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Entrance Year Sept 2023

Programme Code 42481-INS

Stream Code 42481-INS

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration 4 years

Programme Intake 68 (for the whole scheme)

Fund Type Government-Funded

Credits Required for Graduation 127 (plus training credits)

Programme Leaders Dr Haibo Hu


  • The credit requirements of the programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Students can take a number of extra electives to earn a Minor Award in areas such as applied mathematics, accountancy, business, finance or management, among others.

Entry Scholarship

  • To give encouragement and recognition to HKDSE students with outstanding academic performance, and to support their studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) at PolyU launched the “EIE Academic Entrance Scholarship for Outstanding HKDSE Admittees” in the 2016-17 academic year. Details of the scholarship are given in the information sheet, which can be viewed here.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

This Programme aims at producing graduates with:

  • a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to information security;
  • creativity and innovation;
  • adaptability to changing technology and society; and 
  • all-rounded attributes.


Programme Characteristics and Intended Learning Outcomes

The programme offers a good mix of basic theory, hands-on practice and application examples. In the latter part of Year Three, students can make use of the knowledge that they have acquired to conduct an integrated project. During the summer of Year Three, students have the opportunity to join an internship programme. In the Final Year, students can focus on selected areas by choosing relevant electives.


Students can take part in the University’s exchange programme that allows them to study in an overseas institution for one semester. Financial subsidies may be provided by the Faculty of Engineering. The exchange programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to study abroad and broaden their horizons and allows them to appreciate the cultures of other countries. Very positive experiences have been reported by students who have participated in the programme.


The intended learning outcomes of programme are the attributes of the graduates who have completed the Programme successfully. These attributes are classified into two broad categories. Category A consists of attributes such as knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that are related to information security. Category B consists of the attributes that make our graduates all-rounded attributes and support their further development.


On successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:


Category A: Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science appropriate to the discipline of information security.

2. Apply knowledge of information security to the abstraction and conceptualisation of information and communications technology (ICT) models.

3. Analyse an information security problem and identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution.

4. Design, implement and evaluate an information security system, process, component, or program to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety and social and environmental considerations.

5. Use the current techniques, skills and tools for the practice in information security with an understanding of the limitations.


Category B: Attributes for All-Roundedness

6. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

7. Have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

8. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

9. Analyse the local and global impact of information security on individuals, organisations, and society.

10. Recognise the need for and engage in continuing professional development.

Subject Syllabi

Undergraduate Programme Subjects

MSc Subjects

MPhil/PhD Subjects

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