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Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial

APU's Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial programmes are excellent springboards for individuals who wish to launch a professional career. The programmes are well established, and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of accounting, banking, finance, actuarial and related subjects. Students on the course have the flexibility of developing and building their specialist knowledge whether in industry or public service. The awards cover an in-depth knowledge of the core areas, equipping students with necessary skills for the future. them with practical employment skills. The primary objective of these programmes is to develop knowledgeable and capable students to enable them to secure key positions in the financial services sector.

The Aims of the APU Accounting, Banking, Finance & Quantitative Studies Programmes are to:

  • Provide you with a rewarding yet challenging learning experience to enable you to be a high quality graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding for an effective and valued career.
  • Enable you to undertake employment in industry, commerce or public service as professionals by developing your capabilities in relation to innovation, integration of ideas and concepts, interactive development, information provision and imaginative approaches to processes and problem solving.
  • Provide you with a Personal Development Planning opportunity in relation to enhancing your employability through increasing your independence, inventiveness, ingenuity and developing your all round intelligence in relation to solving problems, decision making, working with other people and communication skills.
  • Facilitate your progression, both academic and practical, by means of developing knowledge, key skills and a capacity for independent and lifelong learning
  • Enable you to specialise in depth in areas corresponding to your ability and choice.
The Five "I"s Model

1: INNOVATION

through the design of curriculum, the module content and the learning approaches

2: INTEGRATION

through developing your capabilities to interrelate knowledge and to work in multidisciplinary teams

3: INFORMATION

through developing your knowledge and also your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively

4: INTERACTIVITY

through the use of group work to develop your teamwork skills and through the use of technology to achieve interactivity of devices and people

5: IMAGINATION

in relation to new products, ideas, applications and solutions


Accounting & Finance Programmes:

Upon completion, students are eligible for exemptions from the below Professional bodies as our Accounting and Finance degrees are accredited by them:

ACCA - 9 papers exemptions out of 13 papers

CIMA - 6 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

CPA - 6 papers exemptions out of 12 papers

ICAEW - 8 papers exemptions out of 15 papers

CTIM - 5-6 papers exemptions out of 8 papers

MAICSA - 12 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

Also, Diploma in Accounting are eligible for 3 fundamental modules exemption from ACCA.


FinTech for the Future

Powered by FinTech - All Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance Programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech).

Financial Technology (FinTech) is gaining momentum year-on-year and creating a huge demand for professionals with specific FinTech skills. Traditional accounting and finance industry is getting digitally transformed. To cater to the skill gap in the Financial Services the technology application has become an essential part of the graduate skill.

Traditional financial institutions and fintech start-ups alike are looking for more candidates who specialize in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. According to reporting by Bloomberg reporting and data from LinkedIn[1], job listings requiring these skills in the financial industry increased nearly 60% in the past year. APU Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance programmes are designed to cater to the increased demand for finance graduates with FinTech skills.

"FinTech is massively popular. 96% of global consumers are aware of FinTech-driven money transfer and payment services. 3 out of 4 consumers have used an alternative money transfer and payment service."

- EY Global FinTech Adoption Index


"Financial institutions are becoming more technology focused. We see it as the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. Looking forward, we expect FinTech disruptors to continue to expand into other areas within financial services."

- Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)


"FinTech is changing businesses and customers rapidly. Those that embrace FinTech will stay at the forefront of their markets; those that don't will lose out on opportunities, customers, and market share."

- Bernard Marr, Forbes


Banking & Finance Programmes:

APU has been leading the way for its graduates in professional recognition and exemptions in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Banking and Actuarial Studies. These are valuable not only for moving your career as a full-time professional forward but also for expanding your skills and expertise to become a more well-rounded employee. These recognitions help you become a more desirable candidate or employee, one who can command a higher salary.

Our Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) is an ideal and outstanding programme for those who wish to engage in financial services industry or government sectors, particularly in banking and central banking. Students on the course also have the flexibility of developing and building their specialised knowledge in areas such as in Financial Planning as well as Investment & Risk Management.

There is high global demand for well-trained Banking & Finance individuals in banking, finance, education, as well as government sectors. Career options may include:

  • Banker
  • Merchant Banker
  • Trader
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Credit Officer
  • Underwriter
  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Investment Manager
  • Investment and Wealth Manager
  • Risk Manager

Finance is always at the heart of commerce that no one could get rid of. However, the advent of financial technology has disrupted the delivery of financial services. In order to remain competitive in digital banking sphere, banks have started to employ more staffing resources in the digitisation initiatives. Thus, our Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in Financial Technology (one of the first industry-driven FinTech curriculum in Malaysia) will prepare the graduates to meet the needs of a rapidly disrupted Financial Services industry in Malaysia and internationally with the ability to develop innovative ideas and to employ state-of-the art technologies.

All Banking & Finance Programmes are empowered by FAOM

APU is the first University in Malaysia to sign MOA with FAOM to jointly develop future talents to embrace FinTech. FAOM also advises APU in the FinTech curriculum development to align with the industry requirement.


Actuarial Studies Programme - Worldwide Accreditation by IFoA, UK and SOA, US:

We are amongst the first few universities in Asia & Malaysia to obtain maximum block exemptions from 6 papers under the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), UK curriculum. This is an excellent testimony to the quality of our programme, which complies to international standards that is accepted and recognised worldwide. 


Internship / Industrial Training

A well-structured internship or industrial training programme in collaboration with industry is incorporated into the curriculum. The main objective of the internship programme is to further enhance your employability. In many cases the same company at which you had internship/industrial training will offer you employment as soon as you graduate. In all cases you will gain an invaluable insight into the world of business and managemet practices and be better equipped to position yourself for the career you seek.



Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial Programmes



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