MSc Computer Science

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 Mar 2023
Non-local : 31 Jan 2023

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required

Master's degree: 30; Postgraduate Diploma: 24

Class Schedule

Mostly on weekday evenings

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year;
Part-time/Combined mode: 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
Dr YU Yuen Tak
General Enquiries
Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to (1) enable computer professionals to strengthen and upgrade their technical capabilities in computer software development, (2) broaden students’ knowledge and deepen their understanding of key issues of specific areas in computer science, including artificial intelligence, data science, information security, multimedia, and other related contemporary technologies, and (3) prepare graduates to take up research and advanced innovative development work in the industry or pursue higher research studies.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have:

  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a computing discipline such as Computer Studies, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or equivalent; or
  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a related discipline such as Electronic Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Manufacturing Engineering, Quantitative Analysis, or equivalent, together with applicable working experience in information technology.

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:

  • a score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on 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 of 450 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (CET-6); 

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

@ 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 start 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.

Only the above English tests are accepted for MSc Computer Science (P53) and the following English tests are NOT accepted for the programme:

  • Duolingo
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • others

Please refer to the updated admissions website for information.

Applicants holding the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are classified as non-local students: 

  • Student visa / entry permit
  • Visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG Visa)
  • Dependant visa / entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR
Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “STEM” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 4 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the programmein full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.

Course Description

The programme consists of three core courses and two groups of Electives (elective courses). The core courses will enable students to acquire a solid foundation in computer science at the postgraduate level. The elective courses are divided into two groups: Group I and Group II. Students are required to take at least 21 credit units of Electives, including at least 3 credit units of Electives in Group I. The elective courses cover a broad range of areas in the field, including artificial intelligence, data science, information security, multimedia, and other related contemporary technologies. Each course is worth 3 credit units except for the elective Project course which is worth 6 credit units. Through suitable choices of elective courses, students may concentrate on a study stream (Artificial Intelligence Stream, Data Science Stream or Information Security Stream) based on their interests. Alternatively, students may also choose any elective courses without concentration on a particular stream. Refer to the programme’s website (https://www.cs.cityu.edu.hk/academic-programmes/msc-computer-science/aims) for details.

Did You Know?
  • Students may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science after obtaining a total of 24 credit units (including all the 3 core courses and at least 3 credit units of elective courses in Group I) with satisfactory academic results if they decide to exit early.
  • The Project course is optional. Students may take 2 other elective courses in lieu of the Project course.
  • By taking one of the Guided Study courses and/or the Project course, students may gain the experience of working on a small-scale research problem (under supervision of an academic staff in the department) to get better prepared for higher research studies.
  • Students will have a good chance of admission to higher research studies if they obtain excellent academic results upon graduation.
† 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.