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What will I learn?

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 related practices. It helps practitioners in accounting and finance to keep up with the latest data analytics applications and skills.

The programme emphasises:

  • the skills and knowledge needed to perform data analytics in accounting and finance;
  • core knowledge in accounting and finance;
  • applications of data analytics in accounting and finance;
  • systematic training in and development of data analytics skills and ability to solve business problems in accounting and finance; and
  • the ability to exploit opportunities offered by big data to solve accounting, finance and business problems.

Recognition & Prospects

To obtain the MSc, students must complete 9 Compulsory Subjects and 1 Elective (30 credits).

Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) upon completing 7 Compulsory Subjects (21 credits).


Students can take either a full-time study load (9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (fewer 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
  • Investments
  • 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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$294,000.00 (29,74,203) per year
HK $9,800 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;

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 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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