Curriculum Overview

Programme Name

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors) in Financial Analysis (BBA-FA)

Mode of Study


Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

At least passing 120 credits

Offering Academic Department

Economics and Finance Department

Programme First Year Intake


Programme Director

Dr David Chui

Deputy Programme Director

Dr Andy Cheng

In the four-year Programme, students will be required to study at least 40 modules of 120 credits for graduation. The Programme consists of three major areas of study: General Education, Business Education, and Financial Analysis.

General Education

These modules are intended to strengthen students’ general skills, increase their knowledge in local and global affairs, and broaden their horizons. The modules provide a broad knowledge base across the academic disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and science, with the objective of helping students to acquire an intellectual and integrative ability from an inter-disciplinary perspective in regard to the issues and challenges in the 21st century.

Students are required to take 7 modules from the General Education domain, including:

  • 1 foundation module
  • 1 core module chosen from each of the General Education clusters:
    • Cluster 1 – Humanities
    • Cluster 2 – Social Sciences
    • Cluster 3 – Science, Medicine and Technology
    • Cluster 4 – Moral Reasoning
  • 2 electives, in which “Capstone Project on General Education” can be chosen as one of the electives.

Business Education

These modules provide students with a broad foundation in business education and help them to develop business acumen. Modules from General Education and Business Education complement the fundamentals of financial analysis and investment decision making.

Financial Analysis

These modules provide students with the specific skills and knowledge required for financial analysis. Modules in this area are intended to track four major aspects: Ethical and Professional Standards, Investment Tools, Asset Classes, and Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning. The overall emphasis is on basic skills and knowledge, with some higher order learning skills such as analysis and synthesis.

The requirement of module combination is as follows:

Study Area Number of Modules to be Taken
Core Elective
General Education 14 2
Business Education 10 /
Financial Analysis 11 1
Others (Free Elective) / 2
Total 40

Click here for an indicative Study Plan

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • address professional and personal challenges through the application of inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary knowledge acquired
  • possess effective communication ability in a business environment and work as a team player to integrate effectively the skills and knowledge developed, and be able to manage independent lifelong learning
  • evaluate own contributions, responsibilities in becoming  responsible employees, business leaders and business partners
  • possess broad horizons and be inquisitive about various global issues and developments such as politics, cultures, social sciences and technologies.
  • possess a body of specialised knowledge and skill-set that enable them to seek challenging careers in the era of economic liberalisation and globalisation.
  • possess the ability to develop a framework for financial analysis and evaluate alternatives for the purpose of making informed decisions.
  • develop insights into practical applications of financial analysis in a dynamic business environment

Admission Requirements

The application period for admission to the BBA-FA Programme follows those of other programmes offered by HSMC, which is normally from November of the preceding year of study to August of the year of study.

In 2015-16, the minimum requirements for entry to Year 1 of the Degree Programmes are as follows:

  • Form 6 graduates with Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one other subject in HKDSE; OR
  • Applicants with equivalent qualifications; OR
  • Mature students (aged 23 or above by September of the year of admission) with a minimum of 2 years’ working experience in their chosen field of study, or the ability to pursue their chosen field of study.

For students who possess qualifications other than the above, your applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be eligible to obtain a BBA-FA degree, students must have:

  • completed and obtained a grade of D or better in at least 40 modules (120 credits), including all core modules;
  • obtained an overall GPA of 2.0 or above for all modules;
  • passed the Information Technology Proficiency Test;
  • fulfilled the requirement of Extra-curricular (10 hours) & Physical Activities (10 hours) and Community Services (20 hours); and
  • fulfilled language competency exit requirement (See below).

Language Competency Exit Requirement




All degree students are required to attempt the IELTS examination and achieve a score of 6.0 or above before their final year of study.

If a student fails to satisfy the above requirement, he/she is required to take and pass an English enhancement module offered by the Department of English in their final year of study.

All degree students are required to attempt the Putonghua Proficiency Test (普通話水平測試) and to attain the level of三級乙等or above before their final year of study.

If a student fails to satisfy the above requirement, he/she is required to take a Putonghua enhancement module offered by the Department of Chinese in their final year of study.

Reimbursement of examination fee

Achieved a score of 7.0

Attained a level of 二級甲等


Native English speaking students are exempted from this requirement.

Non-Chinese speaking students are exempted from this requirement.


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