanding of the real working environment, 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, I received training as a research assistant from the Census and Statistics Department and Kwong Wah Hospital. That experience enhanced my ability to interpret data, conduct concise analysis and give constructive suggestions to supervisors.

     

    Thanks to my professors’ and instructors’ generous assistance in helping me eliminate my worries about my studies and future career path, I become more enthusiastic about statistics to the extent that I subsequently completed my Master's degree in Statistics and Finance in UK, for which I 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 sorts of financial data, recording the CEO's and company's securities and bond trading, and reporting to the Board of Directors. This programme allowed me to acquire career-enhancing knowledge and develop practical skills, ensuring my quick adaption to the fast-paced and stressful job environment in the finance industry.

     

    Studying 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 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 strengthened my ability in quantitative analysis. It also provided me with knowledge of many financial products, which is very practical and relevant to my work.


    Edward Yeung



    Additional Documents Required


    Transcript / Certificate

    No information is available at present

    Interview Arrangement


    Date: June / July
    Mode:Group interview
    Aims:

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

    Medium:English
    Duration:

    About 30-45 minutes

    Remark:

    Suitable candidates may be invited for an interview.