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Higher Diploma in Software Engineering…
Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with a practical grounding in software systems development, with the emphasis on software design and quality as well as project management. Graduates will be able to design and develop mobile, internet and enterprise applications.
The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)
IVE (Sha Tin)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed as programmers, technical support personnel, systems analyst, etc., with potential promotion to information systems manager.


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  1. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Technology and Innovation; and
  2. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information and Communications Technology.

Graduates may apply for admission to the following programmes:

  1. Degree programmes in local universities:
    • The City University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Hong Kong Metropolitan University
    • The University of Hong Kong
  2. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) [Not applicable to Mainland students]:
    • The Coventry University, UK
    • The University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in the UK and Australia
Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Computer Society as satisfying the academic requirements for its Associate membership.


1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.

2. This programme is offered in both IVE(TY) and IVE(ST). 


Semester 1 :

  • Database Principles
  • Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness


Semester 2 :

  • Software Project Management & Quality Assurance
  • Object Oriented Technology
  • Data Structures & Algorithms : Concepts & Implementation
  • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • System Development Project
  • Information Technology Essentials - Web
  • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development 


Semester 3 :

  • System Development Project
  • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development
  • Programming Techniques for Mobile Systems
  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 4 :

  • Contemporary Topics in Software Engineering
  • Final Year Project
  • IT Professionalism
  • Human Computer Interaction & GUI Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 
  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports


Semester 5 :

  • Enterprise Software
  • Enterprise Systems Development 
  • Final Year Project
  • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Enrichment Module A

Remarks :
Industrial Attachment will be arranged at an appropriate time during the period of study between Semester 3 - 5.

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