Programme Mission & Structure

Mission and Objectives

The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics for Science and Technology is to provide mathematical modelling and computational techniques that are useful to engineers, scientists, technologists and managers and to focus on applications and the use of computer packages to solve practical problems.

Actuarial and Investment Science specialism (AIS) is to provide students with a solid foundation of actuarial and investment science and to allow graduates to become leading professionals in these areas.

Decision Science specialism (DS) is to provide students with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in Statistics, Operations Research and Scientific Computing relevant to decision making and practical problem solving in Engineering, Finance and Business.

Our curriculums are well designed to cover the wide topics in statistics, insurance, financial mathematics and decision making, which are essential in the training of our students with a solid foundation as professionals in insurance, investment, finance and engineering.

The Department of Applied Mathematics has a strong team of researchers in applied statistics, financial mathematics and operations research to facilitate the teaching of the programme. In particular, Mathematics in PolyU has achieved remarkable recognition in recent years and has been listed as one of top 100 mathematics departments in 2015 according to The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Meanwhile, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking listed PolyU the top 150 in 2014 - 2015 in the discipline of Mathematics, and the top 45 in 2015 in the Statistics and Operational Research.

Our graduates will become leading professionals in engineering, finance management, banking and finance, insurance company and related sectors. In particular, as Hong Kong is one of the leading financial centers and Mainland China has the fastest growing economics in the world, there is a great demand in personnel being competent and with the knowledge in actuarial and investment science. In recent years our graduates in Actuarial and Investment Science specialism have continuously secured internship positions in leading insurance companies and investment banks as actuaries and data analysts in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Programme Structure
  • Specialisms Actuarial and Investment Science
    (AIS)
    Decision Science
    (DS)
  • Mode of study Full-time Part-time
  • Normal duration 2 years - minimum duration is 1.5 years,
    please refer to the link for a sample study plan.
    3 years
  • Maximum duration 4 years 6 years
  • Total credits 30 credits 30 credits
  • Subject structure 7 compulsory subjects
    3 core subjects or a dissertation
    1 compulsory subject
    3 core subjects
    3 core or elective subjects
    3 core subjects or a dissertation
  • Tuition fees local student: HK$4,000 per credit, non-local student: HK$5,000 per credit.

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