Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)




Note to Applicants

An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and would reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

The Master of Corporate Governance (MCG) programme aims to equip corporate administrators, including chief executive officers, directors, financial controllers, treasurers, company secretaries and holders of key corporate positions, with a sound knowledge of, and competency in corporate governance so that they can effectively participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of corporate financial policies and strategies.


On completion of the MCG programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of business ethics pertaining to various corporate governance issues;

  • Comprehend best practices in respect of corporate governance, as required to achieve higher standards of corporate behaviour;

  • Develop a critical law and regulation insight and appreciate the role of law and regulation in corporate governance;

  • Apply the corporate accounting and finance concepts and financial reporting practices in accounting and financial planning, control and decision making;

  • Explain and apply current Hong Kong taxation law and practices to advise on tax implications in corporate management and decision making;

  • Comprehend and appreciate the legal aspects involved in company matters, the corporate governance system and boardroom dynamics of both Hong Kong and PRC companies;

  • Explain and apply different approaches to advise stakeholders on the use of risk frameworks to appraise, evaluate and support risk management at the board, company and group levels; and

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the applications and implications of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, etc. on various corporate governance issues.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates of the programme may be eligible for full exemption from the qualifying programme of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (HKCGI). Subject to the fulfilments of the membership requirements of HKCGI, they may apply for election to the membership for dual qualifications of Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional of The Chartered Governance Institute and HKCGI.


  • Students must complete 6 Core Subjects (18 credits) and 4 Elective Subjects (12 credits).
  • A total of 30 credits are required for the Master of Corporate Governance award.

Core Subjects

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law+
  • Financial Information Analysis
  • Business Risk Management
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Organisation Management and Strategy+

Elective Subjects^

  • Advanced Corporate Governance
  • Business Analytics in Accounting and Finance
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting Information Systems
  • Corporate Taxation and Tax Planning+
  • Securities Regulations and Practice
  • Strategic China Tax Planning and Management
  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Economic Law and System of the PRC
  • Corporate Administration+


Not all subjects will be offered each year and it is subject to staffing resources and student enrolment.

These subjects of this programme have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother programme (Master of Corporate Governance) of these subjects is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level[6]).


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/af/study/MCG.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Bruce LI

Subject Area
Corporate Governance
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, or the equivalent.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with relevant working experience, but it is not a must.


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 University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 4015
Email: afmcg@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact:
Dr Bruce LI
Tel: (852) 2766 7027
Email: bruce.li@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information
  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday daytime and / or evening.

  • 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.

Initial Registration Credits


Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.

Tuition Fee

HK$304,500 per programme (HK$10,150 per credit) for local students
HK$318,000 per programme (HK$10,600 per credit) for non-local students

Student Message

The Corporate Governance programme was comprehensive, covering subjects such as tax, investment, management accounting and strategy. It was very practical and relevant to my day-to-day work.

Arthur Lee Kin

As a PolyU graduate, I know that the university focuses on practicality and helps students to build networks. The guest lectures were good opportunities for interacting with people such as Hong Kong, US and mainland Chinese regulators. I learned how to conduct AGMs and board meetings and gained extensive practical experience.

Julian Leung Ho Yan

Learning is much more than simply acquiring knowledge and professional qualifications. It is through learning that one is able to distinguish right from wrong, and to enhance critical thinking.

Lai On Ki

The programme helped me gain a professional qualification and develop analytical and critical thinking skills. It was the best platform for sharing knowledge and updates on work situations between professors, professionals and students.

Kwong Wing Yan

This programme equipped me with skills and knowledge applicable to solving problems in accounting, governance and legal functions. It also enabled me to obtain the professional qualification of Chartered Secretary.

Woo Ka Man Stella

In addition to acquiring knowledge, group projects enabled me to hone my interpersonal and presentation skills and to develop friendships with my fantastic teammates.


I learnt more than just theories, rules and regulations. Analytical skills are crucial for facilitating governance in the corporate environment in my profession.

OR Kam Ting

MCG at PolyU puts theory into practice. Lectures were essential for laying the foundation of my professional expertise and knowledge, enabling me to accumulate invaluable market-based assets and advance my development in corporate finance and in deal structuring.

CHUI Tsan Kit

Good corporate governance is now a top priority for many boards, due to the enhanced risk management regulatory requirements of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and other regulators. This MCG programme provides me with intelligent insights from faculty members and fellow classmates. It also enables me to consolidate what I have learned into practical contributions to my industry’s regulatory development. This is indeed a unique and rewarding journey that I would recommend to anyone who desires to attain a management position.

LAU Ka Yee Joyce
Additional Documents Required
Personal Statement

One A4-sized page at maximum

Transcript / Certificate

Copies of graduation certificate, official academic transcripts of studies and supporting document for the current/most recent employment are required.

  • Copies of certificates of your membership(s) with professional bodies, e.g. Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute and The Chartered Governance Institute, if any.

  • Applicants with any non-English certificates should also submit a set of corresponding official English-translated copies for reference.

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