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Programme Aims and Features
The BSc(QFin) programme is an enhanced version of a regular finance programme. Besides offering the same solid foundation in areas such as corporate finance and investment as a regular finance programme, BSc(QFin) also equips students with the quantitative skills needed to tackle finance problems and introduces them to advanced areas such as financial modelling, risk management, financial engineering and financial-market regulations.
During the first two years, students complete introductory courses in accounting, economics, finance, mathematics, programming and statistics. In subsequent years, students take more specialised finance courses, in which they apply their quantitative skills and financial knowledge.
Despite its name, the programme does not focus solely on quantitative skills. Instead, its curriculum is designed to train rounded individuals who know how to apply quantitative skills to real-world problems in finance, and also possess professional knowledge about financial markets. To nurture students’ soft skills and market acumen, the programme also offers a range of value-enhancing activities in collaboration with professional financial practitioners, such as Round Tables with Practitioners, the Executive Mentoring Scheme, Bloomberg workshops and field trips to international financial centres such as New York, London and Zurich.
Students can also opt for a minor or a second major if they are able to meet the course requirements.
The BSc(QFin) programme is fully accredited by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA). Graduates of the programme who have obtained a GPA of 3.0 or above in the designated courses are granted exemption from Paper I and Paper II of the Professional Risk Manager (PRMTM) Designation Programme, which leads to the professional PRM qualification. The programme is also a designated Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) University Affiliation Programme recognized by CFA Institute. It embeds a significant portion of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge into the curriculum and provides students with a solid grounding in practical, relevant, and thought-provoking investment education. CFA Scholarship is available to final year BSc(QFin) students to take the CFA Level I Examination.
The BSc(QFin) programme offers advanced training, enabling students to apply quantitative skills in various areas of the practice of finance, such as risk management, asset pricing and portfolio management.
With better quantitative skills, BSc(QFin) graduates have more career choices in both quantity and flexibility. While their training certainly helps them in jobs that require only modest quantitative skills, BSc (QFin) graduates have a unique competitive edge in jobs that demand a high level of quantitative and numerical competence, including financial analyst, financial engineer, risk manager, hedge-fund analyst, specialised product analyst (such as fixed-income and derivative products), and portfolio manager.
Their quantitative background also improves their prospects when applying for graduate programmes in finance and economics.
Organisations that have offered full-time positions to BSc(QFin) graduates include:
Bank of China Hong Kong
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
DBS Bank Limited
Haitong International Securities Group
Hang Seng Bank
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation