Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Investment Management courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
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Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
Jan 2021
12 months to 18 months
Course Fee
Course Fee: $6900 per module (* course fees are subject to change without prior notice)
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Deadline on 18 Aug 2020 (Tue)
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Want to acquire knowledge from basic investment theories and concepts to portfolio management?
Welcome to apply this postgraduate diploma programme which delivers knowledge in a quantitative way, including economics, statistics, financial analysis, corporate finance, investment products and portfolio management.

This Postgraduate Diploma is one of the most comprehensive courses offered by HKU SPACE in Investment Management. It is designed to follow the CFA syllabus and to focus on the current market trends and regulatory progression. This programme attracts a diverse group of students with background from finance, engineering, technology, business, management, government. Tutors are all market practitioners. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management programme covers in details a wide range of financial investment concepts. It has a rigorous syllabus. Students will learn the theories that underlie investment decisions, as well as practical real world case studies; Students will also learn how to apply the knowledge and techniques used by market professionals.  Students with quantatative background will be able to learn the financial theories and concepts much easier in this programme.


Highlights of programme (30 secs):

Graduates of this programme  have satisfied the Institute of Financial Technologist of Asia (IFTA) requirements for qualification and will be admitted to the CFT programme for the exemption of finance modules (1-3) of Level 1.


 Level 1

1. Analytical Tools for Investment Management (30hrs)
2. Financial Management (30hrs)
3. Debt Investments (42hrs)
4. Equity and Alternative Investments (39hrs)
5. Derivative Investments (42hrs)
6. Portfolio Management  (42hrs)

*Please contact programme team for detailed course structure


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1. Analytical Tools for Investment Management - This module combines Quantitative Methods and Macroeconomics, two basic subject areas that students must master to pursue more in-depth study of investment topics. Quantitative Methods will cover time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, probability and statistical concepts, regression analysis and time series. Macroeconomics will cover measurement of GDP and inflation, aggregate demand and supply, Keynesian and Monetary policy and exchange rate determination.

2. Financial Management - This module combines Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis.  Corporate Finance topics include capital budgeting and cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, warrants and convertibles, mergers and acquisition and corporate governance. Financial Statement Analysis teaches the analysis of financial stamens from a user's perspective and includes detailed coverage of major items on the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Current topics in accounting are also included.

3. Debt Investments - This module covers the analysis of various categories of fixed income instruments including bond investments with various embedded options, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and interest rate derivatives. Strategies for managing a fixed income portfolio will also be discussed.

4. Equity and Alternative Investments - This module introduces the most commonly used methods of valuing equities including the discounted dividend valuation approach, free cash flow approach, residual income valuation and the use of price multiples. Alternative investments such as real estate investments, private equity, venture capital and hedge funds will also be taught in this module.

5. Derivative Investments - This module exposes students to the full range of derivative instruments such as forwards, futures, options and swaps. These instruments are analyzed with respect to various underlying assets such as equity, foreign exchange, interest rates, stock indexes and commodities.

6. Portfolio Management - This module provides an in-depth study of the two major portfolio theories – the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Arbitrage Pricing Theory. In addition many current topics in portfolio management will also be covered. These include but are not limited to behavioral finance, strategies for managing personal versus institutional portfolios, ways of rebalancing the investment portfolio, equity indexing, performance measurement and selection of fund managers.


Mr. Laurie Ng, ACMA, CISA and FRM, held senior positions in international banks and top financial institutes, such as Chief Dealer (Treasury) of a Triple-A German bank, Head of Middle Office (Risk Management Department) of a top Japanese bank and CEO of a local securities house. He earned good recognition in risk management frameworks and investment decision making analysis. He got his Bachelor Degree in Economics from CUHK and MS in Finance from CityU HK.

Mr. Yeung. He is currently working in insurance industry specialized in the life insurance area. He has been providing in-house training in financial planning and insurance. Prior, Chris worked in a listed independent financial advisory firm as a wealth management advisor and provided investment recommendation. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Investment Management from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology concentrates on Asset Management. He is also a CFP professional.

Mr. Lo is currently an investment manager for a Chinese-based fund management firm in Hong Kong. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He is also a CFA charterholder. Deep in his heart, he is a Big Data enthusiast. Currently, he is leading Big Data effort in his firm's Hong Kong office. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University's Master of Analytics program, one of the premier master’s program in Big Data. His past projects include improving DVD rental performance for the largest DVD rental kiosks company in the US, creating new credit card default model based on more than 2,000 factors.

Ms. Agnes Tse, CFA, is adept at analyzing the impacts of politics on global financial markets. With Master’s degrees in Business Administration and International Relations, her specializations are in monetary policies and currency markets, as well as geopolitics and energy markets. Currently the Head of Research of Action Forex, one of the top 10 global forex websites, Agnes previously worked as analyst for China Everbright Asset Management focusing on Greater China equity markets. She was later an advisor on the investment strategies of a mutual fund in Daiwa Asset Management. Agnes has been a guest speaker in universities in Hong Kong and Europe on topics of Hong Kong's political environment and the financial markets, and China's soft power.

The following module is being offered in Jan 2020 intake: 2020 Jan Class Schedule

  • Analytical Tools for Investment Management (30hrs + 2hrs exam)
  • Derivative Investments (42hrs + 3hrs exam)

The following module is being offered in May 2020 intake: 2020 May Class Schedule

  • Financial Management (30hrs + 2hrs exam)
  • Portfolio Management (42hrs + 3hrs exam)

The following module is being offered in Sep 2020 intake: 2020 Sep Class Schedule

  • Analytical Tools for Investment Management (30hrs + 2hrs exam)
  • Debt Investments (42hrs + 3hrs exam)

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution. 

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as: 

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or 
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications. 

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee: $6900 per module (* course fees are subject to change without prior notice)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Analytical Tools for Investment Management (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120082 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476
Financial Management (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120090 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476
Debt Investments (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120104 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476
Equity and Alternative Investments (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120112 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476
Derivative Investments (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120120 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476
Portfolio Management (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management)
COURSE CODE 33Z120139 FEES $6,900 ENQUIRY 2867-8476

Continuing Education Fund
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Postgraduate Diploma in Investment Management

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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Enrolment Method

Applicants should fill in the application form and submit it in person to one of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  Applicants should include a non-refundable application fee of HK$150 to cover the cost of processing (Cheques should be crossed and made payable to HKU SPACE”). Please also bring photostat copies of your ID card and relevant transcripts and certificates. Original certificates and transcripts must also be brought to one of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres for certification.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.