Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Financial Services
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: 02402-SYF
Duration and Credit Requirement
63 - 69 (plus 3 training credits)
Dr Huiwen Lai
Assistant Programme Leader
Dr Derek Yim
PhD, MBA, CFA
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- The programme is offered within the BBA(Hons) Scheme.
- The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
- All BBA(Hons) students must complete a short work placement during their studies, either in the summer or during semester time. The School provides assistance in finding suitable placements.
Aims and Characteristics
The financial services industry is a major pillar of modern business. It deals with the efficient flow of funds between various business units.
This programme provides a well-rounded business education and an opportunity to specialise in financial services. Students develop strong analytical skills and critical thinking, which are gained through rigorous training in finance and the associated disciplines.
This programme prepares students for management careers in financial services. Emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and analytical skills, which enable a better understanding of, and allow graduates to deal with the increasingly complex business issues that they face.
The programme offers a wide range of subject choices in the field of finance and financial services. For example, students are offered the opportunity to study subjects that focus on investments, banking, derivatives, insurance, corporate finance and financial planning.
All students within the Faculty of Business are encouraged to participate in the Whole Person Development Programme (WPDP), which includes a range of extracurricular activities, such as leadership training camps, peer tutoring, mentorship, and overseas and the Chinese mainland exchanges.
Each student can be assigned a mentor, an experienced executive or manager from the business world and who provides advice and support, and helps students to plan their careers and prepare for their first jobs after graduation.
Subject to availability, the BBA students can spend a semester for studying at another university overseas or in the Chinese mainland, and have the credits counted towards their PolyU degree.
With PolyU's credit-based system, students are able to complement their studies by taking subjects in such areas as finance, logistics or management information systems, to name just a few. Their degrees thus enable them to take advantage of a much broader range of career opportunities.
The School has also developed opportunities for students to work in firms during either the spring semester or in the summer in Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland to fulfil 100 hours (3 training credit) of Work-Integrated Education (WIE) requirement. These, and other forms of work experience, can count towards the WIE requirement.
Students are admitted to the senior year of the 4-year degree programme and they must complete all of the following subjects to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation. Students are expected to complete the programme within 2 years.
General Specific Requirement (GUR) (9 credits)
|Cluster Area Subject (C) #||3|
|Cluster Area Subject (D) #||3|
# Students need to fulfil the Chinese read-write and English read-write requirements.
Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) (60 credits)
Compulsory Core Subjects for all BBA awards (27 credits)
|Subject Code||Subject Title|
|AF2110||Management Accounting 1|
|AF2504||Introduction to Business Law|
|AF4513||Corporate Social Responsibility|
|CBS3221P||Chinese Language Communication for Business|
|ELC3221||Workplace English for Business Students I|
|ELC3222||Workplace English for Business Students II|
*These subjects may be approved for credit transfers.
Specialist Subjects in each BBA programme (33 credits)
BBA students must take 33 credits of subject in their respective business disciplines, including a Capstone Project (6 credits).
Specialist Compulsory Subjects (7 subjects/24 credits)
|Subject Code||Subject Title|
|AF3318||Principles of Insurance|
|AF4322||Management of Financial Institutions|
Specialist Elective Subjects (choose any 3 subjects/9 credits)
|Subject Code||Subject Title|
|AF3322||Credit Analysis & Management|
More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.
Work-Integrated Education (3 training credits)
To graduate, every student must complete 100 hours (3 training credits) of WIE. The School has also developed opportunities for students to work in firms either during the spring semester or in the summer in Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland to fulfil. These, and other forms of work experience, can count towards the WIE requirement.
Recognition and Prospects
Subject to accreditation assessment, graduates who have passed certain subjects may gain partial exemption from the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) programme of the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK) and the professional examination of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Graduates with a BBA(Hons) in Financial Services are well qualified to advance their careers in banking, investment, insurance, stockbroking, treasury, finance, general commerce and industry.
- An appropriate Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a relevant Business discipline.
- In addition to academic results, preference will be given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in English in the interview and written test.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate