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E-Commerce, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic 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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    511 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 511 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    422 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 422 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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  • HK$3,300 per credit for local students 
  • HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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