Master of Science in Global Investment Management - HKU SPACE: Finance and Compliance, Investment Management courses
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Master of Science in Global Investment Management

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Start Date
01 May 2020 (Fri)
Next intake(s)
To be advised
1 year to 2 years
Course Fee
HK$11,000 for each module
HK$24,000 for dissertation

  1. Students MUST have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law at HKU SPACE will be offered an exemption of 4 modules of this top-up master programme.
  2. The programme focuses on practical approaches in areas of derivatives, fund management and risk management.
  3. Ulster University is ranked in the top 25% of all UK universities for research.

About the University

Ulster University is located in Northern Ireland. The University is listed in the Times Higher Education ranking of the top 150 universities under 50 years old. It is also a cosmopolitan university, enabling a cohort of almost 27,000 students to meet their personal and professional ambitions. Ulster University was awarded a coveted THE Award 2016 for ‘Most Improved Student Experience', based on the results of a survey which polled 15,000 students across the UK. The University has an alumni network of over 160,000 alumni in 148 countries worldwide. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework identified Ulster University as one of the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research. The University is ranked 66 out of 126 in the UK University League Tables and Rankings 2016.


About the Programme

The aim of this programme is to develop student's analytical abilities in areas of global investment management. Students are able to apply modern financial theories and current analytical frameworks in global financial markets. The programme focuses on practical approach in areas of derivatives, fund management and global financial market operations.

The primary target students are graduates of HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law. It is also suitable for graduates of postgraduate diploma in areas of finance and investment who have a keen interest in applied finance and those who wish to broaden or redirect their careers towards financial services.


Application Code 1785-FN046A -

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Programme Structure

Students completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law at HKU SPACE will be offered an exemption of 4 modules of this top-up master programme - Financial Reporting and Analysis, Financial Markets, Institutions and Operations, Financial Regulation and Fund Management. The following modules will be offered in Hong Kong.

Module1 Economics
Module 2 Derivatives and Alternative Investments
Module 3 Research Methods in Finance
Module 4  Risk Management Practices
Module 5 Dissertation
Module 1 -    Economics

This module aims to provide students with the micro and macroeconomic tools required to understand market behaviour, business performance and the economic environment within which businesses function, in preparation for a career in the financial services industry.


Module 2 -    Derivatives and Alternative Investments

This module builds upon the financial markets and investments module to develop further students' academic and professional competencies to prepare them for a career in financial services. It enhances students' knowledge of valuation theory and develops the necessary analytical skills for valuing spot and derivative markets securities. An understanding of trading strategies and their consequent payoffs, in conjunction with a practical understanding and knowledge of the financial markets and institutions involved in issuing, trading and the settlement of securities is also developed.


Module 3 -    Research Methods in Finance

This module develops students' quantitative and qualitative research skills. It begins with an overview of the philosophy of scientific research. Data categorisation, descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis are then introduced as the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis. Probability theory and probability distributions provide the foundation for a firm understanding of multivariate analysis, while also equipping students with a powerful framework for understanding and modelling various data generating processes. It concludes with a synthesis of issues related to developing a research proposal and writing the subsequent research report.


Module 4 -    Risk Management Practices

The objective of the module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the general principles of risk in business, the key risks encountered by organisations operating within the financial services industry, the influence of corporate governance, regulation and codes of conduct, and the approaches typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk. The module will extensively assess previous risk events to both illustrate previous deficiencies and to identify the potential for future enhancements to risk management.


Module 5 -    Dissertation

The dissertation module integrates and further develops the knowledge and skills acquired within the taught element of the programme. The module specifically allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to undertake a research dissertation investigating a topic relevant to the financial services sector and of interest to the student. The dissertation topic will vary, depending on the interests of the student and expertise of staff.

Applicants MUST have successfully completed HKU SPACE award of Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law to meet the entry requirements in a cognate area and will also be deemed to have met the IELTS entry criteria.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$11,000 for each module
    HK$24,000 for dissertation

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method
All applications, either by post or in person must be accompanied by:

a) Certified photostat copies of full educational certificates and transcripts

b) One crossed cheque for the relevant amount payable to 'HKUSPACE' in respect of the course fee.

c) A separate non-refundable crossed cheque payable to 'HKUSPACE' for $200 in respect of the application processing fee.

Note: When submitting your application in person at any HKUSPACE enrolment centres, please bring along the originals of your educational certificates / transcripts for certification.  If by post, please arrange to bring the originals of the relevant documents for certification at any HKUSPACE enrolment centres before the commencement of classes.

Payment Method
Course fee can be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to 'HKUSPACE'.  Please specify the programme title for application, student's name and student card number (if applicable).  You may either:
  • bring the completed form(s) together with the appropriate course / application fees in the form of a cheque and any required supporting documents to any of the HKUSPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKUSPACE enrolment centres, specifying "Course Application" on the envelope.  HKUSPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

Applicants may also pay the course / application fee by VISA or Master Card including "HKUSPACE Master Card" at any HKUSPACE enrolment Centre.