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]