Faculty of Business

Jan 2025 Entry


3 years



  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration should submit an application to the Faculty of Business for consideration.


Note to Applicants

  • We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

Application Deadline
Local - Part-time
Jan 2025 Entry - 30-Aug-2024
Non-local - Part-time
Jan 2025 Entry - 30-Aug-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to educate top executives and business entrepreneurs who are interested in understanding the FinTech impacts on various industries. It has been designed to integrate academic study and management practice in a way which will form a significant part of an individual’s business career.  


On completion of the programme, students will be able to advance their knowledge, skills and intellectual abilities as defined in the broad learning outcomes which are underpinned by specific learning objectives below:


General Business Knowledge

  • Acquire a solid understanding of the impacts of digital transformation and technological innovations on the business world today with ethical implications.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of digital technologies in the financial industry.

Applied Research

  • Acquire the ability to conduct original applied research in tech-related business areas.






The Faculty of Business was accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 2010 in recognition of our business education. 



The Faculty of Business was accredited by EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) in 2007 in recognition of our programmes, research and associated activities. 


International Collaboration

To increase the international exposure and academic vigour of the programme, students have the opportunity to participate in a digital transformation programme with the IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Executive Education Courses offered by The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in the U.K.. 


IMD is ranked among top 3 for executive education in the world for ten years in a row (2012-2022) by the Financial Times. 


LSE has been ranked top in Europe, and second in the world, in social science and management subjects for the ninth consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.


Technological Element in the Curriculum

To help students embrace technological changes and digital transformation, five topics, namely artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, data science and entrepreneurship, have been embedded in the programme across a wide range of subjects.


Our curriculum is aimed at fostering awareness about the impact of technology innovations in addition to enabling students to handle data and adopt technology to tackle business and organisational issues while enhancing management and leadership.

Recognition & Prospects
  • Pioneering FinTech doctorate in the world

  • Benefit from pooling resources from different faculties of the university

  • Integrate academic study, applied research and management practice

  • Embrace digital transformation and technological innovations

  • Explore the potentials and promises of digital technology in all organisations

  • Become part of an elite network of over 600 alumni and students


Programme Structure

  • Students must complete 51 credits including:

    • 24 credits of coursework: 3 Compulsory and 5 Elective Subjects (3 credits each) 

    • 3 credits of Residentials: Residential 1 (1 credit) and Residential 2 (2 credits)

    • 24 credits of Thesis: Thesis I (8 credits) and Thesis II (16 credits)

  • All taught subjects are at an advanced level, and students are assumed to have prior knowledge of each subject area.

  • There is an exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed 24 credits of subjects, 3 credits of two compulsory Residentials and passed the 8 credits of Thesis I (35 credits in total).

  • The curriculum includes technological elements as qualitative and experimental approaches to AI and entrepreneurship research as well as the impacts of digital transformation and technological innovations on business today, including their ethical implications.


Coursework (24 credits)


Compulsory Subjects^

  • Research and Design for Thesis
  • Applied Business Research Methods I
  • Applied Business Research Methods II
  • DFinTech Residential 1
  • DFinTech Residential 2
  • DFinTech Thesis I
  • DFinTech Thesis II


Elective Subjects^ (any five)

  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Cryptography and Blockchain 
  • Digital Supply Chain Management
  • Economics of FinTech
  • Independent Studies in FinTech*
  • Management and Marketing in the Digital World
  • Overseas Executive Programmes
  • Smart City and Urban Informatics



^ 1. Subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on, not all subjects will be offered.  And, registration is subject to the availability of quota.

   2. Programme structure and the subject details (e.g. subject description form, offering pattern, class timetable etc.) are subject to review and change from time to time.

* Independent Studies in FinTech is only offered to students who are unable to follow the normal pattern of study of this programme due to exceptional circumstances such as illness or posting to work outside Hong Kong. They can enrol in this subject in a specified semester.


Residentials (3 credits)


DFinTech Residentials

Attendance at the 2 DFinTech Residentials is compulsory.


DFinTech Residential 1 is an orientation workshop scheduled for the beginning of the programme.


DFinTech Residential 2 is a research workshop normally held after students have completed all the required subjects. The main purpose of the workshop is to give students an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and prepare them for writing their theses. 


Thesis (24 credits)


DFinTech Thesis

Students must pass the 3 Compulsory Subjects and at least 3 Elective Subjects before beginning their theses. They integrate and apply what they have learned to critically and rigorously examine a topic of interest in the field of business or management. They are challenged to make an important contribution and/or provide innovative insights to the practice of management.


The latest information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fb/study/tpg-landing/tpg/dfintech/.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. LIM Kai


Deputy Programme Director

Dr Steven Wei
BSc, MA, MSc, PhD

Subject Area
Entrance Requirements
  • A Master’s degree, preferably in a business-related or IT-related area; and

  • Substantial managerial experience (at least 5 years) at a senior management level.

  • Candidates in senior management or senior IT-related positions possessing a recognised first degree and membership of a recognised professional body may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If the applicants are not a native speaker of English, and do not possess a Bachelor’s or Master's degree or equivalent qualification which is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is English, they are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interviews.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3234 or (852) 3400 3373
Email: fbdft@polyu.edu.hk


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Steven WEI, Deputy Programme Director
Tel: (852) 2766 7056
Email: steven.wei@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information

Class Schedule

  • Most classes are scheduled on weekends, subject to the final arrangement of the programme.

Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$943,500 per programme (HK$18,500 per credit) for local and non-local students

Student Message

For practitioners like me with a technology background, the PolyU DFinTech has given me a deeper understanding of the financial industry. It’s helped me to better use AI, blockchain, and big data to empower the financial industry. Especially during the current wave of digital transformation, FinTech ideas and technologies can also be extended to other industries and drive business change.

HUANG Zhangcheng, William, (BEng, MSc), Senior Manager, Ping An Technology

The PolyU DFinTech not only focuses on financial technology, but also covers other business technology practices. As a candidate with a non-financial professional background, the programme has broadened my knowledge of business and management technologies, such as block chain applications; given me new perspectives on macro and micro global supply chains; and given me the technical know how to conduct qualitative research. By merging academic study, research skills and practical knowledge, it’s given me another way to expand my business and leadership expertise.

Ir LEE Kin Ho, Henry, (BEng(Hons), EMBA, CEng, IntPE(UK), MHKIE, MIMechE, MIET), General Manager, VTech Communications Limited

The PolyU DFinTech has been a highly rewarding learning experience for me. The cross-disciplinary programme has introduced me to how FinTech is reshaping the financial services landscape, taught me how to apply findings and insights across different industries and organisations, and given me access to experts on key topics such as big data analytics, AI, blockchain, smart city and digital supply chain management.

WEI, Lucy, (BA(Economics)), Manager, Prudential plc
Additional Documents Required
Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



Candidates are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  • A proposal in the FinTech area (1,200 -2,000 words)
  • Proof of employment (at least 5 years)
  • Your academic qualifications (such as graduation certificates, transcripts of studies, etc.) that are not in English should be accompanied by an official certified English- translation

​Provision of additional documents may be required if deemed necessary. 

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