HKDSE Admission (4-Year Undergraduate Program)

BEng in Computer Science (COMP)

The Program

Computer science studies the application of computers in solving many important problems in scientific, engineering and commercial domains. Our general undergraduate degree program provides a broad education in all core areas of Computer Science, while allowing students the flexibility to pursue individual interests in higher-level areas. The core areas include programming, data structures and algorithms, operating systems and software engineering. Students can then choose to learn many diverse areas of computer science, such as databases and data mining, networking, systems software, computer graphics, image processing, medical imaging, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, computer security, and theoretical computer science.

Distinguishing Features and Highlights

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST is among the largest computer science departments in Hong Kong. We offer internationally recognized computer science programs with more than 500 undergraduate students, as well as around 50 MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and 180 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) research postgraduate students. The multicultural environment of HKUST in general and the Department in particular, with professors and students coming from all over the world, help our students prepare well for the globalization trend. Our Department is being recognized by international peers as the best computer science department in Hong Kong, in terms of both research record and diversity of educational programs offered.

Features of the program include: special honors courses, independent study and undergraduate research opportunities for elite students; American-style teaching; intensive English training; optional one-year exchange; final-year projects; ample scholarships and awards; optional one-year full-time internship; and industrial training. More details on the Distinguishing Features and Highlights.

Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes

Read the academic objectives of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the BEng (Computer Science) Program Outcomes.

Professional Recognition

BEng in Computer Science program is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates from the program will be deemed to have satisfied the educational requirement for Corporate Membership of HKIE.

Career Prospect and Employment

About 15-20% of our graduates pursue postgraduate study immediately upon graduation. While many of them take up research opportunities in Hong Kong, particularly at HKUST, some go abroad to study at top universities, such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Princeton University, Yale University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of Toronto.

Our graduates are usually successful in entering the profession of their choice. Some join famous computing-related companies, like IBM, HP, Compaq, Intel, Motorola, Microsoft, and Oracle, while others prefer different fields, particularly the business sector, and launch their careers at companies such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, Hang Seng Bank, and Bank of China.

Admissions Requirements

Under the new 4-year academic program structure, applicants are first admitted to School of Engineering via school-based admission. Students may later choose to declare their major in BEng in Computer Science.

Curriculum and Program Requirement

Students studying a 4-year bachelor's degree are required to complete at least 120 credits (where the requirements of a student's programs of study fall short of 120 credits, additional elective credits must be earned).

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In-depth Computer Science Option

Student may opt to graduate with or without an option. Students who take an option must complete all requirements specified in additional to the major requirements.