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Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MSc Information Systems Management


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P06
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday (daytime and evening) and Saturday afternoon
Indicative Intake Target 90
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Programme Website Click here to open
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
Prof Stephen LIAO
PhD (Aix-Marseille U)
Programme Leader
Dr Raymond LAU
PhD (Q'ld. U.T.)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8521
† 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.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MScISM) programme has been designed for Business/IT graduates who are interested in acquiring information management skills.  This programme provides an optional specialization of study in one of the two areas of Business Intelligence or Technology and Entrepreneurship.

The programme aims to present at postgraduate level of the theories, methods, support techniques and skills required for efficient and effective management of the information systems function in the business, commercial, industrial and public sectors.  

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must:
  • hold a recognized Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from one of the tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong funded by the University Grant Committee (UGC), or equivalent. Applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree and have relevant work experience will be given preference. 

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 of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

Course Description

Core Courses (a total of 18 credits)

  • Business Data Analytics
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Information Systems Planning and Strategy
  • Management Support and Business Intelligence Systems
  • Project Management and Quality Assurance
  • Social Media Applications

Electives (a total of 12 credits)

Students can select any taught Master level elective courses offered by other departments within the College of Business.   However, students are advised to enrol one of the following two tracks by acquiring specialized skills and knowledge.

Track - Business Intelligence

  • Business Intelligence Applications
  • Database Management Systems
  • Knowledge Management

Track - Technology and Entrepreneurship

  • Information Technology Based Organization Transformation
  • Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology Leadership Forum

Bonus Features

1. Students can take an optional one semester cultural exchange study at one of the collaborating universities in Europe, North America, or Asia. The exchange study is managed by College of Business and the tuition fee during the exchange period is waived. 


2. Scholarships can be offered to outstanding students.


3. Part-time research assistant work opportunities offered by the Department of Information Systems.   The part-time research assistant work offers financial support up to a maximum of 50% of the programme tuition fee.


4. The Information Systems Management Project elective allow participants to undertake in depth study of any specific information management issue.  The Management Consulting in Asia elective is in the form of a field study of normally 7 to 8 days outside Hong Kong. 

5. Continuing Education Fund (CEF): Some courses offered in this programme are eligible for the application of a subsidy from the CEF and each applicant may receive up to HK$10,000 refund within a four-year application period.#
#CEF is only applicable to Hong Kong residents