MSc Multimedia Information Technology

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 28 Feb 2023

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia Information Technology (PGD)

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required

45 (Master's Degree with Industrial Research option); 45 (Master's Degree with Business Management option); 30 (Master's Degree); 24 (Postgraduate Diploma)

Class Schedule

Daytime and evening sessions

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year, 1.5 years for Industrial Research option and Business Management option;
Part-time: 2 years, 3 years for Business Management option

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 year, 3.5 years for Industrial Research option and Business Management option;
Part-time: 5 years, 7.5 years for Business Management option

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 Steve H Wong
B.Eng., M.Phil., Ph.D. CityU (HK), SMIEEE
+852 3442 5935
General Enquiries
Ms Kate Szeto
+852 3442 7869
+852 3442 0562
Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme provides well-structured training for IT professionals who want to keep abreast with the dynamics in multimedia and information technology. It aims at equipping students with in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the-art multimedia information technology and the necessary skills to meet the needs from the community. On completion of the programme, students with different technical backgrounds and aspirations can:

  • have a strong theoretical foundation in multimedia systems and applications, mobile computing, internet computing and networking;
  • acquire analytical ability that enables them to conduct high-level research and development in the rapidly changing IT industry;
  • enhance their capacity to continue professional and career development

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

With the global trend towards the adoption of the outcomes based approach to education, City University of Hong Kong embarked on the Outcomes-based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) project to signify its determination to continue to enhance the education experience for its students. All taught postgraduate programmes and courses of EE have adopted this outcomes based approach since 2009, with some of them in pilot runs in earlier years. Sets of intended learning outcomes on both course level and programme level have been developed. Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) of individual courses and their constructive alignment with programme outcomes can be found in respective course syllabuses while Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are listed below for students' reference:

  1. Describe current and anticipated trends in the selected areas including the processing, storage, retrieval, communication and visualization of multimedia information.
  2. Evaluate and analyze new technologies in the selected areas.
  3. Apply specialist knowledge in the selected areas.
  4. Assess, evaluate and formulate solutions to problems or specifications, in the selected areas.
  5. Carry out research and develop new technologies and products in the selected areas.
  6. Apply effective communication skills in their professions.
  7. Manage teams of technologists with good senses of business and marketing (BM option only).
  8. Manage a research project and develop strong ability to do academic/ industrial research (IR option only)
Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and one of the following:

  • possess a BSc or BEng degree in related disciplines such as Information Technology, Information Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics (preferably with a minor in Computer Science) and Applied Physics (preferably with a minor in Computer Science); or
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification, or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose to the University.

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); or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^ 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.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5
Course Description

Students must complete a total of 30 credit units (CUs) including:

  • At least 24 CUs of technical elective1 courses where at least 6 CUs must be multimedia technology related courses
  • At least 12 CUs must be level-6 courses
  • Minimum 18 CUs of EE courses

Industrial Research (IR) Option2

Students must complete a total of 45 credit units (CUs) including:

  • At least 24 CUs of technical elective1 courses where at least 6 CUs must be multimedia technology related courses 
  • At least 12 CUs must be level-6 courses excluding EE6691
  • 15 CUs of EE6691 Applied Research Internship Scheme in Electronic Engineering
  • Minimum 18 CUs of EE courses excluding EE6691

Business Management (BM) Option3

Students must complete a total of 45 credit units (CUs) including:

  • At least 24 CUs of technical elective1 courses where at least 6 CUs must be multimedia technology related courses 
  • At least 12 CUs must be level-6 courses
  • At least 15 CUs but not more than 18 CUs must be Business Management (BM) elective courses
  • Minimum 18 CUs of EE courses

Note 1 : Technical elective courses consist of all EE, CS and SM elective courses.
Note 2 : The award title will be Master of Science in Multimedia Information Technology with Industrial Research
Note 3 : The award title will be Master of Science in Multimedia Information Technology with Business Management


Please refer to EE programme website for the elective course list:
Did You Know?
  • Ranked 21st worldwide and 1st in Hong Kong by subject in Electrical and Electronic Engineering according to U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2022
  • Largest EE department among local universities with 49 professors
  • Currently, we have 2 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), 1 Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, 16 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (FIEEE), 27 faculty listed as top 2% of world's most highly cited scientists, 7 IEEE Society Award Winners, and 3 Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellows.
  • 3 Centres and *1 State Key Laboratory Established - The Department has established 3 centres namely 1/ Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks, 2/ Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology and 3/ Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research.


*Notably, the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves was established in 2008 with the support and approval of the Ministry of Science and Technology, PRC, as the only State Key Laboratory in Hong Kong in the engineering discipline.

Bonus Features
  • ​Completion of programme normally in 1 year in full-time mode
  • Courses taught by experienced professors or industrialists
  • Internship opportunities at local or overseas research institutions or companies
  • Multiple exit awards and re-entry routes
† 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.