Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


Normally 64 (plus 2 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credits transferred.

  • For students who are also interested in applying for the “Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Artificial Intelligence and Information Engineering” (46409-SYA) and “Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems and Internet-of-Things” (46409-SYE) programmes, in addition to Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Security, you should:

    1. put 2 of these programmes as your 1st and 2nd priority programmes via PolyU eAdmission system on/before the application deadline;

    2. complete and return the Notification of Interest for 2024/25 Admission form to by the application deadline to indicate the 3rd priority programme you wish the Department to consider.

  • This programme is jointly offered by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering of PolyU.

  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.

  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be studied will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.

  • Priority will be given to applicants selecting the programme as their first choice of application.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This Programme aims at producing graduates with:

  1. a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to Information Security;

  2. creativity and innovation;

  3. adaptability to changing technology and society; and

  4. all-rounded attributes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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 embraces such attributes as knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes that are related to Information Security. Category B embraces all-roundedness attributes possessed by the graduates to support their further development.

Category A: Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills

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

  • apply knowledge of mathematics and science appropriate to the discipline of Information Security;

  • apply knowledge of Information Security to the abstraction and conceptualisation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) models;

  • analyse an Information Security problem, and identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution;

  • design, implement, and evaluate an Information Security system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, social and environmental considerations; and

  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for the practices in Information Security with an understanding of the limitations.

Category B: Attributes for All-Roundedness

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

  • function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;

  • have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;

  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;

  • analyse the local and global impact of Information Security on individuals, organisations, and society; and

  • recognise the need for and engage in continuing professional development.




The programme offers a good mix of basic theory, hands-on practice and application examples. In the latter part of Year One, students can make use of the knowledge that they have acquired to conduct an integrated project. During the summer of Year One, 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 through which they 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.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

Accreditation has been sought from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) for the programme.


Career Prospects

The field of ICT offers enormous opportunities in Hong Kong and worldwide, particularly in information security. Corporations recruit ICT professionals to support their businesses by deploying new technologies. Further transition toward a knowledge society and the shifting of the ICT sector toward Cloud Computing and mobile communications will require ICT employees to acquire new skills and knowledge, particularly in the area of information security.


Several recent employment surveys conducted in Hong Kong and worldwide reflect the need for manpower in information security. For example, the 2022 Robert Half Salary Guide shows that Chief Information Officers (CIOs) surveyed found it challenging to find qualified IT staff in IT security, Software/Application Development and Data/Database Management areas. Qualified technology professionals in Hong Kong are getting multiple offers since IT job opportunities are on the rise, promoted partly by the growth of mainland China companies investing and expanding into Hong Kong. Another salary survey, "Hong Kong Executive Salary Outlook 2022" conducted by KPMG, echoed that demand is high for specialists in infrastructure and cyber security as companies need to review security policy and respond to the growing threat of cybercrime in post-COVID era. A salary increment of more than 10% can be expected for IT professionals who have niche skill sets related to information security. In summary, graduates of the information security discipline can expect very promising career prospects both locally and globally.





Students must study the following subjects except those who are given credit transfers due to their prior study.

1. General University Requirement (GUR) Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)

a. 6 credits in Cluster-Area Requirement (CAR)

Students should not take more than 3 credits from the same cluster area.  They also need to fulfil the  English and Chinese reading and writing requirements. Students may apply for a waiver if they have fulfilled the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements in their previous studies.

b. 3 credits in Service-Learning


c. Language and Communication Requirement (LCR)

Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements. 


d. Essential Components of General Education (a non-credit bearing subject)

Students will be required to take the General Education which comprises of National Education, Online Tutorials in Academic Integrity, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) e-modules.


2. Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR) 

a. Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)

Year One

  • Computer Systems Principles
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Data and Computer Communications
  • Database Security
  • Integrated Project
  • Legal Aspects, Professionalism and Ethics of Computing
  • Network Security
  • Number, Combinatorics and Statistics
  • Professional Communication in English for Engineering Students (2 credits)
  • Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits)
  • System Programming
  • Web Application Design and Development

Year Two

  • Capstone Project (6 credits)
  • Engineering Managment
  • Service and Cloud Computing
  • Wireless and Mobile Systems
  • 4 Technical Electives


b. Elective Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)

The pool of Technical Electives covers the following areas:

  • Data Mining and Data Warehousing
  • Digital Forensics for Crime Investigation
  • E-Payment and Cryptocurrency
  • Information Systems Audit and Control
  • Intellectual Property Protection and Management
  • Intrusion Detection and Penetration Test
  • IoT Security
  • Machine Learning in Cyber-Security
  • Principles and Practice of Internet Security
  • Surveillance Studies and Technologies


c. Practical Training (2 Training Credits)



3. Work-Integrated Education (A minimum of 2 WIE credits)

Four weeks’ of full-time employment for 2 WIE credits


More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Credit Required for Graduation

Normally 64 (plus 2 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credits transferred.

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Prof Haibo Hu


Entrance Requirements
  • An Associate Degree or Higher Diploma from a recognised institution in Information Technology, Computer Studies, Computing, Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or other similar disciplines.

  • In addition to academic results, applicants’ communication skills, participation in extra-curricular activities and interview performance will also be considered.


For further programme information, please contact: 
The General Office (tel: 2766 6211/2766 6223; email:

Student Message

University is a place for cognitive training and exploration of areas that have not yet been excavated. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Security not only equips students with knowledge and skills in information security, but also shows them the importance of the discipline’s underlying principles. As a result, students enrolled in the programme are better able to master unfamiliar topics.

An engaging and positive learning environment begins with a harmonious teacher–student relationship. During lectures, the professors in the EIE Department are willing to discuss information security incidents with students to help them come up with some feasible and fascinating solutions. Internships are a golden opportunity for students to gain the latest knowledge of developments in the industry and put the knowledge they have learned into practice. The valuable experience gained from the internship arranged for me by the EIE Department, alongside the up-to-date knowledge gained from lectures, made me a competent fresh graduate and prepared me well to enter a new working environment easier. I am very grateful to have enrolled in this programme with so many like-minded teachers and classmates, as this experience offered a good foundation for my future career.

Lo Chung Yin

I am pleased to be among the first batch of graduates of the BSc(Hons) in Information Security programme. I have acquired a great deal of useful knowledge and skills in different areas of information security such as network security, digital forensic, encryption, database, and operation systems. I now have a high awareness of security threats to systems and understand how to prevent them.

This degree programme is very practical and provides opportunities for students to apply and demonstrate security techniques. For example, in the integrated project, we built a social website similar to Instagram, with a strong emphasis on information security.

The EIE Department has set up an information security laboratory to facilitate our learning. The laboratory includes PCs and servers with high capacity so that we do not need to worry about the power of the hardware when we perform some attack and defence deployments such as DDoS attacks.

Yuen Chun Ming
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Programme Leaflet
Interview Arrangement

To conduct an all-round (academic and non-academic) evaluation of the interests, achievements and ability of applicants.

Date of Interview
November to August

About 15-30 minutes

Individual/ Group Interview

Selected applicants will be invited to interview, if necessary.

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