Overview

Master of Science in Information Technology (For September 2019/20 entry)

  • Our Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) programme is a new programme offering taught postgraduate computing education in Hong Kong, which is designed to nurture IT professionals and leaders for the long-term benefit of Hong Kong. The programme focuses on three important areas of information technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Financial Technology (FinTech), which are in great demand by Hong Kong business, industry, government and society. It assists students to develop further their technical competence and apply new knowledge, which helps them to enhance their competitiveness in their IT career. Graduates of this programme will be in good time and position to contribute to innovation and technology development and at the same time improve Hong Kong’s sustainability, efficiency and continuous economic development.

    MSc in Information Technology
    Programme Highlights: 
    • Students can choose to study a MScIT degree with stream(s) or without stream if they fulfil the stream requirements;
    • This programme offers a range of subjects which are in line with the latest information technology development;
    • This programme serves as a bridging programme for those who may either have some or no previous academic computing experience. The programme is also suited for computing and computer science graduates who want to further advance their knowledge and professionalism in our specified streams; and
    • This programme has flexible modes of study, i.e., both full-time and part-time modes, are available;
    • Some subjects of the programme are included in the reimbursable course list of the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).

     


  • PROGRAMME features
    Promising career advancement

    With the strategic planning and investment of the HKSAR Government on the Smart City initiative, Hong Kong will be moving forward with new development in AI, FinTech, Robotics, and life sciences. Besides, data-driven technology development will be considered by the HKSAR Government as one of the top priorities. Hence, our programme with AI, Big Data and FinTech technologies as the core focus, is rightfully aligned with the strategic direction of the HKSAR Government in technology development. With the increasing demand for IT expertise locally and globally, our graduates, who are well equipped with comprehensive and professional IT knowledge, will be developed to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers and socially responsible global citizens. They will embark on promising career development in many sectors.

    The career opportunities for our students who complete the programme are multifold. Our graduates are expected to be well prepared for jobs such as consultants in Big Data, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology, or IT managers, IT project officers and software engineers.

    Practical industry workshops and training sessions

    Our programme will offer extra learning opportunities to enhance students’ study experience. Programming workshops will be part of the learning and teaching activities designed to help students with no or limited programming experience. We will offer workshops on various topics including AI, Blockchain and Machine Learning to strengthen students’ technical skills and hands-on experiences. Besides, we will also invite renowned speakers to deliver talks, seminars and forums, such as Cyber Security, FinTech application in banking and insurance industry, ePayment services, Initial Coin Offering to help students enrich industrial experience and raise awareness of the latest technologies development.

    Advanced learning facilities and joint laboratories

    PolyU has established the University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA), the first university-wide research facility in big data analytics among universities in Hong Kong. Equipped with big data expertise in PolyU and the most advanced computing infrastructure and tools today, UBDA is expected to foster cross-disciplinary research collaborations in PolyU, establish a strong partnership with industries on big data analytics applications, and promote big data education in Hong Kong. 

    At COMP, we have joined forces with Monash University and CollinStar Capital to establish the first university-industry joint research laboratory on blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies in Hong Kong with multi-million-dollar industrial sponsorship. We have also established other joint laboratories and have been working closely with industry-leading companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Yonyou, Alibaba and Tencent. These joint laboratories are not only supporting research activities but also teaching and learning as well as knowledge transfer purposes. They also facilitate students to gain practical knowledge and to keep in pace with the industry development.

    COMP provides other resources for students to undertake project and dissertation on different topics. Students have the opportunity to access the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality System in the Virtual-reality and Game Lab as well as the Big Data and Cloud Computing Platform to perform their research studies. Students are also welcome to attend all the research seminars held by the Department to understand the latest state of research in the IT field.

    Flexible to choose the mode of study and stream(s)

    This programme offers both full-time and part-time mode of study. Different study patterns including the combination of a dissertation, a project and subjects of equivalent credits are available for students to choose according to their schedule and preference.

    To provide more choices for students according to the development of the global IT industry and the demands of the market, stream(s) are introduced in this programme. Based on their career goal and study plan, students enjoy the flexibility to study a MScIT degree with stream(s) or without stream if they fulfil the stream requirements.

    • Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
    • Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology

    Wide variety of subjects that cover hot IT topics

    Given the rapid evolution of the IT industry, this programme offers a range of core and elective subjects that are in line with the fast-changing IT market needs as well as students’ demand especially in the three booming areas: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and FinTech. Students enjoy flexible options in selecting subjects that fit their interests and career goals.

    COMP frequently reviews the programme curriculum and we have recently introduced some new subjects such as “Machine Learning and Data Analysis”, “Cyber and Internet Security”, “Distributed Ledger Technology, Cryptocurrency and E-Payment”, “Computer Vision and Image Analysis”, etc.

