PGC Information Security

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 Mar 2021

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Mostly on weekday evenings

Normal Study Period

1 year

Maximum Study Period

2.5 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
BSc CertEd HK, GradDip PhD Melb, MIEEE, MACM
General Enquiries
Programme Aims and Objectives

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, privacy protection and cloud computing.

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:

  • 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.

@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 for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Please refer to the updated admissions website for information.

Course Description

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)

Upon graduation, students may further their studies by applying for the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) programme with credit transfer of a maximum of 9 credit units, or the Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (MSEC) programme with credit transfer of at least 3 credit units.

Alternatively, before graduation, 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 MSCS requirements or at least 3 credit units for fulfilling the MSEC requirements.