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MSc in Finance (MScFin)

Programme Information

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Special Features
  • The degree is ideal for those students who have limited or an intermediate level of knowledge of finance but who have a strong desire to learn and who are keen to work in the finance industry in Hong Kong, China, and internationally.
  • The degree will emphasize the important concepts, skills, and theoretical and institutional underpinnings of finance in Term 1 and more advanced topics and practical aspects in Term 2.
  • The degree will provide an excellent background for students who wish to take the major professional qualifications in finance such as the CFA, CIIA, FRM, and CII designations.
Mode of Study Full-time
Programme Duration
  • Normal: 1 year
  • Maximum: 2 years
Medium of Instruction English
Credits Required 30
Modules Required 10 (Core courses: 7; Electives courses: 3)
Pre-entry Course Applicants with no or limited background in finance, accounting, and statistics in their Bachelor's degree will be required to complete a 42-hour pre-entry course, Financial Management and Statistics, in August prior to the start of this master's programme.
Tuition Fees (for 2020/21)
  • Local students: HKD188,000/programme
  • Non-local students: HKD208,000/programme

The tuition fees above do not cover pre-entry course.

Programme Leader Prof GAO, Jin
BS (UIBE); MA (Wayne State); PhD (Georgia State); ASA; CFA
Offering Unit Department of Finance and Insurance


Students are required to complete 10 modules in one year of study. Each module bears three credits.

Core Courses (Seven courses):
  1. FIN520 Corporate Finance
  2. FIN521 Financial Markets and Investment Analysis
  3. FIN522 Management of Banks, Insurance Companies, and Other Financial Institutions in Hong Kong and China
  4. FIN523 Quantitative Methods for Finance
  5. FIN524 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
  6. FIN525 Fixed Income Securities
  7. FIN530 Principles of Financial Analysis and Valuation

Elective Courses* (Any three):
  1. FIN531 Derivative Securities
  2. FIN532 Financial Planning and Services in Hong Kong and China
  3. FIN534 Hong Kong and China Monetary and Financial Systems
  4. FIN535 International Financial Management
  5. FIN536 Investment and Wealth Management
  6. FIN537 Real Estate Investment and Finance
  7. FIN538 Securities Laws and Regulatory Framework in Hong Kong and China
  8. FIN539 Algorithmic Trading and Quantitative Strategies
  9. FIN540 Venture Capital and Private Equity
  10. FIN541 Insurance Law in Hong Kong
  11. FIN542 Insurance Practice in Hong Kong and China
  12. FIN543 Introduction to FinTech
  13. FIN600 Case Studies in Finance

* The offering of elective courses is subject to sufficient demand and faculty availability.

Admission Requirements

1. General Qualifications

  • An applicant should hold a bachelor's degree with a first class or second class honours awarded by a recognized tertiary institution or have equivalent experiences and qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. Language Requirements

  • An applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain:
  • a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer- based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or
  • a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Applicants who do not fulfil the above language requirements but have an equivalent score in a recognized test, or an equivalent qualification assessment to prove their language proficiency may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Applicants will enjoy admission preference if they have work experiences and/or have professional qualifications in finance, insurance, accounting, actuarial science, and others.
  • A recent GMAT or GRE test score, while not required, will be helpful in determining admittance into the programme.
  • Applicants do not need to present IELTS/ TOEFL score if they obtained the Bachelor's degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English.
  • Applicants with no or limited background in finance, accounting, and statistics in their Bachelor's degree will be required to complete a 42-hour pre-entry course, Financial Management and Statistics, in August prior to the start of this master's programme.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Academic Scholarships

Scholarships might be considered for outstanding students on the basis of academic merit. All students admitted to the programme will be automatically qualified for the award of scholarships.

Wu Ho Loo Ning Scholarship

The Wu Ho Loo Ning Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time postgraduate student pursuing a taught postgraduate (TPg) programme in international banking and/or finance (including insurance).

Government Student Financial Assistance

Local students are eligible for applying the Extended Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). For eligibility and details, please visit the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency's website.

Words from Alumni

MScFin Alumni: Ms LIUMs LIU, Ying Jessie (MScFin 2018 Graduate)

‘The one-year MSc in Finance Programme is fleeting. At this moment, I can still clearly recall the happiness of receiving the letter of admission. This year in Lingnan University, the Programme provides us with a variety of finance courses and sharing seminars, which enable us to acquire a full range of finance knowledge. I am so grateful to meet all these great teachers here.

Thanks Professor Joseph Cheng! I will always remember every topic you taught, and remember to be a people with inner peace, sincerity and gratitude. Thanks the programme staff! Thank you for your every kindness reminder, patient answer, and all you done for us. Thanks Jack! Thank you for providing valuable advices in different aspects. Thanks for everyone and everything I met in Lingnan. I hope that everyone who is about to study in MSc in Finance will achieve what you hope.’

MScFin Alumni: Mr HUIMr HUI, Jack (MScFin 2017 Graduate)

‘This year in Lingnan University is absolutely valuable and unforgettable. From a Bachelor of Accounting to a Master of Finance, Lingnan has given me not only professsional knowledge but also real-life experience and lots of happiness. Many of you may be worried about studying in HK or whether you can adapt to the environment, but with the help from the staff and teachers here, I assure that you will have an enjoyable year. Wish you all the best.’

MScFin Alumni: Ms LIUMs LIU, Lin (MScFin 2017 Graduate)

‘Time passes quickly. This year in Lingnan University is really an unforgettable journey in my life. I still remember how frustrated I was when I first came to Hong Kong, how confused I was in the first lesson, and how difficult to recite all materials. As I am not a graduate from finance major, those jargons and concept are one of my huge obstacles. However, under the professional teaching from professors, extensive helps from peers and my passion in finance, I graduate. I write this, not only to express the gratitude to my dearest teachers, but also encourage all freshmen to pursue their dreams and passion during this year. Studying is not only for the exams but for chasing your dreams.’


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Contact Person Ms Sandia SIU
Telephone (+852) 2616-8191
Office Address Rm SEK112/9, 1/F, Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building,
Lingnan University,
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