Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Investment Science
投資科學(榮譽)理學士學位


Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: 63423-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

At least 70 credits depending on the student's qualification
(plus 2 training credits)

Programme Intake
13 senior year places
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 Xing-qiu
BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Programme Leaders

Dr Wong Kin-yau, Alex
BSc, MPhil, PhD

Mr Leung Man-kin, Adam
BSc, MPhil

Remarks
  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
  • To give recognition to outstanding non-JUPAS admittees, the Department sets up a one-off entrance scholarship for non-JUPAS applicants. Please find the details here.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The aim of this programme is to help students acquire strong mathematical and statistical techniques and a thorough understanding of their applications in investment and finance. We prepare graduates for various careers in the investment and financial service industries.

 

Programme Characteristics

The programme provides students with solid training for statistical and mathematical skills, with a strong emphasis on applications in investment and finance. With a balanced curriculum in quantitative analysis, critical thinking and communication skills, the programme produces graduates who can pursue a variety of careers in the financial sector.

Curriculum

Senior year student must complete all of the following subjects and GUR subjects to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation.
 

Core Subjects (At least 23 subjects with total 70 credits)

Advanced Mathematical Methods for Economics & Finance, Applied Probability Models for Investment, Probability & Distributions for Risk Management, Operations Research Methods, Financial Computations & Programming, Statistical Inference, Forecasting & Applied Time Series Analysis, Decision Analysis, Mathematical Methods for Investment, Mathematics for Financial Derivatives, Econometrics, Simulation, Capstone Project etc.
 

Zero-credit subjects

Admitted students with insufficient background in statistics and/or advanced calculus and/or linear algebra are required to pass the zero-credit subjects: Introduction to Statistics, Applied Statistical Methods, Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra, or their equivalent.
 

Extra credit bearing subjects

Admitted students with insufficient background in relevant disciplines are required to pass extra credit-bearing subjects.
 

Work-Integrated Education (2 training credits)

A minimum of two weeks or 80 hours of work in a banking, financial, investment, insurance or statistics company in Hong Kong or the Chinese Mainland.
 

Professional Examination

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

  • Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI)
  • Hong Kong Statistical Society (HKSS)
  • Royal Statistical Society of UK (RSS)
     

In the second 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.

 

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

Graduates have excellent career prospects. The programme is designed to develop students’ mathematical and statistical skills, and enhance their understanding of the application of those skills in the world of modern investment and finance. Quantitative analysis, critical thinking and communications skills enable our graduates to pursue careers in business and finance related fields.

 

In addition to finance-related field, our graduates also find careers in education, information technology, scientific research, marketing and consultancy.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Mathematics, Statistics, Science, Business or Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, or similar qualifications from other institutions or equivalent.

 

Selection Criteria

Suitable applicants will be invited to interviews, which aim to test the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their communication skills and general knowledge in finance.

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 6946/2766 6947; email: is.info@polyu.edu.hk); or
Prof. Yiu Ka-fai, Cedric (tel: 3400 8981; email: cedric.yiu@polyu.edu.hk); or
Dr Zhao Xing-qiu (tel: 2766 6921; email: xingqiu.zhao@polyu.edu.hk); or
Dr Wong Kin-yau, Alex (tel: 3400 8983; email: kin-yau.wong@polyu.edu.hk); or
Mr Leung Man-kin, Adam (tel: 2766 6953; email: adam.leung@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


The Investment Science programme provided me 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 strengthens my ability in quantitative analysis. It also provides me with knowledge of many financial products, which is very practical and relevant to my work.


Edward Yeung



Being passionate in business and mathematics, studying Investment Science Programme is ever an inevitable choice. This programme helps build a good foundation on Mathematics, Statistics and Finance.

 

In order to equip students to apprehend 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 training 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 seniors.

 

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 analysing 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





Additional Documents Required


Personal Statement

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Transcript / Certificate

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Interview Arrangement


Date: Between November 2018 and February 2019
Mode:Aptitude test and/or individual interview
Aims:

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

Medium:English
Duration:

30 minutes

Remark:

First choice applicants may be invited to a test and/or an interview. No make-up interviews or earlier interviews will be arranged for applicants who fail to attend the scheduled interviews.