Singapore University of Social Sciences

Impact Investing and Green Finance

Impact Investing and Green Finance (FIN354)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 01 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Finance

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


FIN354 Impact Investing and Green Finance introduces the process of portfolio management with an emphasis on impact investing and green finance. Increasingly, asset managers are focusing on impact investing, which refers to creating environmental, social, and governance impact through their investment decisions. In FIN354 Impact Investing and Green Finance, students will learn how to craft an investment policy statement for the socially responsible client. They will also learn how socially responsible investing can be integrated into the portfolio construction process, including investments in instruments such as green and social impact bonds. Finally, methods to measure and manage risk, especially of stranded assets, and to evaluate the performance of an impact portfolio will be discussed.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Investment policy statement for socially responsible investing
  • Portfolio management foundations
  • Asset class specification and selection
  • Green bonds and greenwashing
  • Social impact bonds
  • ESG rating systems
  • Portfolio optimisation techniques
  • Methods to incorporate ESG investing strategies
  • Stakeholder management
  • Economic analysis and the circular economy
  • Measuring the managing portfolio risk and rebalancing
  • Stress testing and stranded assets

Learning Outcome

  • Prepare a socially responsible investment policy statement
  • Compute portfolio risk and return estimates
  • Compare different sustainable investing strategies as part of portfolio optimisation
  • Distinguish between different types of ESG investments
  • Appraise, measure and manage portfolio risk
  • Analyse and evaluate an impact portfolio’s performance
  • Propose suitable portfolio for an investor, integrating sustainability factors
  • Construct an optimised portfolio using spreadsheet software
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