Programme Structure & Curriculum

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CURRICULUM

Our full-time MSc in Finance programme is delivered intensively over 3 semesters and includes compulsory experiential learning. You are expected to complete 50 Modular Credits (MCs) to graduate.

Foundation Core
Experiential Learning Electives
AUG – NOV JAN – APR MAY – JUL AUG – NOV
4 Modules
(12 MCs)
4 Modules
(16 MCs)
Internship
(2 MCs)
5 Modules
(20 MCs)
OUR PROGRAMME
FOUNDATION
AUG-NOV
On Campus (12 MCs)

This first semester on campus provides you with the foundation for the programme:

CORE
JAN-APR
On Campus (16 MCs)

The second semester provides you with the essential knowledge and skills for a career in finance-related sectors:

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
MAY-JUL
Global (2 MCs)

Through an industry internship or applied projects, you will be able to engage in experiential learning in analysing and solving problems faced by peers in the finance industry.

These industry internships and applied projects will also enable you to acquire a variety of interpersonal and collaboration skills, particularly in understanding the impact of your actions on your colleagues and your companies.

These internships and applied projects are primarily self-sourced.

ELECTIVES
AUG-NOV
On Campus (20 MCs)

The ultimate semester on campus provides you with the opportunities to explore areas that attract you in greater depth. You will need to complete five elective modules. Some of the modules* that may be offered include:

*The curriculum is subject to changes. The University reserves the right to revise the curriculum.

You may also choose one of the following specialisations depending on your career objective. To meet the specialisation requirement, you will need to successfully complete at least three elective modules from a particular specialisation out of the five modules that you take in the final semester:

Corporate Finance Specialisation

This is designed for students who want to pursue a career in the areas of capital budgeting, project evaluation, cash management and raising of short-term and long-term capital. Students interested in this track need to have a strong understanding of accounting statements, the tools for raising funds and managing liabilities, financial forecasting, treasury functions, forecasting cash flows, and the impact of tax code on financial choices.

Investment Finance Specialisation

This is designed for students who want to pursue a career in the markets sector, where the focus is primarily on trading and risk management of bonds, stocks, options, swaps and other such financial instruments. Students interested in this track need a thorough and mathematically sound understanding of the principles of valuation and arbitrage. You would also benefit from being able to understand and possibly implement computer models for pricing/hedging such instruments. In addition, you will need to understand the practical aspects of implementing a trading strategy, as well as the relevant institutional and regulatory framework.

If you are looking to start your career in the financial intermediation sector in the areas of banking, investment banking, insurance, and asset management, both of the above skill sets are required. You will also need to have in-depth knowledge of institutions and regulations.

Finance and Technology Specialisation

This is designed for students who want to pursue a career that takes advantage of the technological disruptions in the financial sector. Students interested in this specialisation need to have a strong understanding of the financial sector, a willingness to develop an aptitude in technology, and a keen interest in the intersection of finance and technology.

Requirements for Completion and Graduation

To graduate from our NUS MSc in Finance programme, you must complete the programme requirements and achieve a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of at least 3.0 (out of 5.0).

To stay and complete the programme, you must maintain a CAP of at least 3.0. In the event that you are unable to maintain a CAP of 3.0 and above, the following scenarios may occur:

  • If your CAP is less than 3.0 but more than 2.5, you will receive an initial warning. This will lead to dismissal from the programme should your CAP remain below 3.0 for the third consecutive semester.
  • If your CAP is 2.5 or below for two consecutive semesters, you will automatically be dropped from the programme.