Doctor of FinTech

Jan 2024 Entry
Programme code: 02014

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$897,600 per programme (HK$17,600 per credit) for local and non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. LIM Kai

Deputy Programme Director

Dr Steven Wei
BSc, MA, MSc, PhD

  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration should submit an application via eStudent to Research and Postgraduate Studies Section of the Faculty for consideration.


Note to Applicants

  • We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The DFinTech Programme aims to educate top executives and business entrepreneurs who are interested in understanding the FinTech impacts on various industries. It has been designed to integrate academic study and management practice in a way which will form a significant part of an individual’s business career.  

  • Acquire a solid understanding of the impacts of digital transformation and technological innovations on the business world today with ethical implications.
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of digital technologies in the financial industry.
  • Acquire the ability to conduct original applied research in tech-related business areas.



International Collaboration

To enhance its international dimension and academic vigour, PolyU DFinTech collaborates with IMD business school in Switzerland to provide opportunities for students to join their Digital Transformation programme.


Technological Element in the Curriculum

To help students embrace technological changes and digital transformation, five elements, namely Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Data Science, and Entrepreneurship, have been embedded across a wide range of subjects.


Our curriculum is aimed at fostering awareness about the impact of technology innovations in addition to enabling students to handle data and adopt technology to tackle business and organisational issues while enhancing management and leadership.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

  • Pioneering FinTech doctorate in the world.
  • Benefit from pooling resources from different faculties of the university.
  • Integrate academic study, applied research and management practice.
  • Embrace digital transformation and technological innovations.
  • Explore the potentials and promises of digital technology in business.
  • Become part of an elite network of over 600 alumni and students.



Programme Structure

  • PolyU DFinTech is a part-time credit-based programme.
  • Students are required to complete 51 credits, composed of 8 taught subjects (a total of 24 credits), 2 Residentials (1 credit for DFinTech Residential 1; 2 credits for DFinTech Residential 2) and a Thesis (8 credits for DFinTech Thesis I; 16 credits for DFinTech Thesis II).
  • All taught subjects are at an advanced level, and students are assumed to have prior knowledge of each subject area.
  • There is a possible exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed 8 taught subjects and 2 compulsory DFinTech Residentials, and passed DFinTech Thesis I (thesis proposal presentation) (a total of 35 credits).
  • The curriculum includes technological elements as qualitative and experimental approaches to AI and entrepreneurship research as well as the impacts of digital transformation and technological innovations on business today, including their ethical implications.


Compulsory Subjects^

  • Research and Design for Thesis
  • DFinTech Residential 1
  • DFinTech Residential 2
  • DFinTech Thesis I
  • DFinTech Thesis II


Core Subjects^ (any one)

  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research


Elective Subjects^ (any six)

  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Cryptography and Blockchain 
  • Digital Supply Chain Management
  • Economics of FinTech
  • Independent Studies in FinTech*
  • Management and Marketing in the Digital World
  • Overseas Executive Programmes
  • Smart City and Urban Informatics



* Independent Studies in FinTech is only offered to students who are unable to follow the normal pattern of study of this programme due to exceptional circumstances such as illness or posting to work outside Hong Kong. They can enrol in this subject in a specified semester.

^ 1. Subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on, not all subjects will be offered.  And, registration is subject to the availability of quota.

   2. Programme structure and the subject details (e.g. subject description form, offering pattern, class timetable etc.) are subject to review and change from time to time.


Attendance at the 2 Residentials is compulsory.


DFinTech Residential 1 is an orientation workshop scheduled for the beginning of the programme.


DFinTech Residential 2 is a research workshop normally held in September/October to give students an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and to prepare them for writing the theses.



Students must pass the Compulsory Subject, 1 Core Subject and at least 4 taught Elective Subjects before beginning their theses. They need to integrate and apply what they have learned to critically and rigorously examine a topic of interest. They are challenged to make an important contribution and/or provide innovative insights for management practice.


The latest information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • A Master’s degree, preferably in a business-related or IT-related area; and
  • Substantial managerial experience (at least 5 years) at a senior management level.
  • Candidates in senior management or senior IT-related positions possessing a recognised first degree and membership of a recognised professional body may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interviews.

Other Information

Other Information

Class Schedule

  • Most classes are scheduled on weekends, subject to the final arrangements of the programme.



For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3234 or (852) 3400 3373


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. LIM Kai, Programme Director
Tel: (852) 2766 7383

Student Message

Student Message

For practitioners like me with a technology background, the PolyU DFinTech has given me a deeper understanding of the financial industry. It’s helped me to better use AI, blockchain, and big data to empower the financial industry. Especially during the current wave of digital transformation, FinTech ideas and technologies can also be extended to other industries and drive business change.

HUANG Zhangcheng, William, (BEng, MSc), Senior Manager, Ping An Technology

The PolyU DFinTech not only focuses on financial technology, but also covers other business technology practices. As a candidate with a non-financial professional background, the programme has broadened my knowledge of business and management technologies, such as block chain applications; given me new perspectives on macro and micro global supply chains; and given me the technical know how to conduct qualitative research. By merging academic study, research skills and practical knowledge, it’s given me another way to expand my business and leadership expertise.

Ir LEE Kin Ho, Henry, (BEng(Hons), EMBA, CEng, IntPE(UK), MHKIE, MIMechE, MIET), General Manager, VTech Communications Limited

The PolyU DFinTech offers insights into current and upcoming technologies, and a glimpse into the future of FinTech, the economy, and our society.


The journey is undoubtedly challenging, but the knowledge and inspiration I’ve acquired from this programme have made all the sacrifices worthwhile.

SUEK Ka Lun, Ernie, (EMBA), Chairman, Neway Group Holdings Limited

The PolyU DFinTech has been a highly rewarding learning experience for me. The cross-disciplinary programme has introduced me to how FinTech is reshaping the financial services landscape, taught me how to apply findings and insights across different industries and organisations, and given me access to experts on key topics such as big data analytics, AI, blockchain, smart city and digital supply chain management.

WEI, Lucy, (BA(Economics)), Manager, Prudential plc

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Transcript / Certificate



Candidates are also required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  • A proposal in the FinTech area (1,200 -2,000 words)
  • Proof of employment (at least 5 years)
  • Your academic qualifications (such as graduation certificates, transcripts of studies, etc.) that are not in English should be accompanied by an official certified English- translation

​Provision of additional documents may be required if deemed necessary. 

An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and will reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and enclose all necessary documents.

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