Master of Corporate Governance

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 21047

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$150,000 per programme

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Sunny Sun
BEcon, PhD

Programme Manager

Ms Tam Ching-Yee


Note to Applicants
An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and would reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.

Aims & Characteristics

The Master of Corporate Governance (MCG) programme aims to provide an educational pathway for business or business-related degree graduates to specialise in corporate governance. It equips corporate administrators, including chief executive officers, directors, financial controllers, treasurers, company secretaries and holders of other key corporate positions, with a sound knowledge of, and competency in, corporate governance so that they can effectively participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of corporate financial policies and strategies.


On completion of the MCG programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of business ethics pertaining to various corporate governance issues;
  • Comprehend best practices in respect of corporate governance, as required to achieve higher standards of corporate behaviour;
  • Develop a critical law and regulation insight and appreciate the role of law and regulation in corporate governance;
  • Apply the corporate accounting and finance concepts and financial reporting practices in accounting and financial planning, control and decision making;
  • Comprehend and appreciate management accounting controls, information systems, principles of organization and strategy theories and their application to corporate management;
  • Explain and apply current Hong Kong taxation law and practices to advise on tax implications in corporate management and decision making;
  • Comprehend and appreciate the legal aspects involved in company matters and the corporate governance system of both Hong Kong and PRC companies; and
  • Fulfil exemption requirements of relevant professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS).

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates of the programme may be eligible for full exemption from the examination requirements of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS). However, graduates of this programme who have registered with the HKICS on or after 1 November 2002 and have already attempted but failed any HKICS examination paper(s) should check with these professional bodies about exemption from those failed paper(s) even if they successfully graduate from this programme.


Graduates of the programme may also be eligible for professional examination exemption in respect of other professional bodies, such as ACCA, CPA(Australia), and the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK).


  • Students must complete 9 Compulsory Subjects (27 credits) and 1 Elective Subject (3 credits).
  • A total of 30 credits is required for the Master of Corporate Governance award.
  • Normally, students take two subjects in each of Semesters 1 and 2, and one subject in the Summer Term.


Year One (15 credits)
Semester 1

  • Corporate Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Law


Semester 2

  • Corporate Taxation & Tax Planning
  • Organisation Management & Strategy


Summer Term

  • Managerial Accounting & Information Systems


Year Two (15 credits)
Semester 1

  • Corporate Administration
  • Corporate Governance


Semester 2

  • Corporate Finance & Policies
  • Elective Subjects* (any one):
    • Business Risk Management
    • Securities Regulations & Practice
    • Strategic China Tax Planning & Management


Summer Term

  • Contemporary Issues in Corporate Governance


* In line with the University's minimum enrolment requirement, not all subjects will be offered each year. Registration is subject to the availability of places.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in a business or business-related discipline awarded by a recognised university, or other qualifications deemed equivalent by the Admissions Committee;
  • To meet the minimum entrance requirements, applicants should have studied basic accounting and law or business law at the undergraduate level.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.

Other Information

  • The programme has been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.
  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings and/or Saturday afternoons.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3232 or (852) 3400 3229


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Ms Tam Ching-Yee
Tel: (852) 2766 4056

Student Message

The Corporate Governance programme was comprehensive, covering subjects such as tax, investment, management accounting and strategy. It was very practical and relevant to my day-to-day work.

Arthur Lee Kin

As a PolyU graduate, I know that the university focuses on practicality and helps students to build networks. The guest lectures were good opportunities for interacting with people such as Kong Kong, US and mainland Chinese regulators. I learned how to conduct AGMs and board meetings and gained extensive practical experience.

Julian Leung Ho Yan

Learning is much more than simply acquiring knowledge and professional qualifications. It is through learning that one is able to distinguish right from wrong, and to enhance critical thinking.

Lai On Ki

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

One A4-sized page at maximum

Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate

Copies of graduation certificate, official academic transcripts of studies and supporting document for the current/most recent employment are required.


  • Copies of certificates of your membership(s) with professional bodies, e.g. Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Hong Kong Institute of Company Secretaries and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, if any.
  • Applicants with any non-English certificates should also submit a set of corresponding official English-translated copies for reference.

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