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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:
19 Nov 2019
25 Feb 2020
​28 Apr 2020

Embracing the Wave of Industry Revolution 4.0

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 • Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.33  and completion of SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
A-LEVEL• Successful completion of A-Level with 2 full passes or equivalent and completion of O-Level/SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics.
UEC• Credit passes (Grade B) in 5 Subjects including Mathematics.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Successful Completion of APU Foundation / Matriculation with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and completion of SPM/O-Level or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING / DIPLOMA IN FINANCE• Successful completion of the APU/APIIT Diploma or
• Successful completion of Studies in another recognised institute with academic credits equivalent to Level 1 of an Honours Degree

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

Malaysian Students 

Band 4 in Malaysian Unified English Test (MUET) or IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent is required for Malaysian Students. Applicants who do not possess the above will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Degree Programme.

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
FOUNDATION AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES • IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397 
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31 
• Pearson (PTE) : 30 
• MUET : Band 2
BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMMES• IELTS : 5.0 (5.5*) 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-417 (450-497*)
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45 (46-59*) 
• Pearson (PTE) : 36 (42*) 
• MUET : Band 3 (Band 4*)

*Only applicable for Actuarial Studies and Banking and Finance programmes.

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 (IGCE, 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).


What You Will Study:

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

APU is also working together with SuperCharger (the leading FinTech accelerator in Asia) to deliver high quality content in this area and to undertake out high impact research and development in FinTech. 

Empowered by:

Did You Know?

ASIAN INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED BANKERS (AICB)

APU Banking and Finance Degree programmes are accredited by Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), upon completion of the programme, students with CGPA more than 3.0 will be awarded with Executive Banker certificate.

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 and Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business and Communication Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Business Economics
  • Introduction to Banking & Finance
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Essentials 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 only appear 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)


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
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/

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 24,700
Year 2: RM 25,500
Year 3: RM 26,400
Total: RM 76,600

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)

Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

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

(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.