Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
(One-year Part-time or *3-month Intensive Full-time student registration requirements of the CPA QP before
applying for admission to this PGDPA programme.
or *Half-year Regular Full-time) 2. Expecting bachelor’s degree holders who will acquire the
Dr. Daniel H. K. HO, Programme Director, requisite academic qualification before the programme
PgD in Professional Accounting commencement may also apply for admission.
3. Both business and non-business degree holders must
satisfy the pre-core programme requirements prior to
their completion of the PGDPA programme. The pre-core
Learning Goals programme includes courses in Accounting, Economics,
The learning goals of the PGDPA programme: Information Systems, Management and Statistics.
(a) Students will have the contemporary knowledge of Participants with deficiencies in any of these courses must
accounting. take, at their extra cost, the prescribed pre-core courses
(b) Students will be analytical and critical thinkers able to solve (which are no credit-unit courses with pass/fail option)
business problems. to satisfy the competency requirements for admission
(c) Students will have the fundamental knowledge in to the CPA QP. The offering of pre-core courses by the
professional ethics and law. Department is subject to the demand of admissions.
4. Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants
Admission Requirements whose bachelor’s degrees were obtained from non-English
Applicants should possess: medium institutions. These applicants must meet the
(a) a bachelor’s degree in business or a related discipline from following requirements for English proficiency:
a recognized tertiary institution; or a) a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213
(b) a bachelor’s degree in a non-business discipline from a (computer-based) in TOEFL; or
recognized tertiary institution; or b) a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS.
(c) a bachelor’s degree from a tertiary institution in mainland
China provided that they could arrange their own entry Structure of the Programme
visas to Hong Kong (subject to the programme intake This is a taught postgraduate programme leading to the
quota); or award of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
(d) applicants with equivalent qualifications and experience The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of
will be considered on a case-by-case basis (non-degree Certified Public Accountants as equivalent to a conversion
holder may not qualify for admission to the CPA QP). programme for CPA QP admission purposes. Subject to the
demand of admissions, the programme will be delivered in one
Selection will be primarily judged on the basis of official or more of the following modes: full-time intensive mode* (to
academic transcripts and supporting documents. For be completed in about 3 months in summer period), full-time
exceptional cases, interviews will be arranged to assess the regular mode* (to be completed in about 6 months), and part-
applicants’ qualifications. time regular mode (to be completed in about 11 months). In
order to graduate, students must complete 18 units spread
Notes for Applicants over six core courses. In general, course exemption will
1. Applicants bear the responsibility to confirm with HKICPA not be granted unless the student has taken a course with
that their bachelor’s degrees are recognized in meeting the similar content and standard. Exemption application will be
considered on a case-by-case basis. Each student can be
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granted exemption for no more than two courses. Courses Students who have completed and passed all the 6 core
that are exempted will not count in Grade Point Average (GPA) courses with a total of 18 units, satisfied the pre-core
calculations and will appear on transcripts only as the total programme requirements and obtained a cumulative GPA of
number of units recognized for transfer. In no case will the 2.50 or above will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in
student’s period of study be shortened and no tuition fee will Professional Accounting. To be awarded Distinction for the
be waived irrespective of the number of courses exempted programme, students should attain a cumulative GPA of 3.70
under this policy. or above, with no course grade below B- and no repeated
courses. Students achieving a cumulative GPA between 3.40
The six core courses include course work and activity-based and 3.69 will be awarded Merit.
learning. All courses are conducted through a variety of
pedagogy: lecturing, class participation and discussion, library Scholarships
research, and case studies. Scholarships are available to students with outstanding
Requirements of the programme are as follows: a) One course scholarship will be awarded to the student
who has obtained the highest overall mark in each core
Advanced Financial Accounting 3 units course. The scholarship is $5,000 per core course.
Auditing 3 units b) In addition, a certificate will be awarded to the scholarship
Business & Company Law 3 units recipient.
Cost & Management Accounting 3 units
Financial Management 3 units * Please note that no full-time class will be offered in 2011-
Taxation 3 units 12.
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