Department of Economics and Finance

The Department Economics and Finance was founded in 1977.

Its Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Finance programme was accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications in 2004, and was restructured into a four-year programme in 2009 under the name BA (Honours) in Economics and Finance. The programme aims to cultivate students with a solid understanding of economic theories and an ability to apply this knowledge in various decision-making situations. Aside from fully grasping the nuances of social sciences, graduates will become familiar with the major fields in economics and finance as well as its analytical tools.

Our Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Finance Programme
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Technology Programme

Programme Features

  • The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Finance programme adopts a broad-based approach to Economics and Finance education. The programme emphasizes on real-world issues and problems, and it strives a balance between quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Honours Project and internship:
    Emphasizes on both training in academic research and practical experience in business, economics and finance

Programme Curriculum*

  • Economics:
    Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, The Economy of Hong Kong, International Economics, The Economy of Contemporary China, Urban and Real Estate Economics, Managerial Economics
  • Finance:
    Corporate Finance, Financial Derivatives, Money and Banking, Wealth Management and Planning, Financial Risk Analysis and Management, Microfinance, Property Valuation, Funding and Finance, Regulation and Management of Financial Institutions in Hong Kong, International Finance
  • Quantitative:
    Mathematical Economics, Economic Statistics, Financial Data Analysis, Econometrics, Economic Forecasting

Internship

  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Career Paths

Including finance, insurance, banking, management, procurement, marketing, advertising and civil service.

Professional Recognition

  • Dual Academic and Professional Qualifications with the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB)
    The HKIB may award the “Advanced Diploma for Certified Banker” and “Professional Diploma for Certified Banker” to graduates of our BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance Programme upon the successful completion of two designated electives from our Department.
  • CFA University Affiliation Program
    Our BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance degree Programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to academic institutions whose degree programmes embed at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) providing students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positioning them to sit for the CFA examinations. The students are also eligible for a CFA level I examination scholarship.
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    The E&F program is recognized by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Graduates from our department with one-year relevant working experience are eligible to apply for and become an Associate Member (AssocRICS). Alternatively, they may pursue further study for an accredited degree, receive 1-2 years structured training, sit for RICS assessment and subsequently become a chartered surveyor.
    Qualification Entry to AssocRICS
  • Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI)
    Graduates are eligible to apply for the exemption from modules of the Licensing Examination for Securities and Futures Intermediaries.
  • Chinese Institute of Certified Financial Planners (CICFP)
    Graduates are eligible to apply for the exemption from modules of the CICFP programmes.

Entrance Scholarships and Financial Assistance

  • NMTSS
  • ES 2^
  • ES 3^

*For detailed curriculum, please refer to the departmental website.
NMTSS = Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme
SSSDP = Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

^Entrance Scholarship

  1. iFREE Entrance Scholarship
  2. Longbow Charity Foundation Entrance Scholarship
  3. Entrance Scholarship for Non-Chinese Speaking Students

Programme Features

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Technology covers major areas of
(1) finance
(2) technology
(3) applied data science, and
(4) economics, law and business.

It equips students with the knowledge of big data analytics, computer languages (Python, C#, R, Java, etc.), blockchain, machine learning and AI in FinTech applications.

Programme Curriculum*

  • Technology:
    ・Artificial Intelligence
    ・Digitalization and Interactive Multimedia
    ・e-CRM
    ・Digital Entrepreneurship
    ・Big Data Analysis
    ・Cloud and Cyber Security
    ・Internet of Things
    ・Social Media & Networked Communication
    ・Blockchain for Business
    ・Fundamentals of Fintech Computing
    ・Web Page Development
    ・Introduction to Fintech
  • Finance:
    ・Financial Risk Analysis and Management
    ・Financial Economics
    ・Property Valuation, Funding and Finance
    ・Insurance
    ・Financial Institutions in Hong Kong and Global Banking
    ・International Finance
    ・Introduction to Financial Derivatives
    ・Wealth Management and Planning
    ・Foundations of Finance
    ・Money and Banking
    ・Introduction to Corporate Finance
    ・Financial Accounting
  • Applied Data Science:
    ・Financial Data Analysis
    ・Digital Analytics for Marketing
    ・Research Methodology
    ・Economic Forecasting
    ・Economic Modelling
    ・Introductory Econometrics
    ・Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance
  • Economics, Law and Business:
    ・Economics and Ethics
    ・Regulation and Management of Financial Institutions in Hong Kong
    ・Regtech and FinTech Regulation
    ・Creativity, Innovation and Change
    ・Management Information Systems
    ・Game Theory in Business Decision
    ・eBusiness Management
    ・Urban and Real Estate Economics
    ・Finance Law
    ・Risk and Compliance
    ・Legal Environment of Business
    ・Cost and Management Accounting
    ・The Economy of Hong Kong
    ・Introduction to Business

Internship

  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Career Paths

Graduates of the programme may pursue their careers in FinTech per se or in forms that employ FinTech solutions. Some may opt to work for information technology and big data companies, in regulatory compliance roles, or to launch their own start-up companies. The programme will also provide a solid foundation for further postgraduate study in the field.

Professional Recognition

  • SSSDP
  • ES 2^
  • ES 3^

*For detailed curriculum, please refer to the departmental website.
NMTSS = Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme
SSSDP = Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

^Entrance Scholarship

  1. iFREE Entrance Scholarship
  2. Longbow Charity Foundation Entrance Scholarship
  3. Entrance Scholarship for Non-Chinese Speaking Students

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