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Programme structure

The Master of Science in Computer Science [MSc(CompSc)] curriculum offers the option of four focused streams of study, a general one and specialised streams in Financial Computing, Multimedia Computing and Information Security.

  • The Information Security Stream is a multidisciplinary area of study and professional activity concerned with state-of-the-art technology in information security, including the latest hot issues such as cybersecurity. The programme will study different aspects of information security from different perspectives, including technical, organisational, human-oriented and legal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The General Stream covers a broad, comprehensive range of Computer Science subjects, including a wide range of courses from which students can choose.

Mode of Enrolment

Students are required to complete 72 credits to graduate, of which 48 credits from courses (equivalent to eight 6-credit courses) plus a dissertation (equivalent to 24 credits). Students of Information Security, Multimedia Computing, or Financial Computing Stream will be required to select a minimum of 4 stream specific courses in the corresponding subject group, and undertake a dissertation in the area of the corresponding stream. For General Stream, the candidate can choose 48 credits of courses in the curriculum, and undertake a dissertation in any area in computer science.

A student may select no more than two courses (at most 12 credits in total) from the syllabuses for the degrees of MSc(ECom&IComp) and MSc(Eng), subject to the approval of the Head of the Department of Computer Science. The details of courses from MSc(ECom&IComp) can be found in this website: http://www.ecom-icom.hku.hk.

Duration of study

The MSc(CompSc) programme is offered in part-time and full-time modes. For the part-time mode, the curriculum shall normally take eight semesters of study, and the maximum period of study is three years. The curriculum in full-time mode shall take 4 semesters of study, and the maximum period is two years.

Classes are usually conducted in weekday daytime or evenings from 7:00 p.m., or during weekends.

We have 3 semesters in an academic year, i.e. semester 1: September – December, semester 2: January – May and the summer semester: June – August.

Sample study calendar:

Department of Computer Science The University of Hong Kong 香港大學 計算機科學系