MSc in Information Technology (For September 2019/20 entry)

  • MSc in Information Technology
    • Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

      This programme is designed to nurture Mathematics, Information Systems, Engineering, or other Science graduates to become IT professionals and to enrich Computing/Computer Science graduates with advanced knowledge and skills. The programme provides the knowledge, support and guidance to students to continue lifelong learning and development. The objectives of the programme are:

      • To produce graduates with fundamental and advanced and specialised IT/computing knowledge, sound intellectual and practical skills, and critical thinking ability;
      • To produce graduates who can think holistically and analytically, and apply IT/computing to solve problems, and to develop systems/applications both in a team or individually;
      • To produce graduates with professional ethics, social responsibilities and all-round capabilities which can contribute to the society and the development of Hong Kong and China; and
      • To produce graduates who can keep abreast of innovative, up-to-date and advanced technologies and will be able to engage in life-long independent learning.

      The institutional learning outcomes of programme consist of:

      A. Competent professional:

      Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will possess in-depth knowledge and skills in their area of study and be able to apply their knowledge and contribute to professional leadership.

      B. Strategic thinking:

      Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will be able to think holistically and analytically in dealing with complex problems and situations pertinent to their professional practice. They will be versatile problem solvers with good mastery of critical and creative thinking skills, who can generate practical and innovative solutions.

      C. Lifelong learning capability:

      Graduates of PolyU taught postgraduate programmes will have an enhanced capability for continual professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practice.

      D. Computer Ethics and Responsibilities:

      Graduates will have critical understanding of ethical problems and issues related to computing profession, technology governance and social responsibilities.

    • Programme Structure

      Students can select from a range of subjects offered under the MSc in Information Technology programme. In general, each subject takes place once a week in the evening over a 13-week semester. Full-time students normally take 4 subjects in a semester and complete the study in 1.5 years, whereas part-time students usually take 2 subjects in a semester and complete the study in 2.5 years.

      Mode of Study

      This is a mixed mode programme that students are required to take 9 credits or more in a semester in order to retain full-time status or they will be given a part-time status. Non-local students subject to visa requirements are required to take a full-time study load (i.e. at least 9 credits for each semester).

      Award Requirements

      To fulfil the graduation requirement, students can choose to study a MScIT degree with stream(s) or without stream by taking the required subjects.

      Programme Core subjects: P-core

      Stream Core subjects: S-core

      Awards

      MScIT with Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

      MScIT with Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology

      MScIT

      With Dissertation

      3 P-Core +

      4 S-Core +

      1 Dissertation

      3 P-Core +

      4 Electives* +

      1 Dissertation

      With Project

      3 P-Core +

      4 S-Core +

      1 Elective* +

      1 Project

      3 P-Core +

      5 Electives* +

      1 Project

      Without Dissertation/ Project

      3 P-Core +

      4 S-Core +

      3 Electives*

      3 P-Core +

      7 Electives*

      Credits requirements

      30

      30

      *Students can take Master level elective subjects within the MScIT programme to satisfy their elective requirements, subject to the pre-requisite and exclusion requirements.

      List of Subjects

      While every stream has its own group of core subjects, a range of electives is offered depending on the availability of teaching resources and the number of registered students. Students are allowed to choose from a common pool of electives within the Department of Computing, subject to vacancies available. All subjects are three-credit based unless otherwise stated.

      Programme core subjects: P-core
      Stream core subjects: S-core
      Elective subjects: E

      MSc/PgD IT Subject

      MScIT with Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

      MScIT with Stream in Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology

      MScIT

      1

      Data Structures and Database Systems

      P-Core

      P-Core

      P-Core

      2

      Software Engineering and Development

      P-Core

      P-Core

      P-Core

      3

      Internet Infrastructure and Protocols

      P-Core

      P-Core

      P-Core

      4

      Artificial Intelligence Concepts

      S-Core

      S-Core

      E

      5

      Big Data Computing

      S-Core

      E

      E

      6

      Machine Learning and Data Analytics

      S-Core

      E

      E

      7

      Computer Vision and Image Processing

      S-Core

      E

      E

      8

      Financial Computing

      E

      S-Core

      E

      9

      Cyber and Internet Security

      E

      S-Core

      E

      10

      Distributed Ledger Technology, Cryptocurrency and E-Payment

      E

      S-Core

      E

      11

      Advanced Data Analytics

      E

      E

      E

      12

      Optimization and Applications

      E

      E

      E

      13

      Natural Language Processing

      E

      E

      E

      14

      Human Computer Interaction

      E

      E

      E

      15

      Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing

      E

      E

      E

      16

      Software Project Management

      E

      E

      E

      17

      Internet Computing and Applications

      E

      E

      E

      18

      Multimedia Computing, Systems and Applications

      E

      E

      E

      19

      Independent Study

      E

      E

      E

      20

      Project (6 credits)

      E

      E

      E

      21

      Dissertation (9 credits)

      E

      E

      E

      22

      Principles of Corporate Finance

       

      E

       

      23

      Investments

       

      E

       

      24

      Applications of Computing and Technology in Accounting and Finance I

       

      E

       

      25

      Business Analytics in Accounting and Finance

       

      E

       

      All subjects are offered at the discretion of subject offering departments, depending on students’ demand and resources available.

      Please also visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study for other details of the programme and admission.

    • Entrance Requirements

      Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Computing/Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Systems, Engineering, or other Science disciplines. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in other disciplines who have at least five years significant IT relevant work experience will also be considered.

      If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. More information can be found at www.polyu.edu.hk/study.