Master of Science in Accounting and Finance Analytics
Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 21052
Duration & Credit Requirement
1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)
HK$196,500 per programme (HK$6,550 per credit) for local students
HK$263,100 per programme (HK$8,770 per credit) for non-local students
Dr Tian Feng
Dr Justin Law
- 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 year and part-time in 2 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.
- Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to Departments/Faculties for consideration, as appropriate.
- 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 programme aims to provide students with a combination of core knowledge in accounting and finance and skills in applying data analytics and technology to the related practices. It facilitates practitioners in accounting and finance to keep up with the latest data analytics applications and skills.
The programme emphasises:
- basic skills and knowledge of data analytics in accounting and finance;
- core knowledge in accounting and finance;
- applications of data analytics in accounting and finance;
- systematic training and development of data analytics skills and capability in solving business problems in accounting and finance;
- enhancement of ability to solve accounting and finance problems using big data.
Recognition & Prospects
To obtain the MSc, students complete 9 Compulsory Subjects, 1 Elective (30 credits).
Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) upon completing 7 Compulsory Subjects (21 credits).
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). In general, one evening class per week will be scheduled for each subject in Semesters 1 and 2.
Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time in 1 year and part-time in 2 years. Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option and the duration of study will be subject to class quota availability.
The programme offers a semi-structured progression pattern, and students are encouraged to follow the pattern to benefit from a cohort-based study and to graduate within 1 year for the full-time option, or within 2 years for the part-time option.
Compulsory Subjects for MSc and PgD (21 credits)
- Accounting for Business Analysis
- Contemporary Issues in Accounting Information Systems
- Principles of Corporate Finance
- Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance
- Applications of Computing and Technology in Accounting and Finance I
- Business Analytics in Accounting and Finance
Compulsory Subjects for MSc (6 credits)
- Financial Analysis and Valuation with Programming
- Applications of Computing and Technology in Accounting and Finance II
Elective Subjects for MSc (any one) (3 credits)+
- Accounting and Financial Analytics Project
- Auditing Framework
- Corporate Risk Management
- Derivative Securities
- Fixed Income Securities
- Management Accounting
- Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
- Business Intelligence and Decisions
- Data Structures and Database Systems
- Artificial Intelligence Concepts
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://af.polyu.edu.hk/study/master-programmes/afa.
+ Subject to the University's minimum enrolment requirement, not all subjects will be offered each year. Registration is subject to the availability of quota. The School of Accounting and Finance reserves the right to revise or withdraw the offer of any subject.
- A Bachelor’s degree;
- Preference will be given to applicants with a business degree who are equipped with some fundamental training in computing or graduates with a background in computing, science or engineering.
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 of Study@PolyU for details.
Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.
- 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.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
Copies of certificates and academic transcripts are required.
Copies of all relevant professional qualifications, e.g. Membership(s) of HKICPA, AICPA, ACCA, CPA Australia, etc (if any).