MSc Digital Transformation and Technological Innovation

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 May 2024

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekday (daytime and evening) and Saturday afternoon

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof Robert DAVISON
MA (Nott.), PhD (City HK)
Deputy Programme Leader
Prof Xueyan YIN
PhD - Arizona State University (ASU)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8521
+852 3442 0369
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to educate and train the digital managers and professionals of the future to understand the opportunity, principles and impact of digital transformation and technological innovation in organizations.  The programme does not assume that students have prior knowledge in these areas, but a background in information systems, business or organization studies will be an advantage.  The programme incorporates a special focus on, and the potential for, strategic advantage that digital transformation and technological innovation can bring.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants should satisfy all of the following to be eligible for admission:

  • hold a recognized Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a business or management related subject from a UGC-funded tertiary education institution in Hong Kong, or an equivalent institution overseas;
  • have gained a basic level of computer literacy; and
  • preferably have two or more years of working experience.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • 79 (Internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Course Description

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Foundations of Information and Electronic Business Systems
  • Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems Consulting
  • Information Systems Planning and Strategy
  • Digital Transformation and Technological Innovation in the Organisation
  • Research Methods for the IS Manager

Selected Electives (a total of 12 credits) ++

  • Analytical Programming with Python
  • Machine Learning & Social Media Analytics
  • Blockchain Technology and Business Applications
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Business Intelligence Applications
  • Data Visualisation
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Information Systems Project
  • Information Technology Leadership Forum
  • IoT Technologies for Future City Applications
  • Management Support and Business Intelligence Systems
  • Outsourcing and Offshoring Management
  • Project Management and Quality Assurance

++ Students may also take up to 6 credits of electives offered by the departments within the College of Business, i.e. Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Management Sciences.

No internships available in this MSc programme.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.