The MSc Finance is a one-year, full-time bilingual programme. Students are required to complete 36 academic units (AUs) consisting of core and elective courses. Students who successfully complete all the course requirements will be awarded a degree in MSc Finance by Nanyang Technological University.
The programme is designed for students to gain practical insight into finance principles required for a rewarding career in finance. On top of the structured and rigorous curriculum, we also engage in a range of activities like Student Industry Field Trips (SIFTs), thought series, and personal and professional development guidance so as to build a platform to meet with industry experts and to develop your skills.
The curriculum is subjected to changes. The University reserves the right to revise the curriculum.
This is an online, self-paced eLearning course designed for students with little or no experience in Excel so as to equip them with essential Excel skills through hands-on practices.
The main topics are:
(A) an introduction to the financial challenges firms and households face and the principles of modern finance in tackling these challenges;
(B) the valuation of financial assets (e.g., stocks, bonds, futures, and options);
(C) equilibrium analysis of asset pricing including interest rate determination, portfolio theory, mean-variance optimization, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
In the second part, students will learn about business models and management practices of financial institutions, including commercial banks, investment banks, and insurance companies. The goal of this part is to teach students how to properly evaluate the performance of these financial institutions and analyse the potential impacts of financial regulations on them.
In the final part, students will acquire about the management and operations, especially the portfolio management strategies, of investment firms in the asset management industry, including mutual fund companies as well as hedge fund companies. This is so that students can learn the skills to manage large portfolios and hedge funds from this part of the course.
• Introduction to Wealth Management (1.5AUs)This course aims to provide students with a practical and foundational understanding of wealth management. The course will help students examine the role of private bankers, portfolio managers, and wealth planners in serving high net worth individuals and their families in the management, growth and preservation of wealth, and how the ownership of such wealth can be better organized and distributed as a legacy for the next generation. It also examines the development of private banking and wealth management over the years and the challenges for private bankers in the years ahead.
• Alternative Investments (1.5AUs)
• Machine Learning in Finance (1.5AUs)
This course covers essential machine learning techniques in finance. The emphasis is placed on the financial applications and how can they transform the finance industry. This course will go into detail for some selected topics such as artificial neural networks and decision trees, and support vector machines. This course will also train the students’ soft skills through the group project on realistic data analysis problem.
• Blockchain Systems: Concepts & Principles (1.5AUs)
This is an introductory course to equip students with basic knowledge of blockchain. Students will study the basic building blocks of a blockchain network. From a financial perspective, students will also study how to evaluate cryptocurrency as a new alternative asset class. We will study how applied cryptography techniques are crucial to the operation of a blockchain. Two example blockchains are explored in more depth: Bitcoin and Ethereum. For Ethereum, we will also look at Smart Contracts. From an enterprise perspective, we will study how blockchains can be engineering for enterprise adoption.
*For reference only. The university reserves the right to revise the programme structure and schedule as appropriate.