The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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This award aims to educate a new generation of knowledge and technical personnel as well as top managers and business executives in e-commerce. 

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As e-commerce generally involves the integration of technology and management, this award covers both aspects. In terms of technology, it offers students the opportunity to examine various issues that arise in conducting business related to networked and on-line commerce, with a focus on the enabling technologies and techniques. Hence, graduates will be able to effectively contribute to the planning, development, deployment and management of e-commerce systems and applications. In terms of management, the award helps students to understand the opportunities offered by e-commerce and the issues involved in employing and managing e-commerce systems. The specific objectives are to help students gain:

  • A good understanding of e-commerce fundamentals, particularly the enabling technologies;
  • The ability to appraise tools such as e-commerce platforms, HTTP servers, secure transaction software and firewalls, database systems, heterogeneous networks, intelligent agents, etc.;
  • The ability to understand the realities and potential of e-commerce (e.g. costs and benefits) and to appreciate the potential and limitations of different types of technologies related to e-commerce and Internet computing; and
  • The ability to construct a variety of e-commerce systems for trading products and services, and managing vendor relations.


  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Computing.
  • Students have the freedom to change their specialty and ultimate award.
  • Flexible modes of study, i.e. both full-time and part-time, are available.
  • Up to 15 credits can be transferred so that students can graduate earlier if they have sufficient background in related fields.
  • All first-year students are eligible to apply for an Alan Turing Entrance Scholarship.
  • PolyU alumni can apply for the COMP Alumni Scholarship to the value of 15% of the tuition fee of subjects taken in the first year of study.
  • Some subjects are included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Services Science Management
  • Enterprise Web and Internet Computing for Managers
  • Internet Computing and Applications
  • Biometric Authentication: System and Application
  • Information Security: Technologies and Systems
  • Mobile Computing and Data Management
  •  Knowledge Management and Applications
  • Information Systems Acquisition and Integration
  •  Information System Development with OO Methods
  • Information Systems Audit and Control

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Targets Honours degree of various disciplines.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. 

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