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 & Credit Requirement

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 scores (plus 2 training credits)

Programme Intake
19
Fund Type
Government-Funded
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
  • 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 recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, the Department will grant entry scholarship to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the programmes via JUPAS. The award criteria of the scholarship are listed in the information sheet, which is subject to change and will be announced on this website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

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’ skills in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication, enabling 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, which strengthen students’ data interpretation and analytical skills and support them in developing careers in the evolving investment and finance sectors.

Recognition & Prospects

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, and financial product development and pricing.

 

In addition to finance-related fields, our programme 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 region.

 

Professional Recognition

On the completion of 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)

Curriculum

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 the following website: www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/ug/63426.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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

    Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

    Any Best 5 Subjects

    (Click here for an explanation)

    Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

    2020-21: 21.8 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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    Enquiries

    Enquiries

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

    Student Message

    Student Message


    During my undergraduate studies, 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 for this opportunity. It was a valuable and practical experience for me. My work in the research group was highly relevant to my undergraduate studies. The programming skills and mathematical knowledge that I gained at PolyU helped me to construct functions and transform them into a programming model. Through this internship, I gained practical knowledge and skills that were extremely important to my studies and future career development. Even more importantly, an unexpected result of my work was the opportunity to publish a scientific paper! This internship experience enhanced my interest in scientific research and totally changed my perception of research work. It also inspired me to pursue further studies 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



    Integrated with both mathematical and financial knowledge, the Investment Science programme helped me to develop not only theoretical knowledge and quantitative skillset, but also practical and interpersonal skills. As a science student, I learnt far beyond solving equations. From participating in group projects and presentations, I was inspired to come up with creative mathematics/ finance related ideas that were really interesting and exciting to me. Besides, we were encouraged to explore different statistical tools and software such as SAS, SPSS, R and Minitab. All these software are very useful in my daily work of validating prices of different bonds and equities. Moreover, I have been trained on statistical inference through analyzing big data. This programme has equipped me to pursue career in the banking industry.


    Jenna Ho



    PolyU has provided a good platform for me to enrich myself and develop my potential. Through studying Investment Science programme 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 had plenty of opportunities to join academic contests such as the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, which further enhanced my research ability and broadened my horizon. My service learning in summer 2015 concerning ecotourism in rural and developing regions made me realize the significance of serving the community by using the knowledge I gained. One year later, I participated in an internship programme organized by PolyU in Shanghai, which gave me initial exposure to financial technology. In summer 2017, I successfully finished a technical exchange programme in Germany, which I gained 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



    Being passionate in business and mathematics, studying Investment Science programme is ever an inevitable choice. It helps me building a good foundation on Mathematics, Statistics and Finance. In order to prepare students on apprehending 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 in AMA, I received trainings from Census and Statistics Department and Kwong Wah Hospital, as a research assistant. Such experience enhances my knowledge on interpreting data, doing concise analysis and giving constructive suggestions to senior. Thanks to professors’ and instructors’ generous assistance on my worries over academic studies and future career path, I become more enthusiastic with statistics. Afterwards, I have completed my Master degree in Statistics and Finance in UK. I am truly honored and grateful to receive distinction award. I am now working in Investment Department in Chinese Estates Holdings Limited. I am mainly responsible for integrating and analyzing different sorts of financial data; recording CEO's & company's security and bond trading and reporting to the Board of Directors. AMA has brought valuable career-enhancing knowledge and practical skills to me, ensuring a better adaption to such fast-paced and stressful job environment in financial 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 deepen my understanding of the Chinese market in the 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 3rd year of my undergraduate study, I have participated in a student exchange programme and spent a semester studying at Yonsei University in South Korea. During this period, I have made friends with different cultural background.  I have been given 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 provided me a special study experience and widen my vision to the world.  I would highly recommend this programme.


    Annie Yau



    The investment science programme strengthens my ability in quantitative analysis. It also broaden my knowledge on many financial products, which is very practical and relevant to my work.


    Edward Yeung



    I am a graduate of BSc(Hons) in Investment Science programme. I am thankful for meeting the inspirational lecturers and supportive tutors in my study. Through discussion of relevant topics like regression modelling and probabilistic modelling, I had a deeper understanding on how to apply these concepts and theories in the daily life. In order to understand the recent development of different economic and financial systems, I took my internship at ICBC in Shanghai in my second year of study. The internship further widened my horizon as an investment science student. To sum up, the statistical knowledge I learnt from this programme was far more than I expected. It provided me with a solid knowledge to pursue my career in the statistics profession.


    Florence Ng



    Studying BSc(Hons) in Investment Science in PolyU is 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-year studies, this programme provided me with opportunities to take the internship at Census and Statistics Department as well as to join various kinds of events and activities like the Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony and overseas trip. All of these were my unforgettable moments in my university life!


    Nomis Ho



    Back in the time when I planned my programme choices, I first prioritized the areas of interests for my undergraduate study. Since I am always interested in Statistics and Mathematics, I wanted to study in related disciplines for my degree. Besides, I would like to apply knowledge and skills acquired at the university to my future career. With these criteria in my mind, I found that BSc(Hons) in Investment Science offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics of PolyU is a perfect choice. In the early stage of study, I mainly studied the basic theories of Mathematics, Statistics and Finance. Later on, I learnt the real world application of that knowledge in Investment and Finance industries. Being equipped with knowledge and received various training in this course, I obtained many internship opportunities in finance, statistics and market research industries during my study. Through internships, I met people from different industries, which helped broaden my horizon. My analytical, organizational and communication skills are cultivated as well. This programme has well prepared me to develop a prospective and wonderful future.


    Jocelin Chan



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    Interview Arrangement

    Interview Arrangement


    Date: June/July
    Mode:Group interview
    Aims:

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

    Medium:English
    Duration:

    About 30-45 minutes

    Remark:

    Suitable candidates may be invited for interview.