    Excellent platform for peer learning and exchange

    Our programme offers a comprehensive curriculum with cutting-edge subjects to cater for students with different career developmental needs. With such an environment of broad student mix, students benefit not only from learning the fundamental theories, core and applied technologies, and industry best practices but also from interaction with their peers in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences. COMP also maintains an extensive network of MSc alumni, students can acquire both advanced expertise and professional networks that help them scale new heights in their careers.

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  • PROGRAMMe brochure
  • Contact Information for further details

    Telephone: (852) 3400 3145

    Facsimile: (852) 2774 0842

    Email: comp.pg@polyu.edu.hk

Postgraduate Scheme in Computing (For admission on or before 2018/19)

  • Our Postgraduate Scheme in Computing is one of the oldest and largest programmes offering taught postgraduate computing education in Hong Kong, which is tailored to suit the professional needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Students benefit not only from earning the fundamental theories, core and applied technologies, and industry best practices but also from interaction with their peers in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences. They acquire both advanced expertise and professional networks that help them scale new heights in their careers.

    MSc in E-Commerce*

    The MSc in E-Commerce provides a new generation of knowledge to technical personnel as well as managers and business executives in E-Commerce both in the technology and management aspects. In the technology aspect, it offers students the opportunity to examine various issues of E-Commerce, with a focus on the enabling technologies and techniques. In the management aspect, it allows students to understand the opportunities offered by E-Commerce and the business and management issues involved in deploying E-Commerce systems.

    Highlights:

    • Provide knowledge in E-Commerce models, information systems, web and internet, intelligent technologies, legal issues and management strategies in E-Commerce;
    • Offer opportunities to analyse, design and implement E-Commerce systems;
    • Develop students’ ability to understand and evaluate E-Commerce opportunities, systems, and tools; and
    • Equip students for jobs such as E-Commerce consultant, business manager, project coordinator, and E-Commerce entrepreneur.

    *There will be no intake starting from 2019/20.

  • MSc in Information Systems*

    The MSc in Information Systems provides management and business professionals with knowledge, skills and confidence in the application of information systems within organisations, and to enable them to identify appropriate IT/IS driven opportunities so that they can design and develop appropriate information systems which support the organisation strategies.

    Highlights:

      • Provide knowledge in information systems analysis, design, and applications in business and industry;
      • Offer opportunities to explore and understand different aspects of information systems, such as database and data mining, intelligent information systems, workflow and collaborative systems, human computer interaction, and information system project management;
      • Develop students’ ability to understand, evaluate and plan for information systems and their re-engineering; and
      • Equip students for jobs such as information systems executive and manager, IS project coordinator and systems analyst.

    *There will be no intake starting from 2018/19.

  • MSc in Information Technology*

    The MSc in Information Technology serves as a bridging programme for professionals from Science and Engineering background that are not from Computing to acquire the core and applied knowledge in IT. It is designed and structured to incrementally help students to build a strong foundation in core concepts and further reinforced through solving IT problems in the form of projects.

    Highlights:

    • Provide knowledge of the latest information technology to students for either immediate or future applications in their current profession or a profession he/she intends to engage in;
    • Offer opportunities to explore and understand the latest information technology, such as mobile technology, software engineering for high-quality software, internet infrastructure and protocols, web database, wireless computing, big data, Chinese computing, artificial intelligence, data centre, and biometric authentication;
    • Develop students’ competence in applying information technology to solve scientific, engineering and business problems; and
    • Equip students for jobs such as IT manager, IT consultant, IT project officer, and IT related engineer.

    *This programme is under revamping and the exisitng curriculum will not be applicable for students admitted starting from 2019/20. A revamped curriculum will be offered instead.

  • MSc in Software Technology*

    The MSc in Software Technology provides students with Computer Science or Information Systems background to pursue in-depth studies in software technologies. It emphasises on the application of software technologies to solve business, industrial problems and the state-of-the-art software engineering and management. Students have the opportunities to specialise in major areas in software technology and develop the ability to assimilate and to apply the acquired knowledge.

    Highlights:

    • Provide up-to-date and in-depth knowledge in the fast-changing software technology;
    • Provide opportunities to specialise in major areas in software technology, such as software project management, software testing and QA, embedded software, extreme programming, web database, distributed computing, advance database, internet infrastructure security, multimedia computing, computer image, and pervasive computing;
    • Develop students’ competence in advance software technology, and conducting independent study and research in advance computing and software related knowledge; and
    • Equip students for jobs such as senior software engineer, computer scientist, information manager, and network security manager.

