BBA Accountancy

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1016
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for advanced standing I); 2 years (for advanced standing II)
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Leader
Mr Sunny WONG Tze-ming
Stream Advisor
Mr Sunny WONG Tze-ming (Professional Accounting Stream)
Stream Advisor
Dr S O WONG (Professional Accounting and Legal Studies Stream)
DBA, PCLL, AICPA (I.A.), CPA (Canada), CMA (Canada)
Stream Advisor
Dr Kevin ZHU Xindong (Professional Accounting and Information Systems Audit Stream)
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Our Target

To deal with the challenges of the new economy, accountancy graduates need professional accounting competencies, a broad understanding and knowledge of core business disciplines and intellectual and analytical capabilities. To achieve this aim, students will acquire an understanding of the social, economic, regulatory and political environments related to business in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the Asia-Pacific region. We also provide students with a broad-based education covering various general education perspectives in business disciplines such as economics, finance, management, marketing, information management and business statistics and a choice of over 50 minor studies.

Start Your Career Here

We will facilitate your acquisition of the qualifications and skills you need for career advancement in prominent multinational certified public accounting firms, government departments, commercial, industrial and public organisations.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements. Preference will be given to students with better proficiency in English who have studied a course in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics at a high school or post-secondary institution.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award. Preference may be given to applicants who have attained Level 4 or above in HKDSE English OR grade D or above in HKALE Use of English OR IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or above. 

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They will be considered for direct admission to this major (JS1002, first-year studies). For details, click here.

What You Will Be Studying

The major in Accountancy at CityU has three streams of study that target students' different developmental needs and prepare them for the career path of professional accountants.

The Professional Accounting Stream (PA) aims to provide an active learning environment in which students can acquire knowledge of accounting and interrelated business disciplines, along with the broader skills and essential values expected of leaders of the accounting profession in Hong Kong and the Greater China region.

The Professional Accounting and Legal Studies Stream (PALS) aims to provide students with a broad-based business education and specialisation in accounting with a strong legal background. Graduates of this stream are competent in conducting independent research on accounting and legal issues. This ability will undoubtedly enhance their career progression in CPA firms, government bodies and commercial organisations.

The Professional Accounting and Information Systems Audit Stream (PAISA) aims to provide students with a broad-based business education and specialisation in the integrated disciplines of accounting and information systems. With training in both accounting and information systems, our graduates have more alternatives in their future careers, and can choose to work for public accounting firms not only in the financial auditing and taxation areas, but also in information system auditing. Graduates of this stream can also work as project managers for multinational corporations. Others may serve as enterprise resource planning consultants due to their training in information management in addition to accounting.

When students are admitted to the major in Accountancy, they are automatically assigned to the PA stream. Those who want to choose either the PALS or the PAISA stream must apply for the respective stream. Their applications will be subject to the approval of the Department.

Curriculum Structure

For details of the programme's curriculum structure, please visit the Undergraduate Catalogue. (Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

Student/Alumni Sharing

Student/Alumni sharing is available at

Student Exchange/Internship

We arrange overseas student exchange and study tours, including visits to Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai and exchange studies to the US, Europe and Australia. To learn more, please visit

We have sent our students to local and overseas internships including in Singapore and the US. Please visit for more details.

Co-curricular Activities and Learning Support

We arrange various co-curricular activities to engage and empower students, accelerating their personal and professional growth.

Selected Student Developmental Activities:

  • Mentoring Scheme
  • Personal Development and Skills Training Seminars
  • Career Development 

To learn more about our student developmental activities, please visit

We also invite you to browse through our newsletter, which features many of our student developmental activities. Please visit

Student Achievements

Students are encouraged to actively participate in various open competitions to gain presentation experience and boost their confidence in making business presentations. Our students have achieved excellent results in reputable competitions in both Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, as demonstrated below.




ACCA Hong Kong Business Competition


Best Team Spirit Award


1st Runner Up
Most Creative Team
Judges’ Commendation


Best Proposal Award
My Favourite Team Award

Asian Job Express (AJE) Contest, Japan


Bronze Medal

Association of Women Accountants (Hong Kong) Limited (AWAHK) Competition


2nd Runner-Up
Best Presenter Award

BDO (Hong Kong) Best Intern Scholarship Contest







CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC) Hong Kong


Best Video Award

EY Academy CSR Challenge


Member of Best Team Award – Champion, and Most Favourite Team
Member of Best Team Award – 1st Runner Up Member of Best Team Award – 2nd Runner Up


Champion of Top Performing Cadets
Member of Team Award – Best Promotion Champaign in Facebook

Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) Corporate Governance Paper Competition


Best Paper Award
Best Presenter Award

The Naked CEO Boardroom Competition, Australia


One of the six Global Finalists

SCMP/IFPHK Financial Planner Awards 2015 (University Student Category)


Second Prize

Young Tax Professional of the Year


Champion of the Local Competition
1st Runner Up of the Local Competition


2nd Prize of the Local Competition
My Favourite Presenter Award of the Local Competition
3rd Prize of the National Competition in Shanghai


2nd Prize of the Local Competition


Professional Recognition

Accreditation is obtained from the following professional bodies:
Note: Professional accreditation is subject to periodic review by the respective professional bodies.

Bonus Features

Accounting Scholars Programme
The Department of Accountancy runs an Accounting Scholars Programme for high achievers who strive for academic excellence and whole-person development. One of the key features of this major is that it invites alumni/prominent professionals as mentors. The Mentoring Scheme helps to develop students’ business vision, attitude, sense and capabilities.
Internship Programme (Local, Mainland and Overseas – Singapore)
The Department of Accountancy runs established and sizeable internship programmes, placing over 120 students each year in CPA firms, commercial entities and government institutions. A number of professional consultation sessions are organised, which provide out-going interns with an exclusive platform to seek professional advice and guidance on solving work- or interpersonal-related problems from academic staff and to exchange views among interns during the mid-internship-period.
Graduate Employment Training Programme
The aim of the training programme is to systematically develop students' skills and capabilities, including personality development, in preparation for the job recruitment process, with a particular focus on hunting positions in Big-4 accounting firms. The programme is designed to be highly skills-based and training-oriented. It comprises six parts covering all facets of the recruitment process, from introductory seminars and timed written tests to hands-on, mock one-to-one and group interviews.

Did You Know?

  • Despite the presence of around 7 million usual residents, there are only about 35,000 qualified accountants in Hong Kong.
  • There will be an estimated shortage of 100,000 qualified accountants in the Greater China region over the next 5 to 10 years.