Master of Science in International Banking and Finance

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Message from President


This year marks the 127th anniversary of Lingnan University. Since its founding in Guangzhou in 1888, Lingnan has nurtured generation after generation of talented graduates.


As the liberal arts university in Hong Kong, Lingnan aims to cultivate in our students attributes such as a broad horizon, critical and creative thinking, sound moral judgment, a sense of responsibility and care for others. These qualities have become more valuable than ever in today’s increasingly globalised society, with deepening significance for both students and the community at large.


Lingnan has decided to keep its undergraduate student number at around 2,600. As the smallest local university in terms of student population, Lingnan endeavours to make the best of its compact size, close faculty-student relationship and residential campus, in order to allow motivated, hard-working students to grow in all directions and develop their full potential. Our teaching and research staff shall continue to take advantage of the free and open environment here and dedicate themselves to educating our students, who can then serve not only Hong Kong, but also the region and the world.


The Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF) programme is an example of our effort to serve the needs of Hong Kong and the international community. The overriding aim of this program is to provide a broad-based set of problem-solving skills especially useful for those who are holding or anticipating positions as managers, financial analysts or economists in the banking and finance industry, big multinational corporations, government agencies and international organizations. The MIBF programme is unique in Hong Kong in that its internationally-oriented curriculum covers not only the core areas in banking, finance and economics, but also related topics in accounting, regulations and so on.  

Evidence indicates that the programme has generally achieved its aim. According to the recent MIBF graduate survey, about 90% of its graduates agree that the programme is helpful or extremely helpful in their career advancement. I am also glad to learn that virtually all surveyed graduates rate the overall programme quality as good or excellent. 

If you wish to build a bright career in the financial services sector, you need to equip yourselves properly and adequately for today’s complex and ever-changing challenges.  Our MIBF programme would be a good choice for you as it provides you with the crucial training to turn challenges into opportunities. 


I sincerely invite you to consider our MIBF programme and look forward to welcoming you into our big family at Lingnan.

Prof. Leonard K CHENG
Lingnan University


Message from the Programme Directors


Professor LIN Ping
Head, Department of Economics
Director, MIBF Programme

Director, Centre for Public Policy Studies
BSc (Shandong); MA (Chinese Academy of Soc. Sc.); PhD (Minnesota)

Dr. Kent LAI
Managing Director, MIBF Programme
Department of Economics
BSc; PhD (Arizona State); FHKSI

We are excited to introduce you to this distinctive Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF) Programme, hosted by the Economics Department of Lingnan University.  Let us give you 10 strong reasons why this Programme deserves your serious consideration:


  1. A strong host department: the Economics Department of Lingnan is ranked fifth among all economic research institutions in China* and ranked third** in Hong Kong in terms of top research output;
  2. A broad-based and internationally oriented Programme curriculum that strikes a balance between theoretical and practical knowledge;
  3. Excellent quality and satisfaction;
  4. A dynamic mix of students with international cultures and experiences;
  5. Over $1 million of scholarships and tuition waivers for outstanding local and non-local students;
  6. Good opportunities for placement and further studies;
  7. Subsidised local and overseas internships;
  8. Double-Master Programmes with reputable Overseas Universities;
  9. Intensive summer refresher courses for those students who come from diverse background;
  10. Sponsored overseas study tour to an Asia financial centre.
  The details of aforementioned reasons are presented in the following sections for your consideration.

Last but not least, MIBF students now have the opportunity to earn the MIBF degree and another master’s degree from a reputable European University (either ESSCA in France, UAS in Spain, or University of Leicester in the UK#) with merely one and half to two years of school time. This is a fantastic option for those students who want to broaden their field of expertise and acquire international learning experience in Europe.


In summary, we sincerely recommend this Programme to you if you are serious in studying international banking and finance for a promising career in the industry or for advancing to a higher degree.


* YU Xiaohua and GAO Zhifeng (2010). An updated ranking of the economic research institutions in China. China Economic Review, 21, 579.

* *The top three Economics Departments in terms of 4-star research output in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise are Hong Kong University of Science of Science and Technology, University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University respectively.
#The double-degree programme with University of Leicester is subject to final approval of both universities.