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Programme Director's Message

As the Director of our new Master of Science (MSc) in Finance Progamme, I am delighted to welcome you to our programme. This programme is hosted by the Department of Finance and Insurance at Lingnan University. Our Department is part of the Faculty of Business, which is accredited by the AACSB.


This is a one-year programme designed to provide students with a comprehensive coverage of finance ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced practical applications. Areas of finance covered includes banking, corporate finance, financial analysis, insurance, investment and securities, risk management, and wealth management. In addition, some specialist elective courses will be taught by seasoned practitioners. Our emphasis is on practical applications which will enhance students’ competitiveness in the job market. The MSc will also help prepare students for the major professional qualifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and other licensing examinations required by financial regulation agency. The Department of Finance and Insurance is a recognized partner programme of the CFA Institute and the CII; and our graduates are able to secure credits towards the CFP and CII qualifications.


Many of our professors have PhDs with extensive research records. Furthermore, our faculty has ties to the finance community in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Our professors have professional qualifications in accounting, actuarial science, finance, insurance, and risk management. Furthermore, some of our professors are committee or board members of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts  (the local chapter of the CFA Institute), and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. These attributes of our professors help ensure the relevance of our teaching for the finance community and enables us to provide practical guidance to students as they enter the workforce.


We seek to have a diverse student body and welcome students from countries all over the world as well as students from non-business backgrounds. For students with no background in business or finance, we provide an intensive comprehensive course that covers financial accounting, time value of money concepts, and basic statistics and spreadsheet analysis. This course is designed to prepare such students for the one-year programme. The MSc has six required courses, five of which will be taken in Term 1. Term 2 will include one required course and four electives. A series of seminars will also be provided where we invite guest speakers to share us the latest developments in finance practice and career prospects.

We expect that our programme will improve and develop in the years to come. We are committed to providing a first-class education in finance, and to develop students’ intellectual capital which will enhance their prospects in career and personal development.


On behalf of the Department of Finance and Insurance, I invite you to join our MSc programme.



Professor GAO Jin
Programme Director of MSc in Finance
Department of Finance and Insurance