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Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a Specialism in Financial Technology

Duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
26 Nov 2020
25 Feb 2021

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE
 


 

Digital Transformation for IR4.0

 

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

This programme is specifically designed to provide students with:

  • Knowledge and skills in handling financial products, product development and working within the rapidly changing Global Banking and Finance Industry.
  • Opportunities to develop into highly competent managers, who are well qualified not only in Banking and Finance but also other professional areas required for successful business administration and management.
  • Basic technical competency and professionalism on the technology that will transform the delivery of financial services.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C+ (GP 2.33) and a Credit in Mathematics and a Pass in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.
A-LEVEL• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, and a Credit in Mathematics and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
UEC• 5 Grade B’s in UEC including Mathematics with a Pass in English.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.5) with a Credit in Mathematics and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING

• Passed Diploma with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE level.

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

Banking & Finance
Bachelor (Hons) Degree Programmes

• IELTS : 6.0
• TOEFL PBT : 550
• TOEFL IBT : 60-78
• Pearson (PTE) : 50 
• MUET : Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


Did You Know?

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 accredited by Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

APU Banking and Finance Degree programmes are accredited by Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

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.


What You Will Study:

DEGREE LEVEL 1

Students will learn fundamental skills required for every banking and finance professional, the basic understanding of business management and finance as well as the fundamentals of Financial Technology. We will also expose them towards business & communication skills, accounting skills and management skills.

Common Modules

  • Quantitative Skills
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business and Communications Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Business Economics
  • Introduction to Banking & Finance
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Essential of FinTech
  • Business Law
  • Marketing

DEGREE LEVEL 2

A broader range of skills will be learnt, in which students will gain a better understanding of banking instruments, procedures, regulatory framework as well as overall financial system environment. Students will be introduced to hands-on training on the underlying technologies enabling FinTech solutions. They will also be exposed to the new FinTech solutions namely digital currencies, peer to peer lending and etc. In addition, they will also familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of data mining techniques. We will further nurture their independent learning to prepare them for the workplace and for further researches.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • The Financial System
  • Banking Instruments & Procedures
  • Times Series & Forecasting
  • Enabling FinTech
  • Law of Banking and Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Business Research Methods
  • Financial Management
  • Data Mining & Predictive Modelling
  • Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technologies
  • Crowdfunding and Alternative Lending

INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

Students will undertake a short Internship/ Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to learn about the governance, risk management and compliance of financial technology and theories as well as the globalization of banking and finance in International Banking. Concept of empirical application of Robo Advisor and Entrepreneurial Finance will also be target with aims to groom them as a leader in financial technology. A final year project requires them to explore a topic individually- they will demonstrate their academic and practical aspects of their ability in the chosen area of study.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Risk Management in Banking
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Banking and Investment
  • Investigations in Financial Technology
  • Building Customer Relationships
  • Portfolio Management
  • Financial Technology Project
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Robo Advisor
  • FinTech Governance, Risk Management & Compliance

Note: The specialism will appear only in the academic transcript.

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                         
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)

29 Nov 2018 - Fintech modules offered as part of bachelor’s degree - Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2018/11/29/fintech-module-offered-as-part-of-bachelors-degree/ 


Career Options:

  • Entrepreneur
  • FinTech Specialist
  • Banking Specialist
  • Payment System Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Product Developer
  • Compliance Expert
  • FinTech Quantitative Developer
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Business Development Associate
  • Data Scientist (Finserv)

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students

International Students

Year 1: RM 25,400
Year 2: RM 25,800 
Year 3: RM 26,800 
Total: RM 78,000

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,150)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,430)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,060)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.


MQA Accreditation:

(R/343/6/0051)(07/22)(MQA/FA1328)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.