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What will I learn?

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.


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).


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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK $288,000 per programme (HK $9,600 per credit)
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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