Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Investment Science and Finance Analytics

General

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Program Description

This programme does not consider second choice applications The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.

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’ abilities in quantitative analysis, data analytics, critical thinking and communication skills, which enables 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. This strengthens students’ data interpretation and analytical skills and supports them in developing careers in the evolving investment and finance industries.

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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.

Professional Recognition

Upon completing 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)

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 or financial product development and pricing.

In addition to finance-related fields, our programme supports graduates' pursuit of careers in information technology, scientific research, education, marketing and consultancy. Many of our graduates have found jobs in prestigious financial institutions and renowned corporations across the Asia Pacific region.

Entrance Requirements

PolyU welcomes applications from qualified candidates from around the world. The following guidelines are for the reference of students who wish to seek admission to PolyU based on non-local qualifications. Qualifications that cannot be found below will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCE A-level / International A-level

GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS, subjects 

(This is only the minimum eligibility criteria. Applicants who gain admission, typically, attain at least BBB in 3 AL subjects.)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects

(This is only the minimum eligibility criteria. Applicants who gain admission, typically, attain a score of 30 or above, including bonus points.)

SAT Reasoning Test/ACT/Advanced Placement Test/SAT Subject Tests

A High School (Graduation) Diploma (non-Chinese curriculum) and any one of the following:

  • a total score of 1190 in the SAT Reasoning Test; or
  • an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 24;

and

  • grade 3 in two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; or
  • a score of 600 in two SAT Subject Tests

[English language requirement is waived for those attaining a score of 590 or above in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing in the SAT]

Applicants with good results in the GCE A-level / International A-level or International Baccalaureate (IB) can be granted up to 25% credit transfer upon admission to the 4-year degree curriculum.

Other Information

Applicants with good results in public examinations/post-secondary qualifications in English Language and Mathematics are preferred.

Testimonies

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 deepened my understanding of the Chinese market in 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 Investment Science programme has strengthened my quantitative analysis skills. It has also broadened my knowledge of many financial products, which are very practical and relevant to my work.

Edward Yeung

The Department of Applied Mathematics has given me a special university experience. In the third year of my undergraduate studies, I participated in a student exchange programme and spent a semester studying at Yonsei University in South Korea. During this period, I made friends with different cultural backgrounds. Overall, I have had 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 given me a unique study experience and widened my vision of the world. I would highly recommend this programme.

Annie Yau

Studying BSc(Hons) in Investment Science at PolyU was 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 years of study, this programme gave me opportunities to undertake an internship in the Census and Statistics Department, attend various events and participate in many activities, such as the Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony and an overseas trip. These were all unforgettable parts of my university life!

Nomis Ho

Last updated Nov 2020

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