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Master in Accountancy (MAcc)

Programme Information

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Special Features
  • Two awards in one-year study. PGDA, an intermediate award, will be given to students who have completed the six required courses in Term 1 and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or above.
  • High-quality teaching team and close interaction with students.
  • Mutual examination paper exemptions between HKICPA and Chinese Institute of CPAs (CICPA).
Mode of Study Full-time
Programme Duration
  • Normal: 1 year
  • Maximum: 3 years
Medium of Instruction English
Credits Required 33
Modules Required 11 (Core courses: 7; Electives courses: 4)
Pre-entry Course Applicants with a recognized bachelor's degree but not in business-related disciplines will be required to pass a pre-entry programme prior to their formal admission to the master's programme. The pre-entry programme includes seven courses, Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Economics, Information Systems Management, Marketing, Management and Statistics, which are non-credit bearing with a pass/fail result. Tuition fee for each pre-entry course is HKD5,000.
Tuition Fees (for 2020/21)
  • Local students: HKD188,000/programme
  • Non-local students: HKD208,000/programme

The tuition fees above do not cover pre-entry courses.

Professional Recognition
  1. Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
  2. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  3. CPA Australia (CPA Aust)
  4. The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA, also known as CMA Australia)
  5. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Programme Leader Dr SHI, Shanshan
DBA (SBS Swiss Business School); CPA (US); FCPA (HK); CGMA
Offering Unit Department of Accountancy


Students are required to complete 11 modules in one year of study. Each module bears three credits.

Core Courses (Seven courses):
  1. ACT501 Auditing
  2. ACT502 Business and Company Law
  3. ACT503 Cost and Management Accounting
  4. ACT504 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  5. ACT505 Hong Kong Taxation and Tax Planning
  6. ACT506 Managerial Finance
  7. ACT601 Accounting Theory

Students completing the first six core courses (18 credits) in the first semester with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 will receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy (PGDA) intermediate award. The PGDA awardees are eligible to enrol in the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs (HKICPA) Qualification Programme (QP). However, the final admission decision is subject to the approval of the HKICPA.

Elective Courses* (Any four):
  1. ACT602 Research Project in Accounting
  2. ACT604 China Taxation: An International Perspective
  3. ACT605 Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting
  4. ACT606 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  5. ACT607 Financial Statement Interpretation and Analysis
  6. ACT608 The Economic Law of China
  7. ACT609 Advanced Auditing
  8. ACT610 Accounting Ethics and Corporate Governance
  9. ACT611 Comparative Legal Systems
  10. ACT612 Data Analytics for Accounting

* The offering of elective courses is subject to sufficient demand and faculty availability.

Admission Requirements

1. General Qualifications

  • An applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized tertiary institution or have equivalent qualification, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. Language Requirements

  • An applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain:
  • a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer- based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or
  • a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Applicants who do not fulfil the above language requirements but have an equivalent score in a recognized test, or an equivalent qualification assessment to prove their language proficiency may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Applicants with a recognized bachelor’s degree but not in business-related discipline will be required to pass a pre-entry programme prior to their formal admission to the MAcc programme. The number of pre-entry courses required to take by an applicant will depend on his/her undergraduate study.
  • Applicants will enjoy admission preference if they have related working experiences or have professional qualification in Accounting, Auditing, Taxation or Finance.
  • Applicants who have graduated from a university using English as a main teaching language do not normally need to present evidence of their language proficiency.

Visiting / Auditing Student

Some students may be interested in studying only one or two courses in our PGDA / MAcc programme. An applicant whose educational standard is deemed adequate by the Department of Accountancy, Lingnan University, may be considered for admission as a visiting / auditing student to study one or two courses in the PGDA/MAcc programme. A visiting student must successfully complete all requirements, including but not limited to examinations, of the course taken, and will receive grade and credits for that course. An auditing student is not allowed to sit for any examinations and will not be given any grade or other academic recognition for the courses taken.

