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Doctor of FinTech

Jan 2023 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$851,700 per programme (HK$16,700 per credit) for local and non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. Wilson Tong
BSocSc, MIM, PhD

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 (i.e. Form AR9) 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 pooled resources of different faculties.
  • Integrate academic study, applied research and management practice.
  • Embrace digital transformation and technological innovations.
  • Explore the potential of digital economics and finance.
  • Delve into artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship.



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 Residentials, and passed 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 a mandatory 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 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) 2766 7889


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof Wilson Tong, Programme Director
Tel: (852) 2766 4399

Student Message

Student Message

The DFinTech programme equips me with a multi-disciplinary mindset of approaching problems from different perspectives. I learn not only how to use digital technologies and other cutting-edge technologies relating to artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, digital supply chain management, smart cities technologies, digital marketing etc., but also how to integrate knowledge with my business practices to enhance strategic management and leadership.

WONG Man Wa, Raymond, LLB., PCLL, MSc(Real Estate)(distinction), Solicitor Senior General Manager, Sales Department Henderson Land Development Company Limited

The DFinTech programme is inspiring in every aspect and arouses enthusiasm in each lecture. The professors are subject matter experts in their fields and the interactive questions motivate learning. There is exceptional knowledge sharing among classmates from diverse backgrounds and professions. The conclusive research thesis highlights the integration of academic knowledge into innovative business practices.

TO Kai Man, Clarence, EMBA, B.Comp Sci, B. Bus. Admin, Senior Asia Pacific Risk Program Manager, HSBC

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.

Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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