Taught Postgraduate Programmes (Tpg)

Department of Information Systems

MSc Business Information Systems (Stream A - applicants with non-IT backgrounds)


Year of Entry 2019
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P05A
Intermediate Award
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday (daytime and evening) and Saturday afternoon
Indicative Intake Target 60
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
Local : Closed
Non-local : Closed
Mode of processing Rolling Basis
Programme Leader
PhD (Pen.State)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8521

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to train future business professionals in the core domains of business and cutting-edge information systems that underpin the contemporary information society.  Graduates from the programme can excel in key professional or managerial positions that require both advanced business knowledge and IT-enabled problem solving skills.

Stream A is offered to applicants with a non-IT background and focuses on developing their competence in evaluating cutting-edge IT, coordinating IT-enabled business initiatives, and managing the operation of business information systems, so as to meet the business needs of the organization.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following to be eligible for admission:

  • hold a recognized Bachelor's degree in any subjects, preferably not in Information Systems or Computer Science related discipline, from one of the tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong funded by the University Grant Committee (UGC), or equivalent

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test); or

  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or

  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or

  • Other equivalent qualifications

Course Description

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Advanced Business Software Construction
  • Business Software Construction
  • Database Management Systems
  • Foundations of Information and Electronic Business Systems
  • Project Management and Quality Assurance
  • System Analysis and Design

Electives (minimum 12 credits)

  • eBusiness System Integration
  • Blockchain Technology and Business Applications
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Dissertation
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Information Systems Planning and Strategy
  • Information Technology Based Organisation Transformation
  • Information Technology Leadership Forum
  • Internet and World-Wide Web Application Development
  • Information Systems Project
  • Knowledge Management
  • Management Support and Business Intelligence Systems
  • Outsourcing and Offshoring Management
  • Management Consulting in Asia

Bonus Features

Outstanding applicants will be offered with a scholarship or assistantship.

Participants can choose to take a Management Consulting in Asia (spaces are limited) elective in the form of a field study of normally 7 to 8 days outside Hong Kong.

Continuing Education Fund (CEF): Some courses offered in this programme are eligible for the application of a subsidy from the CEF and each applicant may receive up to HK$10,000 refund within a four-year application period.#

#CEF is only applicable to Hong Kong residents.