Tuition fee for visiting/auditing student is HKD14,000 per course.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Entrance Scholarship

Limited scholarships will be considered for outstanding applicants on the basis of academic merits.

MAcc Scholarship

A number of scholarships will be offered to qualified MAcc students based on academic merits and services.

Mr. D. W. Mak Memorial Scholarship

With the donation from Mr HO Kam Wing Richard of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a number of scholarships will be awarded to students mainly based on academic merits during the PGDA study period (i.e. the first term) of the Programme.

Lingnan University Accountancy Education Foundation Scholarship

The foundation is set up by our PGDA and MAcc alumni. A number of scholarships will be awarded to qualified MAcc students based on academic merits and services.

Government Student Financial Assistance

Local students are eligible for applying the Extended Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). For eligibility and details, please visit the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency's website.

Words from Alumni

MAcc Alumni: Ms WANGMs WANG, Qiyu (MAcc 2019 Graduate)

‘It is the most impressive experience for me to study in the MAcc programme at Lingnan University. Friendly classmates, rich extracurricular activities, and close relationship between professors and students gave me a completely different learning experience. I enjoyed such kind of excellent learning environment very much.

The various seminars and firm visits certainly expand our horizons. We can get benefit from these activities and know how to plan both our career and personal development. The EY Young Tax Professional of the Year Competition I participated trained my courage as well as the leadership skills.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the professors teaching the programme and the valuable advice provided to us. Thank you for the people I met in this programme. I have confidence to go further with all your help and support.’

MAcc Alumni: Ms HUAMs HUA, Yulan (MAcc 2018 Graduate)

‘I had a very memorable time studying Master of Accountancy at Lingnan University. The programme curriculum is very comprehensive and practical. I have acquired the specialized knowledge, enhanced my time management and multi-tasking skills and improved my presentation skills, which are valuable for my future career development. All professors and administrative staff care about our learning process and career placement. Through the programme activities, I have obtained valuable opportunities to communicate with accounting practitioners directly and got advices from them.

It is also my great honour to be inducted as a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society, besides being awarded the HKICPA scholarship for academic excellence.’

MAcc Alumni: Mr LEUNGMr LEUNG, Alvin (MAcc 2018 Graduate)

‘It is a very rewarding and fruitful year studying Master of Accountancy at Lingnan University! All the teachers here are very friendly and willing to spend time talking to us. Our academic advisors are very accessible not only in providing academic support, but also imparting us with valuable job-hunting skills. Their sharing and experiences are impressive and will be my motto in the future.

Apart from learning, the Programme also offers a lot of job seeking related activities to us. I have already received an offer from a reputable CPA firm before graduation. Frankly, I have got so much more than a master's degree at Lingnan!’

MAcc Alumni: Ms LUOMs LUO, Muchi (MAcc 2016 Graduate)

‘This one year learning experience in Lingnan MAcc Programme let me have a deeper understanding of both local and international accounting practices. The knowledge I acquired from the Programme is very relevant not only to the professional accounting qualification examinations but also the real work environments.

Other than lectures, the MAcc Programme organised workshops and seminars with topics on personal image and self-packaging, CV writing, and job interview in order to improve our employability. My one year studies in Lingnan University has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I have dreamed of working in one of the leading international accounting firms since I enrolled into this Programme. Now my dream has come true!’

MAcc Alumni: Ms HUNGMs HUNG, Annabel (MAcc 2014 Graduate)
Director, Easter Joy Ltd

‘Choosing Lingnan PGDA & MAcc Programme is the best decision in my life. The MAcc Programme has been accredited by the HKICPA as a conversion programme so that students who previously have no accountancy background would be able to register as a QP student after completing the programme. The MAcc courses such as “China Taxation” and “China Economy Law” are particularly relevant to the CICPA qualification examinations. The programme design and course content equip us with necessary knowledge in achieving the professional qualifications.’


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Contact Person Ms Liea XIA
Telephone (+852) 2616-8182
Office Address Rm SEK112/7, 1/F, Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building,
Lingnan University,
8 Castle Peak Road,
Tuen Mun,
Hong Kong