The HKU Master of Finance in Financial Technology (MFFinTech) Programme aims to prepare students for a career in the ever-changing world of finance – a world fueled by constant technological advancements and innovations. Through our courses, students will gain essential knowledge and skills in finance, FinTech, and digitalisation necessary for navigating the changing landscape of the finance industry. Not only should students have a strong understanding of finance and technology in the digital age, but also a well-balanced critical awareness of ethical and regulatory constraints and knowledge of the hottest industry trends. Business opportunities generated by “big data” in finance and insurance, along with other emerging digital technologies including blockchain, AI and cloud computing will be explored in detail. Graduates are expected to be technologically adept and business savvy individuals who can offer innovative solutions to finance-related industries.
Mode and Duration of Study
The MFFinTech programme extends over a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of two academic years for full-time study. Most students tend to finish the programme in one academic year.
Courses are offered on a modular basis to allow students to focus on one area of study at a time. There are 6 modules in one academic year and each module is six to eight weeks long, including the examination week.
Students usually take 2 courses per module and there will be 4 three-hour classes each week.
Medium and Course Assessment
The programme will be taught in English.
Assessment of each course may include assignments, mid-term examinations, project papers, and course work, as well as a final examination, which is normally held at the end of each course, unless otherwise specified.
With the interdisciplinary academic focus of the programme, students are required to complete courses from different disciplines focusing on FinTech. These courses equip students with the essential knowledge and capabilities to apply technological innovations to financial services, e.g., blockchain and cryptocurrency, financial fraud analytics, regulations of financial markets, etc. Backed by experts in artificial intelligence, cyber securities, financial regulatory issues and financial engineering, the programme covers different FinTech topics, including Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Blockchain and Cryto-currency, and Regulations of Financial Markets.
Led by HKU Business School, the MFFinTech programme features a strong multidisciplinary training, with courses jointly offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Law. Students are able to acquire cutting-edge technical skills and a broad understanding of potential legal, economic and societal impacts of FinTech.
Career Industry Opportunities
Commercial and Investment Banks
Brokerage and Investment Firms
Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms
Treasury Departments of non-financial corporations
Technology and internet companies
Consulting and Accounting Firms
Admissions for 2021 intake is now open.
Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), October 19, 2020
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), December 14, 2020
Round 3: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 3, 2021
Round 4: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 9, 2021
Round 5: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 7, 2021
Offers will be made on a rolling basis and early applications are preferred, in the sense that a large proportion of offers will be allocated to applicants in the early stages. Candidates are therefore highly recommended to submit their applications and supporting documents as soon as possible.
Non-local students are highly encouraged to apply in the first two rounds, to allow sufficient time to arrange student visas and to prepare to move to Hong Kong.
Admission decisions are generally available 1 month after the application deadline and successful applicants will be notified by email. Applicants that have not received an offer will be considered again in the following round(s), until the end of the admissions cycle.
To be eligible for admission to this Master Programme, a candidate must:
Hold a recognized Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
Obtain statements from two referees, regarding his/her suitability for the Programme; and
Obtain a TOEFL/IELTS score* if he/she is not from an English medium university.
Candidates with computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics, or science and technology-related background are highly preferred.
*A score of 550 or above (paper-based test), or 80 (internet-based test) in TOEFL, or a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in IELTS is required.
The proposed tuition fee for the 2021 intake is HK$396,000*.
Upon receiving the admission oﬀer, candidates will be required to arrange a deposit of HK$95,000* to conﬁrm their acceptance. The balance will be payable in 2 instalments over one academic year, irrespective of the number of courses taken in each module.
Subject to the approval of the MFFinTech Programme Director and committees concerned, advanced standing of required courses, except the capstone course, may be granted, and tuition fees would be deducted by HK$33,000* per course accordingly.
There is also a non-refundable application fee of HK$300.
*subject to change and final approval by The University of Hong Kong