Higher Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security & Investigation)

Higher Diploma

Mode of Study

Full time / Part time


Medium of Instruction



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


Programme Leader

Dr. Alan Tam


Qualifications Framework

Level 4




Programme Commencement Date

September / February / June


HKIT Online Application System
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Programme Feature

This program was created to respond to the large and fast-growing need for technical Cybersecurity professionals in the local market. This course addresses the advances in investigation and cyber security through an understanding of IT security, hacking, forensics, investigation and the future and emerging technologies associated with this rapidly changing field. Students in this program will acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills in Investigation and Cybersecurity, a field of ever-increasing importance to security, the economy, and individual users.


Programme Objective

The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge about cyber security and cyber investigation. The programme enables students to integrate the knowledge of cyber security and investigation to produce cyber security plans and solutions to individual and organizations. Moreover, the programme helps to build a sustainable talent pool of IT security officers at paraprofessional level.


Qualifications Framework

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

QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 20/000504/L4

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






Programme Structure


5 Core Modules(Required)
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • Practical Chinese
  • Project Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • English for Business Communication
General Education Modules (Choose 1 course)
  • Business Information System
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Penal System
10 Specialised modules(Required)
  • Computing for Cyber Security
  • Programming Principles
  • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security
  • Criminal Behaviour and Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice System
  • Investigation Practices I
  • Investigation Practices II
  • Introduction to Forensic IT
  • Evidence Collection and Cyber Security
  • Practices of Cyber Security & Investigation



Graduation Requirements

Pass at least 16 Modules



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 can articulate to study one-year top-up degree programmes of BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation by University of West London.

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 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 Information Technology (Cyber Security & Investigation)

F.7 / HKDSE / Yi Jin Dipolma / 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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