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 development 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, as well as in the field of financial technologies, are promising.
The Bachelor of Science in Finance programme is targeted at professionals in the financial sector seeking to upgrade their skills and to enhance their 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 instil 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 analyses that are closely tied to the workplace. 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.
The BSc Finance Programme at SUSS has a strong linkage with the finance industry and strives to keep up-to-date with industry developments. Originally developed in line with the CFA Programme, the curriculum has been revised and revamped regularly to reflect changes in the industry. The current curriculum emphasizes grounding in computational thinking and technological skills as foundational to practical applications in the context of finance. Courses are balanced between conventional finance and FinTech to provide students with a holistic perspective of financial processes operating in a digital economy.
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 the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association respectively, are recognised as credit-bearing with credit units (cu) counted towards graduation:
a) Investment Foundations (by CFA Institute) [2.5 cu]
b) Fundamentals of Alternative Investments (by CAIA) [2.5 cu]