Bachelor of Science in Computing Mathematics (BSCM)

Internship Schemes

Please refer to the website of College of Science (CSCI).

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Industrial Attachment Scheme (IAS)?

2. What is the Overseas Internship Scheme (OIS)?

3. How relevant are internship schemes to MA students?

Through the internship schemes, students learn to apply their classroom learning to real life and at the same time improve their problem solving and interpersonal skills. All in all, they gain solid work experience and become better equipped for work. The placement training covers a wide spectrum of work areas, including product/process design, automation, quality management, advanced materials and applications, failure analysis, logistics management, sales and marketing, information system and technology, building and construction management, structural engineering, surveying, biotechnology, environmental management and conservation, etc., all being relevant to students' major studies.

4. What types of placement and job opportunities are available to MA students?

The internship schemes have been operating very successfully, since the department joined the Scheme in 2003. Students' performance in the Programme has enhanced the image of the Department and its relations with industries. In the Summer of 2008, five students joined the IAS in which they worked in DBS, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Ltd., OSD Hong Kong Ltd. and Atos Origin in Beijing. From January to August 2008, six students joined the CES in which they worked in DBS and Standard Chartered Bank.

Throughout the years, over 50 students have benefited from the schemes. The Department has close connections with major banks in Hong Kong. Over two third of the students received training from the financial sector. MA students have received excellent comments from employers.

Fields that are particular suited to our BSCM students:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Programming and Database Management
  • Data Mining and Applied Statistics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Industrial Modeling and Scientific Computing
  • Mathematical Analysis and System Analysis
  • Optimization and Logistics

Our list of industrial partners includes a wide range of industries, to name a few:

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKSAR Government (Fisheries Branch)
  • Astec Custom Power (HK) Limited
  • Atos Origin
  • Chinese Estates Holdings Limited
  • DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
  • DHL International (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Econux (Asia) Limited
  • Frontier Research and Technology Ltd
  • Hong Kong Observatory
  • Ocean Park Corporation
  • OSD Hong Kong Limited
  • PCCW
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • PuraPharm International (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Taifook Asset Management Limited
  • The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas)
  • VHSoft Technologies Co. Ltd
  • Xi’an Tech Full Simo Motor Company Limited

5. How do students prepare for the Schemes?

Students should acquire knowledge of Applied Statistics and preferably Database Management and SAS programming. They should pay careful attention in selecting Out-of-Discipline courses. For example, selecting management and communication courses would help strengthen their communication skills. Students would learn basic SAS programming in the programme elective course MA3518 Applied Statistics. Some courses from the CS and MS Departments also help students to become familiarized with the widely-used software Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and SAS. Students approaching their final year of studies should plan their studies well in advance. It would be beneficial for students to browse the website of CSCI for updates, placements and deadlines.

6. What is the role of the Department of Mathematics; and that of the CSCI?

The Department of Mathematics is committed to helping students by offering guidance e.g. interviews, communication skills, cv preparation and performance monitoring. The Department will offer suitable elective courses each year. MA academic staff also regularly visit students to give advice.

The CSCI is committed to providing, in conjunction with industry, the best concurrent education to our students. More details are available from their website.

Reference Materials

The Career and Leadership Centre (CLC) offers one-to-one career consultation services to students by appointment. Students are welcome to discuss career and further study concerns with our professional Career Advisors who are experienced in guiding graduate recruitment in the current job market. You may seek their advice regarding:

  • Academic Exchange
  • Assessment Centre
  • Career Planning & Interest
  • Change of Jobs
  • Common Recruitment Examination
  • Current Affairs Discussion
  • Employability
  • Further Study Advising
  • Internship & Placement
  • Job Application Letters
  • Job Interview Skills
  • Job Search Skills
  • Mock Interview Practice
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychometric Tests (Aptitude tests such as verbal, numerical, critical reasoning tests)
  • Resume Writing
  • Specific Professions

From Run Run Shaw Library:

  • How to Present a Professional Image: HF5718.P75 1990 & HD6054.3.H69 1990
  • Job Interview books: HF5381 to 5382 sections
  • Job Search books: HF5383 section


College of Science
City University of Hong Kong
G5133, Blue Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
Tel: +852 3442-4567
Fax: +852 3442-0295

Last update: 18 February 2021