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Undergraduate Programmes

Information Technology

B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems


Course Code: 1545-DP068A (CE 68-898-00/71) (Year 1 Entry) / 1545-DP068A (CE 68-851-00/71)(Year 2 Entry)
Ms. Alice Wong
T: 2975 5781


Programme Overview

In the world of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) there is a strong awareness of the gap, in understanding and communication, between technical computing specialists and business management. The former often do not understand business processes while the latter frequently lack awareness of the threats and opportunities brought about by changing levels of computer use. Technically competent project managers can span this gap, where they are able to comprehend management requirements for the organisation in business terms while leading a team of technical professionals in providing Information Systems solutions that meet these business needs.

The CIS programme is designed to help you become such a leader, but is by no means limited to such a vocational purpose, however valuable. The programme also provides a path to a variety of higher degrees that can further differentiate you in today’s competitive employment market.

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Programme Highlights

  • Degrees are awarded with the following classifications: First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (divided into Upper Division and Lower Division) and Third Class Honours;
  • Degree is awarded by the Goldsmiths College, University of London.


University of London International Programmes

University of London

University of London International Programmes

The University of London is truly one of the greatest universities in the world. The University is a federation of 18 world-class Colleges and 10 specialised institutes, with a student population of more than 170,000. The University's reputation for high academic standards has been built on the outstanding teaching and research of its Colleges since 1836, and its degrees are recognised internationally by governments, universities, employers and professional bodies as being of a high academic quality and standard.

For over 150 years, University of London degrees have been accessible to students all over the world through the University of London International Programmes. Over the years, many exceptional people who have studied with the University of London International Programmes have shaped our world. Former students include seven Nobel Prize winners, leaders of commonwealth countries, government ministers, renowned authors, academics, judges and business leaders. Today, the University of London International Programmes is truly international in character with more than 54,000 students in 180 different countries.

Lead College: Goldsmiths College

Goldsmiths is all about the freedom to experiment, to think differently, to be an individual. Founded in 1891, the College brings creative and unconventional approaches to subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences, with a strong emphasis on the highest academic standards of teaching and research.

The Department of Computing at Goldsmiths is a leading centre in the UK for the study of Arts and Music Computing, Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Science. Academic staff are leaders and partners on a variety of research projects and have key alliances with other universities, cultural institutions, and creative as well as telecommunications industries.

Current research within the Department includes Ontology of Digital Culture, Intelligent Sound and Music Systems, Adaptive Technologies and Algorithms and Computer Networks.

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Maggie Cooper
Dr. Maggie Cooper
Course Director of International Programmes at Goldsmiths

The University of London International Programmes has been offering degrees to students around the world for over 150 years. The Computing and Information Systems (CIS) programme has a rather shorter pedigree of over 20 years, and we've been working with HKU SPACE (an Affiliate institution) since the programme launched in 1992. With the support of the International College (IC) staff, over 1000 students have now gained their BSc in Computing and Information Systems. 

The programme is constantly evolving to keep pace with the IT industry; its core aim is to provide a strong background in technical aspects of Computing, combined with an understanding of organisational and business practices in relation to information technology. Individual courses highlight different aspects of practical work, to ensure students go beyond simply learning how to use technology, and start designing and building themselves. We also recognise that beyond the technical aspects of Computing, IT is a people-based industry, and our graduates are highly sought after as technically competent IT managers. Others take more technically-oriented roles, or opt for higher degree study in order to further differentiate themselves.

Those with an appropriate Associate Degree or Higher Diploma can obtain exemptions from up to a year of CIS study and so may complete the BSc in as little as two years. And you also have the option of transferring to study in London to complete your degree.

The University of London International Programmes and IC is a strong combination, and I hope you'll consider joining us for stimulating, challenging, flexible, and relevant studies. The Goldsmiths team visit regularly, and I look forward to meeting you over the course of your degree.

Dr. Maggie Cooper
Course Director for International Programmes
on Computing Programmes
Goldsmiths, University of London



Content and

Programme Structure

This programme consists of nine full courses and six half courses. Graduates of an Associate of Information Technology/ a Higher Diploma in Information Technology awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, and of the University of London's Diploma in Computing and Information Systems awarded by the University of London, and a recognised sub-degree may be granted exemptions from up to four courses. With full exemptions from the first year of study, students will be admitted to Level 2 and will be required to take five full courses and six half courses as follows:

Level Course Title
Level 1 Four Compulsory full courses:
CO1102 Mathematics for computing
CO1108 Information systems: foundation of e-Business
CO1109 Introduction to Java and object-oriented programming
CO1110 Introduction to computing and the Internet
Level 2 Four Compulsory full courses:
CO2209 Database systems
CO2220 Graphical object-oriented and Internet programming in Java
CO2222 Data communications and enterprise networking
CO2226 Software engineering, algorithm design and analysis
Level 3 Six half courses from the following:
CO3310 Artificial intelligence
CO3311 Neural networks
CO3318 Information systems managementCEF
CO3323 Electronic commerce
CO3325 Data compression
CO3326 Computer security
CO3348 Interaction design
CO3352 Operations research and combinatorial optimisation
CO3353 Software engineering project management
CO3354 Introduction to natural language processing
CO3355 Advanced graphics and animation
PLUS a compulsory project:
CO3320 Project (full course)

CEF The module Information systems management has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. 

