Professional Certificate in Finance and Technology | PolyU SPEED

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Professional Certificate in Finance and Technology

Class Code


QF Level


Medium of Instruction

The Medium of Instruction will be Cantonese. The teaching materials and assessments will be in English.

Duration & Contact Hours

90 hours

Class Start Date

15 Oct 2022

Course Fee


Class Dates

15 Oct 2022 - 23 Jan 2023 (For more details, please refer to the leaflet)

Class Time

9:30am - 6:00pm

Class Venue

PolyU Main Campus / Hung Hom Bay Campus / West Kowloon Campus

Application Status


Application Deadline


QR Registration Number


CEF Course Code


Course Information

The course aims to equip prospective participants with the latest trends and knowledge about financial technologies. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a thorough understanding of the core concepts of financial technologies and will be able to identify opportunities created by FinTech for Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, regional and global markets.

Course Content

Finance Stream:
Module 1: Financial Services Industry 
1.1    Global financial market players
1.2    Regulations in the global market such as Cybersecurity law and Privacy law
1.3    Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
1.4    The main central banks and the role they play in the financial markets 
1.5    Financial mathematics 
1.6    The life cycle of trade 


Module 2: Debt 
2.1 Debt market overview
2.2 Understand the money market rates
2.3 Money market instruments
2.4 Bond pricing and yields
2.5 Sale and repurchase agreement (repo)
2.6 Bond issuance and trading
2.7 Securitisation


Module 3: Equity 
3.1 The fundamental features of equity
3.2 Key players in equity markets
3.3 Equity valuation
3.4 Equity issuance
3.5 Equity markets and trading
3.6 Equity indices


Technology Stream
Module 4: Software Engineering 
4.1 Overview of software engineering in financial services
4.2 Software development lifecycle
4.3 Problem solving and algorithms
4.4 Programming languages
4.5 Data processing and storage
4.6 Quality management


Module 5: Business Analysis 
5.1 The business analysis framework
5.2 The key skills and competencies required of a business analyst
5.3 Analysis and modelling
5.4 Elicitation
5.5 Specifying, user stories and use cases
5.6 Verifying and validating


Module 6: Project Management 
6.1 Project fundamentals
6.2 Project and development frameworks
6.3 Project scope
6.4 Stakeholder management
6.5 Managing project team
6.6 Managing to the plan
6.7 Closing the project

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to satisfy the requirements stated in (i) and (ii):
(I) Satisfactory completion of a recognized Diploma programme at Level 4 or equivalent; OR mature candidates aged 25 or above on or before the commencement date of the course, with proficiency in English (subject to satisfactory performance in an interview); 
(ii) 2 years or above working experience in finance, business and IT related sector


Applicants do not possess the above entry requirements will be considered on case by case basis. These applicants are required to attend an admission interview.


Students who have passed and completed the assessments, and attended at least 70% of the course will be presented with a Professional Certificate awarded by PolyU SPEED.

Application Procedures

1.  Application form can be downloaded from this website.  Before completing the application form, please read carefully the "Guide for Applicants" on the form.


2.  Please submit one application form and settle the course fee by bank draft/ crossed cheque/ On-line Card Payment System for each course applied. For details of payment methods, please refer to Section 4 of the application form or this web page.


3.  Non-permanent residents of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) holding

(i) work visa/ entry permit; OR

(ii) visa/ entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) (except those from Mainland, Macao and Taiwan); OR

(iii) dependent visa/ entry permit (except those from Mainland, Macao and Taiwan), issued by the Director of Immigration of HKSAR Government may enroll in short-term courses in SPEED without seeking prior approval from the Director of Immigration.


These applicants are required to attach a copy of their identity document(s) and the valid visa/ entry permit to their application.  On admission, they will be required to provide the original identity document(s) and visa/ entry permit for verification. Throughout the course of study, it is the responsibility of individual students to ensure that their identity documents and visas/ entry permits are valid. Other non-local applicants can neither be registered as students nor commence their studies on the short-term courses in SPEED.


4.  Applications should be submitted on or before the deadline for application via one of the following means -


(a) By post or by hand:

Submit the completed application form, supporting documents (if applicable) and a copy of your valid visa/ entry permit (if applicable) together with the bank draft/ crossed cheque/ payment confirmation page (for online payment) to School of Professional Education and Executive Development, Room QR802, 8/F, Core R, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon.


(b) By e-mail (for application with payment settled via online system only):

Submit the completed application form, supporting documents (if applicable) and a copy of your valid visa/ entry permit (if applicable) together with the payment confirmation page by e-mail to


Payment Methods for Course Fee

Please choose either one of the following payment methods for course fee


(1)  Bank Draft/ Crossed Cheque

You could submit a bank draft/ crossed cheque (made payable to "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University") by post or by hand.  Please write your name, the course code and class code at the back of the bank draft/ crossed cheque.  Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.


(2)  On-line Card Payment System (by Visa/ Master/ China UnionPay card)
You could settle the course fee via On-line Card Payment System by Visa/ Master/ China UnionPay card.  For successful payment, please print the payment confirmation page for record and quote the invoice number (as shown on the payment confirmation page) on Section 4 of the application form.


According to the School's Refund Policy, course fees paid are normally not refundable, except cases of unsuccessful applications/ course cancellation.  Fees paid and places allocated are not transferrable.



Programme Officer

Mr Roger Lee

3400 2866

General Enquiry:3400 2828