Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Financial Services

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 02402-SYF

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

63 - 69 (plus 3 training credits)

Programme Intake
6 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Jacqueline Wang


Assistant Programme Leader

Dr Derek Yim


  • 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

Programme Aims

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)

Subject Title Credits
Service Learning 3
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
AF2108 Financial Accounting*
AF2110 Management Accounting 1
AF2504 Introduction to Business Law
AF3313 Business Finance
AF4513 Corporate Social Responsibility
CBS3221P Chinese Language Communication for Business
ELC3221 Workplace English for Business Students I
ELC3222 Workplace English for Business Students II
MM4311 Strategic Management

*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
AF3316 Investments
AF3317 Risk Management
AF3318 Principles of Insurance
AF4317 Derivative Securities
AF4322 Management of Financial Institutions
AF4324 Financial Planning
AF4912 Capstone Project


Specialist Elective Subjects (choose any 3 subjects/9 credits)

Subject Code Subject Title
AF3322 Credit Analysis & Management
AF4320 Corporate Finance
AF4323 International Finance
AF4325 Wealth Management
AF4331 Business Valuation

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

Professional Recognition

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).



Career Prospects

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • 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.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 7038/2766 7039; email:

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate



  • Final Year students of Associate Degree have to submit their examination result notifications and/or transcript up to Semester 1 of Year 2 when they apply for the programme.
  • They have to submit the full transcript showing they are eligible to graduate and all subjects they have taken, including Semester 2 of Year 2 when the examination result of Semester 2 is finalised between June to August 2020.

Interview Arrangement

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