What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The programme provides a unique and flexible opportunity for participants with diverse backgrounds to customise their learning in areas of technology and innovation based on their professional needs. The aims of the programme are to enable participants to:

  • Develop their competence in understanding innovation cycles and ultimately turn innovations into commercial successes;
  • Understand the financial and strategic implications of the development, acquisition, and implementation of knowledge and technology in an organisation;
  • Enhance their technical and non-technical awareness of knowledge and technological development in their chosen field of interest.


The programme is suitable for executives, managers and engineers in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, service, public utilities and finance, with the responsibility of acquiring, auditing, managing, transferring and financing technology.

Students have the flexibility to vary their studies from semester to semester according to their personal aspirations (except for non-local students, who are constrained by visa requirements). For example, a student can study full-time in one semester and then choose to switch to part-time study in the next semester, and vice versa. Students can manage their own pace of study, subject to certain registration and assessment regulations.

Programme Structure

The programme provides the option for students to engage in either the full-time study mode (taking 9 credits or more per semester) or the part-time study mode (taking fewer than 9 credits per semester). In general, each subject requires a 3-hour class per week over a 13-week semester. Full-time students can complete the programme in one year (including the summer semester).

Students who enrol in the MSc in Knowledge and Technology Management programme have the option to select from a wide range of subjects offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The programme curriculum consists of Compulsory, Core and Elective Subjects.
Students must complete:

​7 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, at least 1 Core Subject and at most 2 Elective Subjects and a Dissertation; OR

​10 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, at least 3 Core Subjects and at most 3 Elective Subjects.

Recognition & Prospects

Knowledge and Technology Management is vital to various aspects of business – from financing, development of products and services, and manufacturing to licensing and commercialisation of technology, to maximise companies’ effectiveness and efficiency.

The programme is designed with a broad-based and multi-disciplinary curriculum to suit professionals from various disciplines (management, IT, engineering, social work, library science, legal, education, health care, etc.) who desire to improve their competency in managing their workforces and operations. It is also suitable for engineers or technical professionals hoping to move into management roles, to devise workable and innovative solutions.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK $6,000 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected April 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


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

You must satisfy the following specific requirements of this programme:

A Bachelor's degree in engineering, business or science, or a professional qualification, or the equivalent.

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 University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose.

  • An IELTS Academic Test with a score of at least 6; or
  • A TOEFL Internet-based test score of at least 80, including a score of at least 20 in the Test of Written English.

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


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ranking 75th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2021),6th in the QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2021 and 25th in QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

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