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Master of Corporate Governance

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 21047

Faculty of Business
School of Accounting and Finance

Stream Code


Mode of Study Part-time

Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students


Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$238,500 per programme (HK$7,950 per credit) for local students
HK$288,000 per programme (HK$9,600 per credit) for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Sunny Sun
BEcon, PhD

Programme Manager

Dr Bruce Li


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 organisation 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 qualifying programme of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS). Subject to the fulfilments of the membership requirements of HKICS, they may apply for election to the membership for dual qualifications of Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional of The Chartered Governance Institute and 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


* Subject to the University’s minimum enrolment requirement, not all subjects are 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.

These subjects of this programme have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother programme (Master of Corporate Governance) of these subjects is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level[6]).


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.af.polyu.edu.hk/study/master-programmes/mcg.

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

Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings and/or Saturday afternoons.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3232 or (852) 3400 3229
Email: afmcg@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact:
Dr Bruce Li
Tel: (852) 2766 7034
Email: bruce.li@polyu.edu.hk

Programme Leaflet

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