City University of Hong Kong


Programme Structure (for 2021 intake)


Courses in the programme are categorized into core (required) courses and Electives (elective courses). The list of Electives is divided into two groups: Group I and Group II. To obtain the award of Master of Science in Computer Science, students are required to take

  • all 9 credit units of the core courses, and
  • 21 credit units of Electives, including at least 3 credit units of Electives in Group I.

Some of the Electives are also designated as Stream (Core or Elective) Courses of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stream, Data Science (DS) Stream or Information Security (IS) Stream. Students may choose to

  • concentrate on a stream by taking at least 12 credit units of the stream courses, including all the stream core course(s), if any, and no more than 3 credit units of courses of each of the other streams, OR
  • take any Electives without concentration on any stream

Refer to Taught Postgraduate Catalogue for more information of individual courses.

Core Courses - 9 credit units

CodeTitleCredit UnitsRemarks
CS5222 Computer Networks and Internets 3
CS5351 Software Engineering 3
CS5481 Data Engineering 3

Elective Courses - 21 credit units

Group I Electives - at least 3 credit units

CodeTitleCredit UnitsRemarks
CS5487 Machine Learning: Principles and Practice 3 AI Stream Elective
CS6493 Natural Language Processing 3 AI Stream Elective
CS6535 Guided Study in Artificial Intelligence 3 AI Stream Elective
CS5286 Algorithms & Techniques for Web Searching 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5296 Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5489 Machine Learning: Algorithms and Applications 3 DS Stream Elective
CS6536 Guided Study in Data Science 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5293 Topics on Information Security 3 IS Stream Elective
CS6290 Privacy-enhancing Technologies 3 IS Stream Elective
CS6537 Guided Study in Information Security 3 IS Stream Elective
CS5188 Virtual Reality Technologies and Applications 3
CS5367 Computer Games Design 3
CS6187 Vision and Language 3
CS6487 Topics in Machine Learning 3
CS6520 Project 6
CS6534 Guided Study 3

Group II Electives

CodeTitleCredit UnitsRemarks
CS5491 Artificial Intelligence 3 AI Stream Core
CS5187 Vision and Image 3 AI Stream Elective
CS5486 Intelligent Systems 3 AI Stream Elective
CS5483 Data Warehousing and Data Mining 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5488 Big Data Algorithms and Techniques 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5285 Information Security for eCommerce 3 IS Stream Elective
CS5288 Cryptography: Theory and Practice 3 IS Stream Elective
CS5294 Information Security Technology Management 3 IS Stream Elective
CS5182 Computer Graphics 3
CS5185 Multimedia Technologies and Applications 3
CS5282 Practical Optimization Algorithms and Techniques 3
CS5348 Software Quality Engineering 3
CS6175 Virtual Reality and Game-Engine Technologies 3
CS6491 Topics in Optimization and its Applications in Computer Science 3
EC5001 Introduction to eCommerce 3

Note: Not all courses in the curriculum will be offered in every semester/term. The courses offered in each semester may vary depending on student demand, staff availability, and other circumstances.