Programme Overview

The BASc (FinTech) degree is designed to nurture financial technologists and entrepreneurs with essential knowledge in both finance and technology, so they can take leading roles in innovation and applications of financial technology.

An emerging interdisciplinary area with a very high impact on the economy of every society, this programme combines computing, finance, and policies and regulations to give students a thorough grounding in FinTech.

The programme consists of foundation courses in mathematics, statistics, finance, computing and law, as well as courses in:

  • FinTech (distributed ledger and blockchain technology, big data and data mining, computational finance and algorithmic trading, e-payment and crypto-currency, financial programming and databases, and mathematical finance etc.); and
  • Arts and social sciences (training students to have a broader mindset and allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills adaptively and creatively in this fast-growing discipline). This programme prepares graduates with knowledge in both finance and technology, allowing them to have a broad career pathway as they could take up positions in the FinTech industry, finance and IT industries.

Curriculum Details

UG 5 Requirements

  • Technical English for computer science
  • Practical Chinese for Engineering Students
  • Four University Common Core Courses

BASc Requirements (18 credits)

Discipline Core Courses (54 credits)

  • Computer programming I
  • Object-oriented programming and data structures
  • Introduction to financial technologies
  • Linear algebra, probability and statistics
  • Introductory statistics
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Corporate finance
  • Regulation of financial markets

Discipline Elective Courses (30 credits)

One course from the following list:

  • Introduction to information technology law
  • Alternative Finance
  • Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE)
  • Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Internship

Four courses from the following list:

  • Machine learning / Artificial intelligence and deep learning
  • Modern technologies on World Wide Web
  • Cybersecurity
  • Investments and portfolio analysis
  • Derivatives
  • Mathematical finance
  • Regulatory and operational issues in finance
  • Natural language processing and text analytics in finance
  • Big data and data mining
  • Distributed ledger and blockchain
  • E-payment and crypto-currency
  • Introduction of English linguistics
  • English corpus linguistics
  • Introduction to quantitative methods in psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

Capstone Experience (12 credits)

  • Project

Elective Courses (90 credits)

  • Any courses except Common Core Courses.

Career Prospects

The programme prepares graduates with knowledge in both finance and technology. This would allow them to have a broad career pathway as they could take up positions in the FinTech industry, finance industry, as well as the IT industry. The finance and IT industries have a wide range of jobs for this talent group such as blockchain developer, apps developer, compliance expert, cybersecurity analyst, etc.

Graduates can also continue their studies by pursuing a master or doctoral degree in Hong Kong or overseas. Professionally, it is expected that graduates of the programme will become FinTech professionals, leaders in the FinTech industry, and researchers in the FinTech discipline.

Application and Admission

JUPAS Route (JUPAS Code: JS6248)

Applicants who wish to apply for admission, on the strength of their Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results, should submit their application via the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) admissions scheme. The entrance requirements for admission to HKU Engineering are as follows:

  • A. Level 5 or above in the English Language;
  • B. Level 3 or above in the Chinese Language;
  • C. Level 3 or above in Mathematics;
  • D. Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies;
  • E. Level 3 or above in Extended Module 1 or 2 of Mathematics; and
  • F. Level 3 or above in two Elective Subjects.

Non-JUPAS / International Admissions Route

Applicants with other local/ international/ national qualifications will be considered on an individual merit basis. Examples of some common qualifications are:

  • GCE A-Level
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination
  • STPM/UEC under the Malaysian examination system
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test under the US system
  • Associate Degree/Higher Diploma

Candidates applying for admission on the strengths of other qualifications should submit their applications through HKU’s Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme / International Admissions Scheme. Applicants are required to satisfy the University Entrance Requirements for Non-JUPAS students. Preference will be given to candidates who list a BASc(FinTech) programme as their first choice. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews between December and May.

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Last updated March 19, 2019
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