Programme Information

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The Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Financial Analysis Programme aims to provide a four-year university education to equip students with core financial analytical skills to become an effective investment professional. The Programme is built on the foundation of the ‘Financial Analyst’ role, and closely follows the core competency of the recognised professional standard known as the Chartered Financial Analyst Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™.

Financial analysis is the process of evaluating businesses, projects, budgets and other finance-related entities to determine their suitability for investment. It generally relates to a broad area of appraisal in finance on any economic systems. The BBA in Financial Analysis Programme is predominately investment focused. This will enable them to seek employment in the financial services industry, take professional qualification examinations and have the option to pursue further higher level degrees.

The beauty of this programme is that the BBA aspect is more of a generalist designation while students also have specialisation in the financial analysis topics as in the Chartered Financial Analyst curriculum. The programme is not only suitable for those who have a keen interest in the finance and investment industry and want to develop a career being an analyst, but also suitable for students who want to use the skills developed from the programme for general business management.

Programme Objectives

Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to:

  • have practical knowledge and authentic skills necessary in the global investment profession;
  • attain financial analytical ability to evaluate alternatives rationally for the purpose of making informed decision
  • appreciate the interface between financial analysis and other areas in economics, management, investments, financial markets, international finance, financial services and corporate strategy;
  • possess a body of specialised knowledge and skill-set that enable them to seek challenging careers in the era of economic liberalisation and globalisation.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • address professional and personal challenges through the application of inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary knowledge acquired;
  • possess effective communication ability in a business environment and work as a team player to integrate effectively the skills and knowledge developed, and be able to manage independent lifelong learning;
  • evaluate own contributions, responsibilities in becoming responsible employees, business leaders and business partners;
  • possess broad horizons and be inquisitive about various global issues and developments such as politics, cultures, social sciences and technologies;
  • possess a body of specialised knowledge and skill-set that enable them to seek challenging careers in the era of economic liberalisation and globalisation;
  • possess the ability to develop a framework for financial analysis and evaluate alternatives for the purpose of making informed decisions;
  • develop insights into practical applications of financial analysis in a dynamic business environment.

Qualifications Framework (QF) Recognition

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Financial Analysis is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF).
QF Level: 5 | QR Registration No.: 18/000842/L5 | Registration Validity Period: 08/11/2018 to 31/08/2021

Area of Study (QR)

Primary Area of Study and Training: A03 Business and Management
Sub-area (Primary Area of Study and Training): A0301 Accounting, Finance and Investment

Admission and Graduation Requirements 

Admission Requirements

The application period for admission to the BBA-FA Programme follows those of other programmes offered by HSUHK, which is normally from November of the preceding year of study to August of the year of study.

The minimum requirements for entry to Year 1 of the Degree Programmes are as follows:

  • Form 6 graduates with Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one other subject in HKDSE; OR
  • Applicants with equivalent qualifications; OR
  • Mature students (aged 23 or above by September of the year of admission) with a minimum of 2 years’ working experience in their chosen field of study, or the ability to pursue their chosen field of study.

For students who possess qualifications other than the above, your applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Requirements

In the four-year Programme, students will be required to study at least 40 modules of 120 credits for graduation. The Programme consists of three major areas of study: General Education, Business Education, and Financial Analysis.

General Education

These modules are intended to strengthen students’ general skills, increase their knowledge in local and global affairs, and broaden their horizons. The modules provide a broad knowledge base across the academic disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and science, with the objective of helping students to acquire an intellectual and integrative ability from an inter-disciplinary perspective in regard to the issues and challenges in the 21st century.

Students are required to take 7 modules from the General Education domain, including:

  • 1 foundation module
  • 1 core module chosen from each of the General Education clusters:
    • Cluster 1 – Humanities
    • Cluster 2 – Social Sciences
    • Cluster 3 – Science, Medicine and Technology
    • Cluster 4 – Moral Reasoning
  • 2 electives, in which “Capstone Project on General Education” can be chosen as one of the electives.

Business Education

These modules provide students with a broad foundation in business education and help them to develop business acumen. Modules from General Education and Business Education complement the fundamentals of financial analysis and investment decision making.

Financial Analysis

These modules provide students with the specific skills and knowledge required for financial analysis. Modules in this area are intended to track four major aspects: Ethical and Professional Standards, Investment Tools, Asset Classes, and Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning. The overall emphasis is on basic skills and knowledge, with some higher order learning skills such as analysis and synthesis.

The requirement of module combination of different intake years is as follows:

(For 2017/2018 Intake)

Study Area Number of Modules to be Taken
Core Elective
General Education 9 6
Business Education 10 /
Financial Analysis 10 2
Others (Free Elective) / 3
Total 40

(For 2016/2017 Intake)

Study Area Number of Modules to be Taken
Core Elective
General Education 10 6
Business Education 10 /
Financial Analysis 11 1
Others (Free Elective) / 2
Total 40

(For 2014/2015; 2015/2016 Intake)

Study Area Number of Modules to be Taken
Core Elective
General Education 10 6
Business Education 10 /
Financial Analysis 11 1
Others (Free Elective) / 2
Total 40

In order to be eligible to obtain a BBA-FA degree, students must have fulfilled both academic and non-academic graduation requirements.

Academic Graduation Requirements

  • completed and obtained a grade of D or better in at least 40 modules (120 credits), including all core modules;
  • obtained an overall GPA of 2.0 or above for all modules;
  • passed the Information Technology Proficiency Test;
  • fulfilled language competency exit requirement (See below).
English Putonghua
Requirement All degree students are required to attempt the IELTS examination and achieve a score of 6.0 or above before their final year of study.

If a student fails to satisfy the above requirement, he/she is required to take and pass an English enhancement module offered by the Department of English in their final year of study.

All degree students are required to attempt the Putonghua Proficiency Test (普通話水平測試) and to attain the level of三級乙等or above before their final year of study.

If a student fails to satisfy the above requirement, he/she is required to take a Putonghua enhancement module offered by the Department of Chinese in their final year of study.

Non-Academic Graduation Requirements

  • fulfilled the requirement of Extra-curricular (10 hours)  & Physical Activities (10 hours) and Community Services (20 hours) ; OR
  • fulfilled the requirement of iGPS unit & College Assembly

To echo with the University’s “Desired Graduate Attributes – iGPS”, a new framework of iGPS Unit and College Assembly – HSUHK Liberal Agora is set to enhance the atmosphere of holistic learning and student development.

What is iGPS Unit?

iGPS unit is equivalent to voluntary participation in a non-credit bearing co-curricular activity or event, which is not a course requirement, in relation to the development of iGPS.

Duration of Participation

Equivalent to iGPS Unit

1 – 3 hour(s)

1 iGPS Unit

> 3 – 6 hours

1.5 iGPS Units

> 6 hours

2 iGPS Units

To be achieved before graduation*                              

Year 1 Entry Student                              Year 2 Entry Student

No. of iGPS unit

   12                                                                9

No. of College Assembly     

  5                                                                 2

*Not more than nine iGPS units would be counted as the fulfilment of iGPS Unit requirement in a particular academic year.

*Two College Assembly – HSUHK Liberal Agora of which should be attended during the second to fourth years of study.

Programme Pamphlet

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Enquiries
Email: fa@hsu.edu.hk

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