School of Accounting and Finance

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2021 Entry


Our research programmes are designed to prepare students for a career in academic research and teaching. The programmes are broad-based and provide a rigorous foundation on which the students can build an academic career of their choice.


Our research programmes are:


  1. 2+3 Integrated Programme (2-year MPhil followed by a 3-year PhD programme) -  Student will first complete an MPhil programme. After successful completion of the MPhil programme, student will transit to the PhD programme. Hence, the MPhil programme is an integrated part of the PhD programme. The 2+3 Integrated Programme enables the student to train for longer, which improves his/her research knowledge, his/her research record, and increases his/her chances of obtaining a better academic position when he/she graduates.


  2. Direct-entry PhD Programme - Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) awardees and MPhil graduates of FB, PolyU will be admitted to the direct-entry PhD programme. Other students will normally enter the 2+3 Integrated Programme instead, so as to be trained for longer as indicated above. 


For details of programme structures and entrance requirements of the University and our Faculty, please refer to

Research Areas

Accounting and Auditing

Prof. Jeffrey Ng(852) 2766

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Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing

Prof. Walid Saffar(852) 2766

Please click here to find out more about the research interests of our School of Accounting and Finance.

Research Facilities

  • AF currently subscribes to more than 30 databases to support the research of faculty members and research students. These databases include the CRSP, COMPUSTAT, AuditAnalytics, BoardEx, I/B/E/S, Datastream and CSMAR (China Stock Market & Accounting Research Database).
  • The AF research office (AFRO) also builds proprietary data and provides research assistance.
  • The Centre for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance (CESEF) offers opportunities to conduct cutting-edge academic research on economic sustainability, entrepreneurial finance and internet finance.

Other Information

For enquiries, please contact:


School of Accounting and Finance
Tel: (852) 2766 7049


Research and Postgraduate Studies Section, Faculty of Business
Tel: (852) 2766 7087

Supporting Documents

Academic Referee's Report

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Research Proposal


  • A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.
  • Please provide prior research work.

Transcript / Certificate



GMAT or GRE results are required.