Higher Diploma in Information Technology (Computing)

Higher Diploma

Mode of Study

Full time / Part time


Medium of Instruction



  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 2-3 years


Programme Leader

Prof. Ada Zheng


Qualifications Framework

Level 4




Programme Commencement Date

September / February / June


HKIT Online Application System
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Programme Feature

Higher Diploma in Computing (HDC) is a dynamic and professional programme that focuses on combining the theoretical and the practical aspects in the field of computing.

The first year of study provides students with an integrated view of various generic and technique skills which are vital to the development of students’ capabilities of learning specific knowledge in their upcoming studies.

In the second year, students will then take up a specialized study theme for a more in-depth training in the different areas in computing:

After the successful completion of the programme, students will 100% articulate to the final year of the honour degree (Top-up degree programme).


Programme Objective

This programme is designed to: introduce fundamental knowledge and skills in different areas of Information Technology including programming, networking and information security. Graduates are prepared for further studies in the Information Technology and related areas. Graduates will also be able to pursue a broad range of positions in the Information Technology industry, including programmer, network analyst, information security analyst and become an IT professional through further study or professional training plus work experience.



Qualifications Framework

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF).

QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 20/000503/L4

Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023






Programme Structure


Core Modules
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • Practical Chinese
  • Project Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • English for Business Communication
General Education Modules (Choose one course)
  • Computing
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Project Management
Specialised Modules
  • Computational Theory
  • Programming Principles
  • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security
  • Database Systems
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Web and Mobile Application Security
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Hacking Skills
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime



Area of Study

Students may choose the following areas to study:

  • computing



Graduation Requirements

Completion and obtained Pass or above in 16 required subjects (Additional modules may be required for students who is going to articulate to the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security top-up degree. )

Remarks: Qualified applicants may be exempted from up to 8 modules, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. (e.g. exemption of maximum 8 modules for Higher Diploma; and exemption of maximum 4 modules for Certificate)



Advanced standing

Enrolled students who have prior qualifications from other institution may apply credit transfer or course exemption. Each application will be considered individually.

For more information, please refer to entry requirements.





Full Time

Year 1

Tuition fee: $56,000

Year 2

Tuition fee: $56,000



Part Time

The tuition fee is charged on subject basis with HKD $7,000 per subject, total of 16 subjects are to be studied.





#The tuition fee will be subject to adjustment by annual review.




Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

FASP provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

For details of the schemes, please visit SFO website at: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/fasp/overview.htm


The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

For details of the schemes, please visit SFO website at: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/nlsps/overview.htm


Self-financing post-secondary scholarship scheme (SPSS)

To promote the development of the self-financing post-secondary sector, the Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS) is set up under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund to offer scholarships and awards to students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor's degree (including top-up degree) programmes at non-profit-making education institutions.

For details of the schemes, please visit SPSS website at: https://www.cspe.edu.hk/en/Overview-Measures-Fund-SPSS.html





2+1 Top Up Articulation

HKIT Higher Diploma Graduates may proceed to study the one-year top-up degree programmes of University of West London or Glyndwr University, awarded university in the UK.

The degree programmes offered by HKIT are recognized by the Hong Kong government. Students who are eligible for the “Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong” (NMTSS) will be provided with an annual subsidy up to HK$33740 in the 2023/24 academic year.

For detail please visit to our top-up degree page.





All students successfully completing this programme are eligible for admission to the top-up-degree programme offered by the Institute.


Bachelor Degree (studying in Hong Kong)

University of West London
  • BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (Year 3) (Registration Number: 252933)


Glyndwr University
  • BSc (Hons) Computing (Year 3) (Registration Number: 253179)

Higher Diploma in Information Technology (Computing)

F.7 / HKDSE / Yi Jin Dipolma / Certificate / Diploma





Year 1 Entry

General Entrance Requirements:

HKDSE applicants
  • Level 2 or above in English Language; and
  • Level 2 or above in Chinese Language; and
  • Level 2 or above in other three subjects(see Remarks below)



  • Attained in Applied Learning subjects will be considered as attainment of Level 2
  • Each applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects in the application.
  • Non-local students with the equivalent qualifications are also considered.


HKALE applicants
  • Passed in 1 AL subject, or 2 AS subjects
  • Grade E or above in at least 5 HKCEE subjects included Chinese Language and English Language(Syllabus B)


Other qualifications
  • Graduate of Foundation year; or
  • Graduate of recognised certificate / diploma; or
  • Graduate of Diploma Yi Jin course; or
  • Other equivalent qualification; or
  • At 1st January of current academic year , candidate age 21 or above;




Year 2 Entry

General Entrance Requirements:

  • Holder of recognised diploma/ advanced certificate of same or related discipline; or
  • Other equivalent qualification



Application Period

Starting from 2 months before commencement of semester September, February, June


Application Procedure

Complete the Online Application form

Applicants will be required to submit/upload the following documents:

  • Photocopy of your Hong Kong Identity Card
  • Photocopy of all supporting documents for your application


  • Successful applicants should present originals of the above documents for verification during the admission interview/registration.



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