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Higher Diploma in Data Science and AI…
Programme Aims

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The programme aims to provide students professional training in data science and artificial intelligence with both concepts and skills. Graduates of the programme will be able to use data analytics, statistics, AI development techniques and programming skills to serve corporates of different domains, such as finance, technology, medical, retail and the government, etc., helping them to discover the business values of data, analyse business intelligence and develop  information systems for decision support.
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)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed as Data Engineer, Data Analyst, AI developer, Data Software Developer, Data Warehouse Administrator, Programmer and Business Analyst.  With sufficient experience graduates could be promoted to as Data Architect and Data Scientist.

Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):
  • 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 University of Hong Kong
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The City University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Hong Kong Metropolitan University
    • The Hang Seng 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
    • The University of Plymouth, UK
Professional Recognition

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


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.


Semester 1:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Data Science and AI Fundamentals
  • Database Principles
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • English and Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness

Semester 2:

  • Big Data Ecosystem and Cloud Computing
  • Business Statistical Modeling
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • IT Essentials - Web

Semester 3:

  • Programming for AI
  • IT Professionalism
  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • Enrichment Module B

Semester 4:

  • Big Data Management
  • Business Intelligence Systems and AI Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Modern Database Systems
  • Final Year Project
  • Enrichment Module A
  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace

Semester 5:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applications
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining
  • Web Analytics
  • Final Year Project
  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing

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

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