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide by prospective students. HKU SPACE and University of London International Programmes reserve the right to vary the structure if required.

Duration of Study

The normal duration of the programme is three years. With full exemptions from the first year of study, students may complete the programme in two years. 

Teaching Mode

The teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, examination revision, workshops and individual/ group projects.


Assessment will be done by examination. Each course is assessed by one three-hour written examination set by the University of London.  All examinations are held once a year in May / June.

Further Studies

Graduates of the B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems are eligible to pursue further studies in IT-related disciplines at postgraduate level.

Teaching Staff

  • Programme Leaders
    COOPER, Maggie
    BA, PhD Newcastle upon Tyne
    LAI, Kent
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    IP, Kin BIT, HK; MBA Canada
    KWAN, Alex BSc Lond; MBA Sydney; PCAEd OUHK; MHKCS
    LAI, Pauli BEng, CUHK; MSc (CS) HKU; PhD HKU
    NG, Sunny BEng UK; MSc HKU; MA CityUHK
    NG, Tyson BSc (Engg.), PhD HK
    WONG, Jimmy BSc (Hon) EssexU UK; MSc (Eng) HKMSc HKBU; MBA Murdoch AustDBA Hull
    YIP, Beta BEng, PhD HK; FHKMetSoc; MACM; MIEEE


Award and


Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, students will be awarded B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems.

Degrees are awarded with the following classifications: First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (divided into Upper Division and Lower Division) and Third Class Honours.


Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the 2017/18 intake will be HK$112,200 to HKU SPACE and GBP5,995 to University of London.

The tuition fee for the 2017/18 intake are:

Level University of London (GBP) HKU SPACE (HKD)
Level 1 £2,136 $36,000
Level 2 £2,136 $36,000
Level 3 £1,723 $40,200
Total £5,995 $112,200

An application fee GBP88 payable to the University of London also applies.

*Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change without prior notice.

Continuing Education Fund CEF

The course Information systems management in the programme has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. For details, please refer to Financial Assistance section. 

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)

Students are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government’s Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The maximum financial assistance under the ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee payable to the HKU SPACE in the academic year. For details, please refer to the website of Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA). 

IC Scholarships and Bursaries

A number of IC Scholarships and Bursaries are made available for eligible new entrants to apply every year. Please consult programme staff for more information.



Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

1.   be aged at least 17 years; and

2.   have 2 passes at GCE 'A' Level / HKAL + 3 further subjects at HKCEE (grade E or  
      above); or

     2 passes at GCE 'A' Level / HKAL + 3 further subjects at GCSE / GCE 'O' Level (grade C
     or above); or

     3 passes at GCE 'A' Level / HKAL + 1 further subject at HKCEE (grade E or above); or

     3 passes at GCE 'A' Level / HKAL + 1 further subject at GCSE / GCE 'O' Level (grade C or
     above); or   

    2 passes at GCE 'A' Level / HKAL + 2 further subjects at 'AS' Level; or

     2 HKDSE Category A subjects at Level 3 or above and 3 further HKDSE Category A
     subjects at Level 2 or above; and

3.   possess a Pass in Mathematics at GCSE / GCE 'O' Level / HKCEE (grade B or above) /
      HKDSE (Level 3 or above); and

4.    have proof of competence in English accepted by the University (at least equivalent
       to a grade C in English Language at GCSE/ GCE 'O' Level or a grade C in English
       Language (Syllabus B) at HKCEE, or Level 3 in English Language at HKDSE

HKDSE graduates are eligible to apply for Year 1 entry to this programme.  The University of London offers 3-year bachelor's programmes to HKDSE graduates who do not meet the full requirements for local universities while obtaining good scores in English and Mathematics.

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience which are recognized by the University of London will be considered on individual merit, but their exemptions need to be determined by the University of London.


Student Work
and Activities

CSM London Summer Study Programme

This programme organised by IC provides a valuable opportunity for students to enroll into a short course in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), one of the world’s leading institutes for arts and design education with 150 years of history.

IC-ECNU Shanghai Winter Study Programme

This programme enables students to broaden their intercultural outlook by exploring Shanghai’s past and present, discovering local culture, lifestyle and art development. They can also experience East China Normal University’s campus, hall life and study with ECNU students.



This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.