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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This award serves as a bridging graduate programme for professionals from science and engineering backgrounds who may not be necessarily from computing. The award is designed and structured to incrementally help students build a strong foundation in the core concepts underpinning IT. The knowledge acquired is further reinforced by allowing students to put into practice the concepts learned in class through solving IT problems in the form of projects. The specific objectives are to:

  • Develop areas of study in information technology relevant to the student’s current profession or a profession he/she intends to engage in, and to update the student’s knowledge in a particular information technology discipline;
  • Develop areas of study in information technology new to the student or in areas not directly related to the scope of the student’s first degree; and
  • Provide an analytical in-depth study of an area already introduced at the undergraduate level.

Characteristics

  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Computing.
  • Students have the freedom to change their specialty and ultimate award.
  • Flexible modes of study, i.e. both full-time and part-time, are available.
  • Up to 15 credits can be transferred so that students can graduate earlier.
  • All first-year students are eligible to apply for the Alan Turing Entrance Scholarship.
  • PolyU alumni can apply for the COMP Alumni Scholarship to the value of 15% of the tuition fee of subjects taken in the first year of study.
  • Some subjects are included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.

Recognition & Prospects

The graduates are expected to be equipped for jobs such as IT manager, IT consultant, IT project officer and IT related engineer.

Programme Structure

Students can select from a wide range of subjects offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Computing. 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, whereas part-time students usually take 2 subjects.

The programme requires the completion of 30 credits. Students can choose from the following study patterns:

(A) Complete 7 subjects (at least 3 Core Subjects and 2 Fundamental Subjects) plus a Dissertation; or

(B) Complete 8 subjects (at least 4 Core Subjects and 2 Fundamental Subjects) plus a Project; or

(C) Complete 10 subjects (at least 4 Core Subjects and 2 Fundamental Subjects).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK $5,500 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

Targets Honours degree of Engineering or Science disciplines.

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 the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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