Programme Overview

The MSc (CompSc) programme is a comprehensive postgraduate study programme provides advanced and in-depth learning in Computer Science. The programme is credit unit based, with courses of both applied and fundamental nature.

Students can choose focussed streams of study or a comprehensive and diversified study in Computer Science, i.e. General Stream.

Focussed streams of study represent a cohesive collection of related courses that provide both fundamental and in-depth exposure to students in a given ICT domain.

Students can extend and deepen their knowledge in the specialization streams in Cyber Security, Multimedia Computing and Financial Computing.

Stream of Study

Cyber Security

The Cyber Security Stream is a multidisciplinary area of study and professional activity concerned with state-of-the-art technology in cybersecurity.

The curriculum covers different aspects of cybersecurity from different perspectives, including technical, organisational, human-oriented and legal.

Multimedia Computing

The Multimedia Computing Stream focuses on multimedia computing, communications, analytics, visualisation and applications.

Multimedia Computing encompasses media coding and processing, streaming-media middleware, media representations, real-time protocols, media analysis, and human-interaction and visualisation techniques.

Students are encouraged to develop innovative ideas using the latest development in technology such as mobile devices and big-data analytics.

Financial Computing

The Financial Computing Stream is the study of data and algorithms used in finance and the mathematics of computer programs that realise financial models or systems.

Financial Computing emphasises practical numerical methods and focuses on techniques that are directly applicable to business and financial analysis.

The emphasis will be in the computing aspect of the financial industry.

General Stream

General Stream covers a broad, comprehensive range of Computer Science subjects, including a wide range of courses from which students can choose from. It offers students the most flexibility to design their own study portfolio based on their career aspiration or requirements.

Application Procedures

Applicants can submit their application via the online application system.

The following supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application system before the application deadline or expiry of your application account (which is valid for four weeks only), whichever is earlier:

  • Graduate transcript(s) with a grading system of all tertiary level studies.
  • Degree certificate(s).
  • English Language proficiency test score report, such as TOEFL or IELTS (only for applicants with qualifications from institutions outside Hong Kong where the language of instruction and/or examination is not English).
  • Proof of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) / average grade/average mark.
  • Official proof of class ranking, if available.
  • A curriculum vitae (C.V.).

Applicants are not required to submit original documents during the application stage. Should an applicant be given an admission offer by the Programme, he/she will receive notification of the need to submit original/certified true copy* of the documents to the MSc(CompSc) Programme Office.

Please note that documents once submitted will not be returned, and will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

*The University will only ACCEPT originals and copies of the documents that have been duly declared as true copies before a notary public.

Application Fee

The application fee is HK$300 (non-refundable), paid by credit card online.

Admission Requirements


To be eligible for admission to the programmes, a candidate shall satisfy both the University Entrance Requirements and the Programme Entrance Requirements including but not limited to:

  • shall comply with the General Regulations;
  • shall hold a Bachelor’s degree of this University or a qualification of an equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
  • for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to high degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b); and
  • satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants who wish to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain:

  • a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who took the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score report to the University directly. For this purpose, the HKU TOEFL code is 9671. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted, or
  • a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • grade C or above in the Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or
  • grade C or above in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or
  • grade C or above in the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language;

unless in exceptional circumstances they are exempted from this requirement.

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Last updated April 20, 2019
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