This programme is designed to provide IT professionals with a solid background in the theory and practice of information security. The student will acquire in-depth understanding of state-of-the-art techniques in the design of secure information systems, encompassing issues in the protection of data during processing, storage and transmission, and the implementation of secure computer systems and networks. A set of elective courses provide exposure to such topics as information security management policies, privacy protection and cloud computing.
Year of Entry2020
Application DeadlineLocal : Application Closed
Mode of StudyPart-time
Mode of FundingNon-government-funded
Indicative Intake Target5
Minimum No. of Credits Required12
Class ScheduleMostly on weekday evenings
Normal Study Period1 year
Maximum Study Period2.5 years
Mode of ProcessingApplications 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.
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:
- TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
- overall band score 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
- score 450 in the new College English Test Band 6 (CET-6) of Chinese mainland; or
- other equivalent qualifications.
Students are required to complete a total of 12 credit units in which 3 credit units come from the core course and 9 credit units from the elective courses, including at least 3 credit units of courses in Group I. Each course is worth 3 credit units.
The core course is:
- Information Security for eCommerce
Elective courses that may be offered are:
- Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice (Group I)
- Privacy-enhancing Technologies (Group I)
- Topics on Information Security (Group I)
- Guided Study (Group I)
- Computer Networks and Internets (Group II)
- Cryptography: Theory and Practice (Group II)
- Information Security Technology Management (Group II)
(1) Upon graduation, students may further their studies by applying for the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) programme or Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (MSEC) programme, with credit transfer of a maximum of 9 credit units for MSCS and a maximum of 6 credit units of the core courses for MSEC.
(2) Alternatively, during their study of the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Security programme, students may opt to further their studies by applying for programme transfer to the MSCS or MSEC programme. If programme transfer is approved, up to a maximum of 4 completed courses would be recognized as fulfilling the requirements of the MSCS programme or a maximum of 2 completed core courses for MSEC.