Minor in Applied Mathematics

  • Programme Code63421-YAM (4-Year Curriculum)
  • Mode of StudyFull-time
  • Normal Duration3 years
  • Required for Awards18 credits*

*Subject to approval by AMA, students may count up to 6 credits from their Major (i.e. DSR) towards this Minor. Please submit the form AR147a in person to the General Office of AMA for approval before your applying for graduation.

Programme Objectives

The specific aims of this programme are:

 (i) To broaden students’ studies beyond their major discipline for a solid foundation in applied 
   mathematical techniques for problem-solving.

 (ii)  To provide students with solid training of applied mathematics, including operational
   research, risk analysis, statistics and financial computing with emphasis on real-world    



The Minor in Applied Mathematics is designed to give students the opportunity to complement their degree with a quantitative / mathematical component. Having a background in mathematics helps demonstrate a student’s ability to think critically, logically, and creatively. It also demonstrates student’s ability to find patterns, think abstractly, analyze and interpret data, solve problems, and make predictions in a variety of fields. This programme provides formal training in applied mathematics with applications to business, finance, management, social sciences, science and engineering.


Credit transfer for exchange activity

Students should submit the form AR41a in person to the General Office of their major department as early as possible and not later than one month before the departure date for the exchange activity.

Please kindly provide the information below together with the form for seeking approval:

(a) copy of the approval for participating in the exchange activities issued by your Department/Faculty Office
     or IAO of the PolyU; and

(b) copies of the syllabus of the subjects to be taken at the exchange institution listed in Section III of the form;

(c) details of the grading system of the exchange institution.

Approval will be granted based on various factors such as whether the syllabus of the subject in the exchange institution matches the one offered in PolyU. You are strongly advised to consult the minor programme team and the subject lecturer before submitting applications for credit transfer concerning subjects in our programme.


Credit transfer from Major/GUR towards this Minor

Subject to approval by AMA, students may count up to 6 credits from their Major (i.e. DSR) towards this Minor. Please submit the form AR147a in person to the General Office of AMA for approval before your applying for graduation.


Graduation requirement

To complete the programme, students should fulfill 18 credits, including 6 credits core (compulsory) subjects and 12 credits electives, of which at least 9 credits are at level 3 or above.


Computer Laboratory

Students in the minor programme can access our Mathematics Laboratories located at P116 and P117 via their student ID cards. The labs have high performance networked PCs equipped with a wide variety of software (e.g. Matlab, Mathematica and Minitab), as well as laser and color printers. For opening hours, click here.

Each student is granted some free printing quota. The students can consult the technicians on site concerning printing quota. Additional quota can be purchased from the AMA general office (TU732).

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Entrance Requirement for 63421-YAM (for 4-year Curriculum students only)
Who can apply

Year 2 students of 4-year curriculum of any UGC-funded full time degree programme of PolyU with GPA 2.5 or above

*For the applications from the upper year of students, they can be exceptionally considered on the provision that both the Major and Minor departments support them and they can still graduate within the normal duration as well as the overall quota of the university has not been exceeded.

*Exclusion: Students of BSc (Hons) in Investment Science (63423),
                   Students of BSc (Hons) in Investment Science and Finance Analytics (63426) and
                   Students of BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Analytics (63425)


When to apply

The application of 2020/21 academic year will begin soon. The first round application period is from 13 to 22 October 2020. The second round application is intended for catering those unsuccessful students and Minors with quotas left from the first round.
Please refer to Key Dates for Processing Major-Minor Options.

How to apply

- Eligible students should submit application form AR147 during the 1st round application period to their Major Department for endorsement. Please fill the form AR147 with Minor Programme Title: Minor In Applied Mathematics, Programme Code: 63421, Stream: YAM.
Here is an example

- The endorsed applications will be sent to AMA for final approval.

Please refer to the leaflet for details.

Online Introduction Seminar

Session 1. 2:30-3:00pm, Monday, 28 Sept 2020, zoom link (Meeting ID: 967 1268 7283 / Passcode: 63421)

Session 2. 2:30-3:00pm, Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020, zoom link (Meeting ID: 935 5847 7602 / Passcode: 63421)

The two seminars are of the same content. Please join with your NetID.

Introduction to Minor programme Slide

Programme Structure for 63421-YAM programme (for 4-year Curriculum students only)

The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects in applied mathematics, which helps develop quantitative methods and techniques that are particularly useful in economic, financial, management, business and logistics applications. Options are also available for those who wish to enhance their studies and careers in other fields such as engineering, geoinformatics and social sciences with solid mathematical foundation.


List of subjects (by nature) and possible study patterns (Last update: 28 Sep 2020)

Programme Requirement Document (Last update: 1 Sep 2020)


Subjects Offered in 2015/2016

Subjects Offered in 2016/2017

Subjects Offered in 2017/2018

Subjects Offered in 2018/2019

Subjects Offered in 2019/2020

Subjects to be Offered in 2020/2021

Subject Library

Collection of departmental subjects


The class and examination timetable would be available for your checking via the AR Student Page (eStudent).

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