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Higher Diploma in Data Science

Programme Code: HD 139 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : HD139

Programme Aims & Features

With the rise of big data, both the public and private sectors require skilled professionals to derive insights from huge data sets for them in order to make informed decisions. This programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and techniques in data analytics. Graduates of the programme will be able to use various data analytic software tools, statistical knowledge and computer programming techniques to serve corporates in different sectors including finance, retail, technology, medical, and the government department, helping them to perform data analysis and big-data system design.

Opportunities for Further Studies

The programme is designed by taking references on some existing Data Science, Computing, and ICT related undergraduate curriculum offered by various local universities, as well as inputs from the related industrial professionals. The curriculum of the programme match well with the junior year curriculum of relevant undergraduate programmes and therefore provide a great opportunity for the graduates of the programme to pursue their undergraduate degree in the local and overseas universities.

Graduates who want to pursue higher education will be eligible to apply for bachelor's degree programmes offered by local universities and tertiary institutions. Such programmes could be data science, computer science programmes in engineering or programmes in statistics.

The list below shows our graduates/students from computer related subjects of recent years have articulated to.

The University of Hong Kong
BASc Social Data Science
BEng Computer Engineering
BEng Computer Science

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer Engineering
BEng Computer Science
BEng Information Engineering
BSSc Data Science and Policy Studies

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng Decision Analytics
BEng Computer Science
BEng Computer Engineering

City University of Hong Kong
BEng Computer and Data Engineering
BEng Data and System Engineering
BEng Information Engineering
BSc Computer Science
BSc Data Science
BSc Computing Mathematics

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BSc (Hons) Data Science and Analytics
Broad Discipline of Computing
BSc (Hons) Information Security
BSc (Hons) Internet and Multimedia Technologies

Hong Kong Baptist University
BSc (Hons) Computer Science

The Education University of Hong Kong
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) Information and Communication Technology

Lingnan University
BSc Data Science

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to various degree programmes offered by HKU SPACE International College.

Edith Cowan University

Career Prospects

Graduates are well-suited to apply for the positions in local, regional and international IT/Engineering and Business companies, as well as positions that are responsible for coordinating Business and IT projects. Graduates may be employed as Big Data Software Developer, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Architect, Data Warehouse Specialist, Marketing Analysis Specialist, and Programmer.

Special Entrance Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, applicants are also required to have obtained Level 2 or above in the HKDSE Mathematics (Core), or equivalent.



  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Practical Chinese
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus

Experiential Learning Course

  • Project (Data Science)


  • Internship (Data Science)


Year 1

  • Ethics and Computing Professionalism
  • Project Management for Information Technology
  • Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Big Data Applications and Analytics
  • Programming for Data Science
  • Statistics for Data Science I

Year 2

  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Introduction to Database Systems
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Statistics for Data Science II

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available. 

Li Kwan To
Li Kwan To
  • 2017-18 Associate of Engineering, Year 2
  • 2018-19 BEng in Computer Science, HKUST

In these two years, I collaborated with different students to complete course projects, gaining hands-on experience related to the subject.  Examples included building a website for a travel agent and programming a mobile game application. We spent hours of work on those projects, even working on them overnight. I have confidence that most sub-degree students are more competitive.