Master of Science in Corporate Governance and Compliance

Course Content

Course Content

Core Courses  
  • Corporate Accounting aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements of single entities and groups, and in analyzing and interpreting those statements.   
 
  • Corporate Law aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of company law including, the regulatory framework of Hong Kong company law, the formation of company, records and reporting, equity and debt financing, the role of the board of directors and company secretary, management and general meeting, takeover and restructuring, receivership and liquidation (including corporate rescue). The focus of this course is Hong Kong company law but where appropriate company law of other jurisdictions will be discussed.
 
  • Strategic Management enables students to determine a company’s competitive position, identify managerial and structural issues, formulate and evaluate plans of action from the boardroom perspective. The effective board of directors sets a competitive and sustainable corporate strategy to achieve the company’s objectives, and also reviews it regularly for its validity and takes necessary remedial action. The board must decide on where and how to create competitive advantages to secure sustainable market positions and make sure that the company has the necessary resources for these purposes. 
 
  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management aims to enable students to understand the nature, functions and operations of a board of directors and its committees, and also the internal and external environment that affects its effectiveness on setting their company’s strategy and monitoring corporate performance and risk management. The effectiveness of a board of directors depends on its structure and process. This course analyses the best boardroom practices from major corporate governance regimes and the role of the board in the company’s risk management.
 
  • Corporate Administration aims to instill knowledge and key skills in handling the responsibilities of corporate administration in both the strategic and functional contexts, to develop competence in advising the board of directors and leading teams in administrative best practice, and in ensuring compliance with external regulation and internal procedures.
 
  • Securities Regulation articulates to students the regulatory framework for listed companies with a special focus on the listing regimes, compliance with the Listing Rules and the codes on takeovers and related matters, the protection of minority shareholders, and also the roles of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Securities and Futures Commission as the major regulators. The rise of shareholder activism and its impact on corporate governance will be explored. This course focuses on securities regulations of Hong Kong but where appropriate securities regulation of other major jurisdictions will also be discussed.
 
  • Taxation aims to introduce students the principles and administration of the income tax system of Hong Kong.  This course discusses the general principles of taxation, property tax, salaries tax, profits tax, depreciation allowances, and personal assessment. It also provides students with basics of stamp duty.  A brief introduction of general tax planning and Mainland China taxation system is also included.
 
  • Corporate Finance and Risk Management aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills for the corporate financial management function, in relation to long-term investment, long-term financing, working capital management, corporate restructuring and risk management.
 

Elective Courses
 
  • Financial Regulations and Crimes aims to cover key issues and the applicable laws and regulations for financial markets. It will include an overview of the regulatory framework in financial, banking and securities law, especially dealing with product and business conduct. It will also provide the foundations for the study of financial crimes including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, fraud, as well as corruption in the Hong Kong context.
 
  • Risk, Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility aims to provide students with the foundations for identifying, establishing and developing an organization’s regulatory risk and establishing a compliance framework. To achieve this, the course will analyze current theory, international best practices, as well as key commercial law obligations like competition law. Furthermore, assist companies to meet broader ethical expectations by incorporating corporate social responsible principles into the compliance function.
 
  • Project enables students to apply their knowledge and skills learned from the programme to enhance their competence in corporate governance and compliance through investigation and analysis for a real world problem.  Students who are interested in pursuing an academic career in corporate governance or to experience the research culture of our School will be recommended by the programme director to take the course as an elective in their final-term studies.  Students may choose to perform an individual or group project.  Those who choose a group project are expected to form a group of not more than three students to work together in the project.    
 



 
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