BSc Computer Science

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1204
BSc Computer Science
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Leader
Dr Raymond WONG
BSc, MPhil (CUHK), PhD (Sydney)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8580 (Phone)
+852 3442 0503 (Fax)
Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1204

Department of Computer Science

This programme is one of the leading Computer Science programmes in Hong Kong, providing students with a well-balanced curriculum and solid education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of computing. This foundation enables students to lead successful careers as professional software developers, system architects, system analysts, technology officers, etc. Besides acquiring a broad knowledge of Computer Science, students can elect to specialise in different technology streams, such as information security, multimedia, software engineering/project management or data science. In addition, our one-year Information Technology Professional Placement provides students with the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in school and to gain valuable real-world work experience, giving them a head start in their careers.



Our Target

We provide students with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of the computer science discipline. This prepares them for successful careers as system architects and technology officers in the continually developing information technology environment. Our flexible curriculum enables students to develop a strong foundation in the overall discipline and specialisation in a particular area. Through a wide range of electives, our students can keep pace with trends in technology.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Direct/Non-JUPAS applicants will apply for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme.

Applicants holding a 12-year school-leaving qualification or a partially completed sub-degree qualification will apply for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme (admission code: 1204).

Applicants holding a 13-year school-leaving qualification, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or a General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCEAL) qualification may apply for direct admission to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme with Advanced Standing I (admission code: 1561) or without advanced standing (first-year studies, admission code: 1204).

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They will be considered for direct admission to this major (JS1204, first-year studies). For details, click here.

First-Year Curriculum

Subject Area

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Gateway Education (15 credit units)


GE1401 and GE2410



University English  (3CU)
English for Engineering (3CU)


English for Academic Purposes (6 CU)
(depending on students' language background)


College-specified Courses(Mathematics and Computing)

MA1200 / MA1300

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I /
Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I


MA1201 / MA1301

Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II /
Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II


CS1102 / CS1302

Introduction to Computer Studies /
Introduction to Computer Programming


College Requirement (6 credit units)

Choose two from the following three subject areas:



General Physics I (3CU)




Chemistry (3CU)



Discovery in Biology (3CU)

Major Requirements (9 credit units)

Core Courses


Computer Programming



Fundamental of Internet Applications Development


Required Supporting Course


Probability in Action: From the Unfinished Game to the Modern World




Industrial Training and International Exchange

After completing two years of full-time study, students take the year-long IT Professional Placement (ITPP) course in the third year. ITPP enables students to integrate and apply what they have learnt in class in a real-world environment. It includes working in a project development team and communicating with various kinds of personnel in business organisations. Students may choose to work in ITPP sponsor organisations including international computer vendors such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard HK SAR Ltd; banks such as HSBC and the Hang Seng Bank; the Hong Kong SAR government and related organisations such as the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Hospital Authority, the Housing Authority, the Education Bureau and other enterprises such as the Hong Kong Disneyland, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. During the placement year, students will take one day off weekly from work to study a number of courses.

Furthermore, for students to broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer over 110 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner institutions around the world including universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

For details, please visit the University's website.

Professional Recognition

This programme is the first computer science programme in Hong Kong accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University

Did You Know?

This is one of the most popular computer science programmes in Hong Kong. We have student exchange partnerships with well-known universities including University College London (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US) and University of New South Wales (Australia), Peking University (China) and Tsinghua University (China).