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The PhD programme at the School for Accounting and Finance at PolyU is a rigorous and structured doctoral programme that trains students to make significant contributions on topics related to accounting and finance. The duration of this programme is typically between 4 to 5 years. Our programme encourages diversity, with current and former students from Hong Kong SAR, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Tunisia. A unique feature of our programme is that our students have the flexibility to engage in research in accounting, finance, or both. Our faculty works closely with the students to guide them in publishing in top academic journals. For example, our faculty collaborates actively with students on research projects. Overall, our programme aims to prepare PhD students for a career in academic research and teaching.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
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[Recent awardees]

Normal Track
General Admission Requirements
  • Excellent undergraduate and/or master qualification
  • Good GMAT or GRE results
  • English language requirements
  • Strong research background (e.g., publications)
Study Period
4 years PhD Integrated 2 years MPhil and 3 years PhD
Study Programme Please refer to PhD_programme_structure
Please refer to PhD Sample Lectures
Amount of Monthly Stipend

HK$27,100 per normal study month

HK$18,100 per normal study month

Annual Tuition Fees
($84,200 per year)
Full waiver of tuition fees for normal study period 50% waiver of tuition fees for normal study period
Conference Attendance Grant

HK$13,600 per year during normal study period

HK$25,000 in total for normal study period

i) Initial application to the Research Grants Council (RGC) through the HKPFS Electronic System to obtain a HKPFS reference number
(Application Period: 1 September 2022 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time to 1 December 2022 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time.)

ii) Full application to PolyU via Web Application System  
(Deadline: 23:59 Hong Kong time on 1 December 2022)

i) Full application to PolyU via Web Application System 
(Deadline: 23:59 Hong Kong time on 1 December 2022)

PhD Programme Directors Email
Prof. Jie CAO (Programme Director)
Prof. Walid SAFFAR (Co-Director) 

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