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MSc in Accountancy (Mixed-mode) (Programme code: 21049-AFM/APM)

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.


Collaboration 

In 1999, the University had reached a training and research collaboration agreement with the National Audit Office (NAO) on the Chinese mainland. Academic training at a master’s level will be provided to NAO employees in Hong Kong. Since the 2001/02 academic year, a limited number of suitable NAO employees have enrolled into the programme each year.

Fee 

HK$159,000 per programme (30 credits) for local students.
HK$213,000 per programme (30 credits) for non-local students.

Student Visa, Accommodation and other Information for Non-local Students

Non-local students must obtain a valid student visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department before being allowed to register as students or commence study with PolyU.

Student residence in universities is in high demand in Hong Kong and, as such, our Student Halls of Residence is unable to meet the needs of all our students.  Our Centre STARS has gathered some information on alternative accommodation in order to offer some help to taught postgraduate students.  Please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hall/index.php/non-local-students/off-campus-housing for details.  You may also contact STARS' hotline at (852) 3159 0000 if you need further assistance on accommodation arrangements.

For information on living cost and related expenses in Hong Kong, please refer to http://www.polyu.edu.hk/miss/.

 

Admissions Procedures

From late September to April of each year. Please refer to Study @ PolyU website for the application deadlines of individual programmes.

 

Enquiries

For further information, please contact:

Ms Kee Wong Tel: (852) 3400 3379
Email: afacc@polyu.edu.hk

For information on academic matters, please contact:

Dr Anson Wong Tel: (852)3400 3451
Email: anson.wong@polyu.edu.hk


Current students can refer to the Definitive Programme Document for more details about the programme.

 

This programme familiarizes you with contemporary and up-to-date accounting knowledge and issues. It aims to build up your accounting knowledge base, enabling you to develop sound analytical skills and judgement, and make efficient and effective business decisions.

- 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 working experience.
Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.

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).

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the departments concerned*. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency. 

For applicants with qualifications obtained in Taiwan, a pass in the High-Intermediate level or above in GEPT may be considered as having fulfilled the English language requirements. Please contact us at asadmpg@polyu.edu.hk for details.

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).

Non-dissertation Option
Dissertation Option
Core Subjects
(4 subjects - 12 credits)
  • AF5102 Accounting Theory
  • AF5110 Theory and Practice of Accounting in China*
  • AF5203 Contemporary Issues in Accounting Information Systems*
  • AF5908 Applied Econometric Methods in Accounting and Finance Research
Restricted Elective Subjects
(any 6 subjects – 18 credits)
  • AF5103 Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting  
  • AF5104 International Accounting
  • AF5106 Seminar in Management Accounting Research
  • AF5202 Contemporary Issues in Attestation and Assurance Services
  • AF5204 Contemporary Issues in Information Systems Audit and Control
  • AF5208 Taxation Management in Hong Kong and China
  • AF5318 Financial Management
  • AF5324 Theories and Models in Finance
  • AF5325 Seminar in Financial Reporting and Capital Markets Research
  • AF5512 The Legal System and Economic Law in China
  • AF5611 Business Environment in China
  • MM501 Research Methods
Restricted Elective Subjects
(any 3 subjects – 9 credits)
  • AF5103 Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting  
  • AF5104 International Accounting
  • AF5106 Seminar in Management Accounting Research
  • AF5202 Contemporary Issues in Attestation and Assurance Services
  • AF5204 Contemporary Issues in Information Systems Audit and Control
  • AF5208 Taxation Management in Hong Kong and China
  • AF5318 Financial Management
  • AF5324 Theories and Models in Finance
  • AF5325 Seminar in Financial Reporting and Capital Markets Research
  • AF5512 The Legal System and Economic Law in China
  • AF5611 Business Environment in China
  • MM501 Research Methods
 
Dissertation Subject
(9 credits)
  • AF5910 AC Dissertation

# The offering of subjects is subject to class quota availability.

 

Subjects marked with* have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.

Students at MSc level are allowed to choose at most 1 elective, equivalent to 3 credits, from the Common Pool to fulfill the elective requirements of the programme. Please visit the website 
http://www.polyu.edu.hk/fb/pg/commonpool for subject lists and subject syllabuses.

Students should strictly comply with the prescriptions of the programme curriculum when performing subject registration. Those who fail to meet the programme requirements will NOT be allowed to graduate.

Credit transfer/exemption will not be granted for subjects chosen from the Common Pool, unless the elective subject concerned falls within the programme curriculum. Please note that not all subjects will be offered every year and registration is subject to the availability of quota. Please refer to the AS's eStudent Page for subject details (e.g. subject syllabus, offering semester, class timetable).


Mode of Study and Duration

Mode of Study: Mixed-mode

Students can pursue their studies in 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 pattern to benefit from a cohort-based study and to graduate within 1.5 years for the full-time option, or within 2.5 years for the part-time option.