Higher Diploma in Cybercrime and Investigation

Higher Diploma

Mode of Study

Full time / Part time


Medium of Instruction



Delivery Campus
  • Main Campus : SSP Campus
  • Other Learning Centre: CSW Campus


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


Programme Leader

Dr. Dan Yu


Qualifications Framework

Level: 4




Programme Commencement Date

September / February / June


HKIT Online Application System
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Programme Feature

The High Diploma in Cybercrime and Investigation is specifically designed to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills to excel in the field of cybercrime investigation. The program's primary objective is to cultivate a sustainable talent pool of cybercrime investigators by offering comprehensive training and education. Through this program, students develop their IT and network knowledge to effectively investigate cybercrime. Moreover, the program emphasizes the importance of ethical and professional practices in the realm of cybercrime investigation. Students enrolled in this program will acquire the most current knowledge and skills in the rapidly evolving field of Cybercrime and Investigation, which holds great significance for security, the economy, and individual users.


Programme Objective

The program aims to enhance students' understanding of cybercrime and investigation. It enables students to integrate knowledge about cybercrime, cyber criminal behavior, and investigation to develop comprehensive investigation plans and propose solutions for safeguarding individuals and organizations from cybercrime. Additionally, the program plays a crucial role in nurturing a sustainable talent pool of IT security officers at the paraprofessional level. By equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge, the program prepares them to contribute effectively to the field of cybersecurity and combat cyber threats.


Qualifications Framework

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

QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 23/000524/L4

Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2026






Programme Structure


5 Core Courses
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • Practical Chinese
  • Research Project Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • English for Communication in Workplace
General Education
(Choose 1 course)

Elective Course (Choose one course):

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedures
  • Studies of Transnational Crime
  • Statistics
10 Specialised Courses
  • Computing for Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • Introduction to Ethical Hacking Skills
  • Criminal Behaviour and Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice System
  • Investigation Practices I
  • Investigation Practices II
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Evidence Collection and Cyber Security


Delivery Campus

Main Campus : SSP Campus

Other Learning Centre: CSW Campus


Graduation Requirements

Pass at least 16 Modules


Advanced standing

Applicants who hold qualifications from recognized institutions may apply for advanced standing in the course. Successful applicants will be granted advanced standing for specific courses in the programme, with a maximum waiver of 8 courses. This means that they will only need to complete the remaining 8 courses to fulfill the graduation requirements of the programme.

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.
#Tuition fees pay in 20 instalments for full time and 40 instalments for part time (direct debit is mandatory in paying tuition fees)


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 more details about the scheme, please visit the Student Finance Office (SFO) website at:



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

The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) is to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loans to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

For more details about the scheme, please visit the Student Finance Office (SFO) website at:



Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS)

To support the development of the self-financing post-secondary sector, the Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS) has been established under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund. This scheme offers scholarships and awards to students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor's degree (including top-up degree) programmes at non-profit-making educational institutions.

For more details about the scheme, please visit the Student Finance Office (SFO) website at:






2+1 Top Up Articulation

HKIT Higher Diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue one-year top-up degree programs in BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation offered by the University of West London.

The degree programmes offered by HKIT are accredited and recognized by the Hong Kong Government. Eligible students who qualify for the “Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong” (NMTSS) will receive an annual subsidy of up to HK$34390 for the academic year 2024/25.

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





Graduates of this programme are eligible for admission to the top-up-degree programme offered by HKIT.


Bachelor Degree (studying in Hong Kong)

University of West London
  • BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation (Year 3) (Registration Number: 252930)

Higher Diploma in Cybercrime and Investigation

HKDSE / Diploma YiJin / Certificate / Diploma




Career Prospectus

Graduates of this programme can apply IT security officers at paraprofessional level.





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

Remarks: Qualified applicants for Year 2 Entry may receive maximum 8 modules exemption. Exemption decision will be on a case-by-case basis



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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