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BSc Finance

Helps students develop the capability to think 'out of the box' and adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing globalised marketplace.

BSc Finance


Overview

Singapore is a pre-eminent global financial center. The rapidly expanding financial sector continues on a growth trajectory, currently accounting for over 12% of GDP. With growth in Asia, prospects for growth and employment in a wide range of financial services, including commercial and investment banking, wealth management, risk management, financial broking and financial advisory services, continue to be promising.

The Bachelor of Science in Finance programme is targeted at professionals in the financial sector seeking to upgrade their skills and enhance career prospects, as well as professionals in other fields considering careers in finance. The programme is structured to help students develop the capability to think 'out of the box' and adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing globalised marketplace.

Courses in the programme are taught in small class sizes using a seminar style approach to instill confidence in students during group discussions and to develop effective analytical and communication skills.

The programme is taught by faculty with globally recognised qualifications and extensive experience in academia and industry.

As students are also working professionals, courses are designed with an emphasis on case studies and scenario-based analysis that are closely tied to the work place. This enables students to deploy learning to their work domain. Class lectures and tutorials draw extensively upon market and regulatory developments in Singapore's financial sector, as well as other economies in Asia and the West.

Students in the programme who take a specified cohort of finance electives will be waived from these course requirements for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) program, and are required only to take a challenge test for full certification.

In addition, graduates of the BSc Finance Programme who have completed the above mentioned courses will also be exempted from four modules under the Chartered Financial Consultant/Singapore (ChFC®/S)Programme.

The BSc Finance Programme at SUSS has a strong linkage with the finance industry and aims to keep up to date with the industry developments. Originally developed in line with the CFA Programme, the curriculum has been revised and revamped regularly to reflect the changes in the industry.

To encourage students to learn more about industry functions and standard of practices, and to raise one’s professional competence, the following two professional certification courses offered by CFA Institute and CAIA Association respectively are recognised as credit units towards graduation:

a) Investment Foundations (by CFA Institute ) [2.5 credit unit]
b) Fundamentals of Alternative Investments (by CAIA ) [2.5 credit unit]

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

Interviews will be conducted for all shortlisted applicants to assess their suitability in terms of their motivation and ability to complete the programme.

Financial Assistance

There are also various types of financial aid available to students who need financial assistance. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

BSc Finance
Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units (cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 80 cu of finance compulsory courses
  • 30 cu of finance elective courses
  • 10 cu of general elective courses
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses

BSc (Honours) Finance
Students who achieve a CGPA of 3.5 and above upon completion of their basic degree will be invited to enroll in this Honours programme.

Students who accept the invitation will need to complete another 40 cu of courses to achieve 170 cu in total and have to satisfy all university requirements in order to graduate with honours.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 80 cu of finance compulsory courses
  • 30 cu of finance elective courses
  • 10 cu of general elective courses
  • 25 cu of honours compulsory courses
  • 15 cu of honours elective courses
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses

The Bachelor of Science in Finance programme is targeted at working adults in the financial sector seeking to advance their careers, as well as other professionals who are seeking to make a career switch into finance. It is also relevant for other working professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge base to encompass financial challenges to the firm.

The program equips graduates with skills to take on a wide range of roles in financial and non-financial institutions as well as in regulatory and government institutions. The roles include treasury functions, commercial banking, investment banking, risk management, brokerage services, insurance services, personal financial planning and financial analysis, and corporate finance. Students taking a specified set of electives receive waivers for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification. The programme syllabi also cover Parts 1 and 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination syllabi.

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