MSc in Big Data Technology
Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits of coursework, including 12 credits of core courses and 18 credits of elective courses. Subject to approval, students may take a maximum of 6 credits of courses from the Master of Science in Information Technology. All the courses are normally held on weekday evenings as well as Saturday mornings or afternoons at HKUST campus. For details, please refer to the Postgraduate Program Catalog and Course Catalog.
Distinct Features of the Program
First of its kind in Hong Kong and has been a leader among many similar programs in the region
Well balance between the foundations of the subjects and popular topics with state-of-the-art knowledge
Hands-on independent project with industry partners engaging students with practical applications for future career or PhD study
Admission and English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field from a recognized university or tertiary institution. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other disciplines must have relevant working experience in IT and Mathematics related fields. For English Proficiency Requirements, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School.
The nominal program fee of Fall 2024/25 intake for full-time study is HK$242,000 (paid in 2 instalments) and part-time study is HK$209,000 (paid in 4 installments) respectively.
All applications are considered on a competitive and rolling basis. Early online application is strongly recommended. For admission details and procedures, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School.
For 2024/25 Fall intake (September 2024)
|Application Deadline||Round 1||Round 2|
|All Applicants||1 December 2023||1 March 2024|
Upon completion of this program, graduates could take up roles such as Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Database Administrator, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, Statistician, and Business Analyst, etc applying top big data applications in industries such as e-commerce, education, finance, healthcare, media and entertainment, retail, travel, telecom and many more.
Majority of students had been landing jobs in various well-known financial or technology companies in home country while some would stay in Hong Kong cultivating different cultural experiences. Meanwhile, some students have continued to pursue PhD studies at HKUST or other universities.
HKUSTx's Big Data Technology MicroMasters® Program
With effect from 2023/24 academic year, applicants who have met the program admission requirements and with a certificate of MicroMasters Program in Big Data Technology from HKUST and edX would be eligible to apply for:
- credit transfer of 9 credits;
- exemption of 4 core courses but with substitution of a MSBD5014 Independent Project; and
- tuition fee reduction of HK$11,300
Details of the MicroMasters program are available here. When submitting online application for MSc BDT program, please also upload the MicroMasters Program Certificate and send an email notification to email@example.com as well. For those who have accepted the program's offer, students would be required to submit a softcopy of the MicroMasters certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org before Aug 15, 2024 to seek for approval for credit transfer and arrange the deduction of tuition fee in the second term. Please note that awardees of the TPG Fellowship Scheme would not be eligible for credit transfer of these credits with thanks.
experience to apply my knowledge to solve real-world problems.
When I first got my full-time job, I was lucky to have a project related to data science. I found it very fun and I soon became passionate about data science. I wanted to become an actual data scientist so I can continue to work on data science everyday. However, most companies require their scientists to have at least an MSc. So I searched on the internet, and found this program. Additionally, the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Fellowships Scheme covers more than 70% of the tuition fees. I immediately applied for the program as well as the fellowship scheme. Luckily, I was chosen and this helped me a lot financially.
The program offers different elective courses for us to choose from, so you can pick those that fit your purpose the most. In my case, I want to be a data scientist with strong machine learning knowledge, so I have picked elective courses such as machine learning, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Combined with the 4 core courses focused on data analysis, data mining, data engineering and maths, I built a strong foundation of data science. Eventually I landed my first job as a data scientist.
Last but not least, students participating in this program are passionate about the subject and they are the brightest minds in technology in Hong Kong. During my study, I have made a lot of friends who are also pursuing similar career paths. We are still closely in touch and are growing together. Studying this program helped to build my network, and helped me in advancing my career.