Master of Science in Accountancy
會計學理學碩士學位


Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 21049

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

AFM (Full-time)
APM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

6

Tuition Fee

HK$150,000 per programme for local students
HK$201,900 per programme for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Zhang Yong
PhD

Remarks
  • Mode of study: Mixed-mode. Students can pursue their studies in either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (taking less than 9 credits in a semester). Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time in 1 to 1.5 years and part-time in 2 to 2.5 years with a maximum study period of 5 years. Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option, and the duration will be subject to class quota availability.
  • 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

Programme Aims

This programme familiarises students with contemporary and up-to-date accounting knowledge and issues. It aims to build up their accounting knowledge base, enabling them to develop sound analytical skills and judgement, and make efficient and effective business decisions. 

 

Characteristics

This is a flexible specialist programme providing a progressive and deepening understanding of major accounting issues for accounting practitioners and executives. The focus is on real world-related and contemporary academic studies, and practical applications. Two of the key elements are PRC accounting and the contemporary application of information systems in accounting. 

Recognition & Prospects

  • The programme adopts both a deepening and broadening approach in enhancing students' knowledge and skills. The deepening approach is adopted for most of the Core Subjects, whereas a mix of deepening and broadening approaches are applied to Elective Subjects.
  • To obtain the MSc, students are required to complete 4 Core Subjects, 3 Elective Subjects and either a Dissertation or 3 additional Elective Subjects (30 credits).
  • Those who are unable to complete the MSc programme may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma upon completing 4 Core Subjects and 3 Elective Subjects (21 credits), or a Postgraduate Certificate upon completing 4 Core Subjects (12 credits).

Curriculum

Students can pursue their studies with either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (taking less than 9 credits in a semester). In general, one evening class per week will be scheduled for each subject in Semesters 1 and 2 and two evening classes per week in an optional Summer Term.

 

Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time in 1 to 1.5 years and part-time in 2 to 2.5 years with a maximum study period of 5 years. Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option and the duration will be subject to class quota availability.

 

The programme offers structured progression patterns, and students are highly encouraged to follow the patterns to benefit from a cohort-based study and to graduate within 1-1.5 years for the full-time option, or within 2.5 years for the part-time option. 

 

The following is a summary of the core areas of study. Detailed information will be provided upon registration.

Core Subjects+

  • Accounting Theory
  • Applied Econometric Methods in Accounting & Finance Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting Information Systems*
  • Theory & Practice of Accounting in China*

 

Elective Subjects+

  • Business Environment in China
  • Contemporary Issues in Attestation & Assurance Services
  • Contemporary Issues in Information Systems Audit & Control
  • Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • International Accounting
  • Research Methods
  • Seminar in Financial Reporting & Capital Markets Research
  • Taxation Management in Hong Kong & China
  • The Legal System & Economic Law in China
  • Theories & Models in Finance
  • AC Dissertation (9 credits)

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.af.polyu.edu.hk/pgprog/acc.

 

+ Subjects are offered according to class quota availability.

* Two subjects (with * in the Core Subjects section) of this programme have been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses. 

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in accounting or other relevant disciplines;
    OR
  • Equivalent professional qualifications.

 

Preference will be given to applicants with at least one year of relevant work experience.

 

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

  • Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.
  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in three semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year.
  • Student visa, accommodation and other information for non-local students:
    1. Non-local students must obtain a valid student visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department before being allowed to register as students or commence study with PolyU.
    2. For information on accommodation, please refer to www.polyu.edu.hk/hall/nls/nls_sfnls.htm.

Enquiries

For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3229 or (852) 3400 3379
Email: afacc@polyu.edu.hk

 

For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Zhang Yong
Tel: (852) 3400 3452
Email: yong.zhang@polyu.edu.hk
Website: www.af.polyu.edu.hk/pgprog/acc
Online application: www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Student Message


I acquired academic research knowledge through the MSc in Accountancy. I am an accounting teacher. The research ability and teaching skills that I gained will accelerate my career advancement. The most important thing this programme taught me is that we should ensure integrity throughout our careers.


Xu Xin



Reading academic papers and presenting the results of our own research were most rewarding though challenging aspects of studying in the Accountancy programme.  Through these activities, I developed analytical and critical thinking.  The knowledge I gained of Hong Kong taxation and China accounting practices, and IT control and accounting information systems, is particularly useful to me.


Adam Chin Ka Chun



Given my heavy study load, learning how to manage my time, expand my thinking and cooperate with others have made this programme the experience of a lifetime.


He Jing



Additional Documents Required


Programme Leaflet

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Transcript / Certificate

Copies of certificates and academic transcripts are required. 

Others

Copies of all relevant professional qualifications, e.g. Membership(s) of HKICPA, AICPA, ACCA, CPA Australia, etc (if any). 


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