Curriculum structure

Curriculum structure

Pattern of study

Students are required to complete 72 credits of courses selected from the syllabus which must include capstone experience.

Study period

Part-time: 2-3 years

Full-time: 1-2 years

Enrolment mode

Students can study in one of the following enrolment modes:

(a) Course (60 credits)^ + Case Study Project (12 credits)
              i.e. 10 Courses + Case Study Project


(b) Courses (48 credits)^ + Dissertation (24 credits)
                 i.e. 8 Courses + Dissertation

     ^ Each course normally carries 6 credits.

Selection of Courses

Our curriculum has been developed to meet the emerging needs of businesses in a rapidly changing global market. 

Students have to complete at least 4 courses (total 24 credits) from the following list of fundamental courses.

Fundamental Discipline Courses
ECOM6004 Legal aspects of IT and e-commerce
ECOM6008 Supply chain and e-logistics management
ECOM6013 E-commerce technologies
ECOM6029 E-business transformation
ICOM6012 Internet infrastructure technologies
ICOM6034 Website engineering
ICOM6045 Fundamentals of e-commerce security
ICOM6046 Semantic data architecture

Students can select any courses in MSc(ECom&IComp) discipline, including both fundamental courses in the above table and the courses listed below, to fulfill the credits requirement of courses.  These can be a mixture of courses from ECOM and/or ICOM subject area(s) and some selected COMP courses.

Discipline Courses
ECOM6014 E-marketing
ECOM6016 Electronic payment systems
ECOM6020 Customer relationship management: business strategies and techniques
ECOM6022 Topics in electronic commerce
ECOM6023 E-financial services
ECOM7121 Dynamic digital capabilities
ECOM7122 Entrepreneurship development and FinTech ventures in Asia
ECOM7123 Building smart cities: an information system approach
ECOM7124 Mobile and IoT computing services and applications
ICOM6027 E-crimes: digital crime scenes and legal sanctions
ICOM6044 Data science for business
ICOM7125 Digital forensics
COMP7404 Computational intelligence and machine learning
COMP7407 Securities transaction banking
COMP7802 Introduction to financial computing
COMP7901 Legal protection of digital property
FITE7410 Financial fraud analytics

Details of the courses can be found in the course descriptions section

The courses, both in terms of range and syllabus, are not only updated and revised continuously.  The list of courses is also subject to change because occasionally we may decide not to offer a particular course in one year or to add some new ones, based on the findings of the annual curriculum review.  Some course are offered in alternate year.

For those of you who wish to cover the technology in more depth, you may select additional courses (a maximum of two courses) from any other master-level programmes in Computer Science or Engineering.  The popular MSc(CompSc) programme, also managed by us, has 20 courses for your selection.  Details can be found at:  In this way, you can customize a personal portfolio to meet your particular needs, interest and career goals.

Capstone experience: Dissertations and Case Study Projects

There are two choices for the capstone experience:
(i) Case study project (12 credits); or
(ii) Dissertation (24 credits)

The Dissertations and Case study projects are to provide an opportunity for students (i) to dive in depth into either a business case and/or a technology development in the e-commerce and Internet computing, and apply their body of knowledge learned in the programme to implement the business plan and/or the relevant technology to demonstrate its feasibility in a real or simulated business environment and (ii) to undertake a significant independent piece of research work under the supervision of academics in The University of Hong Kong.

Students also have to participate in some supplementary workshops.