    *There will be no intake starting from 2018/19.


  • scheme features
    Promising career advancement

    According to our 2016 Graduate Employment Survey, 42% of our graduates were promoted to a higher position compared with the time when they applied for our MSc programmes. Many of our alumni have become leaders and established a very good reputation in various sectors. Some of them are now managers and top executives in prominent companies in the IT industry such as Alibaba, IBM, Tectura, as well as organizations in other industries like Accenture, China Telecom, CLP, Hospital Authority, HSBC, Hutchison, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, MTRC, PCCW, etc.

    Wide variety of subjects that cover hot IT topics

    Students enjoy flexible options in studying with over 40 core and elective subjects. COMP frequently review the programme curriculum, offering subjects to align with the fast-changing market needs as well as students’ demand from time to time. We have newly introduced a new subject “Big Data Computing” and decided to offer new content covering hot IT topics such as FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT) and Information Security, through classroom teachings and workshops.

    Practical programming and industry workshops

    Our scheme offers extra learning opportunities to enhance students’ study experience. The Java Programming workshop is part of the learning and teaching activities designed to help students with no programming experience. We also offer workshops on various topics such as Microsoft AI and Microsoft Blockchain to strengthen students' technical skills and hands-on experiences. In the past summer, we cooperated with Microsoft to offer workshops on “Machine Learning on Cloud”, which received very positive feedback from the participants. Certificates were issued to them after completing the workshops.

    Besides, we always invite renowned speakers to deliver talks and forums, such as Google Security Talk, to help students enrich industrial experience and awareness of the latest technologies development.

    Advanced teaching facilities and learning opportunities

    COMP conducts advanced research contributing to the world’s fast technological growth. We have established joint laboratories and been working closely with industry-leading companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Yonyou. These joint laboratories are not only supporting research activities but also teaching and learning as well as knowledge transfer purposes. They also open space for producing world-renowned output applicable to commercial and industrial uses and creating high values in both education and research aspects.

    COMP provides other resources for students to undertake project and dissertation on different topics. Students have the opportunity to access the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality System in the Computing Outreach Lab as well as the Big Data and Cloud Computing Platform to perform their research studies. Students are also welcome to attend all the research seminars held by the department to understand the latest state of research in the IT field.

    Flexible mode of study and choices of speciality

    The programmes in this scheme offer both full-time and part-time mode of study.  Different study patterns including the combination of a dissertation, a project and subjects of equivalent credits are available for students to choose according to their schedule and preference. Students can also apply for changing their speciality and ultimate award upon fulfilling the programme’s graduation requirement.

    Diversified future prospects

    The scheme offers a comprehensive curriculum with cutting-edge subjects to cater for students from various backgrounds with different academic and career developmental needs. With such an environment of broad student mix, students benefit not only from learning the core theories, applied technologies, and industry best practices, but also from doing projects, and potential interactions with over one hundred of MSc students coming from diverse backgrounds and industries. The career opportunities for our students who complete the programme are multi-folded. Fundamentally, our graduates are equipped with comprehensive and professional IT knowledge, as well as practical skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, problem-solving and lifelong learning skills which are beneficial to career development in many sectors.

    Double master degrees with overseas universities

    Our scheme provides valuable opportunities for students to join the concurrent enrollment programme where they can graduate with two master degrees. The programme allows students to enjoy credit transfers between COMP and our collaborative Departments at University of Cincinnati in USA and University of Messina in Italy, and earn two master degrees within the same study period. Through the programme, students not only can enrich their learning and cultural experience by immersing themselves in a different study environment but also expand their professional network internationally.

  • Internship Programme
    WHAT is the Internship Programme?

    Postgraduate Internship Programme provides students with the opportunity to work up to one-third of the normal duration of the study period of the programme to gain working experience in Hong Kong.

    WHO can apply?

    It is open to all MSc students, who have completed at least not less than 40% of the postgraduate studies with a GPA attainment of at least 2.5 in the recent semester of study.

    WHY should you join?
      • We are the first computing department to offer optional postgraduate study internship.
      • Our Department has the most established undergraduate placement programme in Hong Kong, with a history of more than 20 years.
      • We have a large network of partner companies.
    HOW can you benefit?
        You can:
        • Gain working experience in Hong Kong or Mainland China;
        • Understand IT industries and career opportunities in these places;
        • Enjoy exciting interactive opportunities and establish new social networks; and
        • Brush up language and communication skills...etc
    Approval

    Supervision by an academic staff will be required for internship's approval.

    Application Form
  • scheme brochure
  • Contact Information for further details

    Telephone: (852) 3400 3145

    Facsimile: (852) 2774 0842

    Email: comp.pg@polyu.edu.hk