City University of Hong Kong


(For current students: 2018 intake, 2017 intake, 2016 intake, 2015 intake)

Programme Structure (for 2019 intake)


Courses in the programme are categorized into core 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 designated as Stream Elective of the Data Science (DS) Stream or Information Security (IS) Stream. Students may choose to

  • take any Electives without concentration on any stream, or
  • take any three DS Stream Electives to fulfill the requirement of concentration on the Data Science Stream, or
  • take any three IS Stream Electives to fulfill the requirement of concentration on the Information Security Stream.

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

*CS5296 is both a Data Science Stream Elective and an Information Security Stream Elective.

Group II Electives

CodeTitleCredit UnitsRemarks
CS5182 Computer Graphics 3
CS5185 Multimedia Technologies and Applications 3
CS5187 Vision and Image 3
CS5282 Practical Optimization Algorithms and Techniques 3
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
CS5348 Software Quality Engineering 3
CS5483 Data Warehousing and Data Mining 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5486 Intelligent Systems 3
CS5488 Big Data Algorithms and Techniques 3 DS Stream Elective
CS5491 Artificial Intelligence 3
CS6175 Virtual Reality and Game-Engine Technologies 3
EC5001 Introduction to eCommerce 3