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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

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.

PGC Information Security


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P53-C
Mode of Programme Part time
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and/or Saturdays
Indicative Intake Target 5
Minimum No. of Credits Required 12
Normal Duration of Programme 1 year
Maximum Study Period 2.5 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
Dr YU Yuen Tak
BSc CertEd HK, GradDip PhD Melb, MIEEE, MACM
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8580

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 additional exposure to such topics as information security management policies, cryptography 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 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or pass in the old CET-6 result; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.


Course Description

Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits in which 3 credits come from the required course and 9 credits from the elective courses, including at least 3 credits of courses in Group I. Each course is worth 3 credit units.

The required course is:

  • Information Security for eCommerce

Elective courses that may be offered are:

  • Privacy-enhancing Technologies (Group I)
  • Topics on Information Security (Group I)
  • Guided Study (Group I)
  • Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice (Group II)
  • Computer Networks and Internets (Group II)
  • Cryptography: Theory and Practice (Group II)
  • Information Security Technology Management (Group II)

Upon graduation, students may continue their studies by applying for the Master of Science in Computer Science programme, with credit transfer of a maximum of 9 credit units. Alternatively, students may opt to continue their studies by applying for programme transfer to the Master of Science in Computer Science programme, with credit transfer of a maximum of 12 credit units.