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Computer Science

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Open for
Programme Code
Study Period
2 Years
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Non-JUPAS Senior Year
Programme Introduction

Gearing Up for the Technological and Digitized Society

Launched in 1978, the Computer Science (CSCI) programme has gained an international reputation for its excellent research and teaching. The programme has wide coverage, including algorithms, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, computer and network security, database systems, machine learning and programming languages. Students learn progressively from introductory courses to more advanced topics, accompanied with tutorials and projects for hands-on experience, and develop a problem-solving mindset to tackle any possible challenges in computer-related fields. The ultimate goal of the courses is to nurture students’ critical thinking about ethical, professional and societal issues associated with information technologies.

Studying in the CSCI programme is not just about academics. The Programme also encourages students to participate in placement and internship programmes. Students may spend up to a year working in a real business setting. Under the supervision of advisers and companies, they apply in the workplace what they have learnt in their studies. Overseas exchange opportunities are also available for students seeking to learn with peers from diverse backgrounds and to spark new ideas.

For students looking for competitive exposure, the Programme supports them to join various local and overseas competitions, where they have an opportunity to overcome challenges with their sound computer knowledge in creative and practical ways. Some of them obtained excellent results in renowned competitions, such as the Robocon Hong Kong Contest and the ICPC World Finals.

Computer science is constantly creating new opportunities in various fields. The CSCI programme empowers students to gain knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies to prepare them to be the next computer scientists who innovate and change the world.

Six optional streams are available according to each student’s interests:

  • Intelligence Science
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Rich Media
  • Distributed Systems, Networks and Security
  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Data Analytics

Department-based Major Allocation

Starting in the 2022-23 academic year, the CSCI programme is under the department-based admission scheme. At the end of the first year of study, students who are admitted to the Computer Science and Engineering programme will be invited to declare their programme choices: either CSCI or Computer Engineering (CENG). The Department will give due consideration to the students’ preferences and try to accommodate them with their preferred programme.


#10 globally in Computer Science (#1 in Hong Kong)
(US News and World Report Best Global Universities by Subject in 2023)

Dual Degree Option

Students who would like to broaden their learning can continue their studies for an additional year to gain an Integrated Business Administration Bachelor Degree upon completion of the BSc degree in Computer Science.

Career Prospects

Over the years, CSE has built a large alumni network in the computer industry, not only in Hong Kong, but also in the US and Mainland China. Many of our graduates have important positions in various organizations and companies, such as the HKSAR government, HSBC, Intel, Microsoft, IBM and Google. Quite a number of our graduates have started their own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs. Others have continued their postgraduate studies and taken up the teaching or research work in prestigious institutions both locally and overseas. Through this network, our graduates can enjoy a comparative advantage in their professional career development.

If you are interested in this programme, please review the application requirements and deadlines specific to the respective admission scheme to increase your chances of getting accepted.


More Information:

Department of Computer Science and Engineering:

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Room 1028, Ho Sin-Hang Engineering Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong

(852) 3943 4269