Credit Exemption

School of Science and Technology Computing Programmes Part-time Programmes Credit Exemption

Credit Exemption in Part-time Programmes

There are two methods of applying for credit exemption in part-time programmes:

  • Advanced Standing: general method for any recognised qualification or partially completed qualification
  • Pathways: specifically for holders of local Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in computing area to apply for the undergraduate computing degree programmes

Postgraduate Undergraduate
Advanced Standing Pathways Advanced Standing

Credit exemption is available for application towards the MSCITIA programme with a prior recognised postgraduate qualification. The application type is called Block Credit Transfer (BCT).

Precedents for Postgraduate Diplomas and Master’s degree programmes

Apply to the Advanced Standing Office

How to Apply?

Only suitable for an assessed list of local recognized Higher Diploma and Associate Degree in computing area. Application procedure is simplified.

Apply directly for admisson into the pathway programmes.

Accessed Qualifications Recognized for Pathway Entry


Online Application

Suitable for any other qualification not recognized by the pathways. Normally only post-secondary academic qualifications (those with QF level 4 or above) will be accepted.

Apply to the Advanced Standing Office

How to Apply?

Advanced standing is the conventional method of obtaining credit exemption at the MUHK. The Advanced Standing Committee and the University Senate are the final approving bodies.

The amount of credits exempted depend on a number of factors:

  • The intitution awarding the qualification.
  • Entry requirement of the qualification and the Level of study (only post-secondary level is considered)
  • Study duration and exit standard (e.g. whether there are examinations)
  • Relevancy to computing
  • The QF level

The MUHK credit exemption system largely follows a precedence-based practice.

A qualification that exactly matches a precedent case will usually be granted the same amount of credit exemption as the precedent case. The qualification to consider must be post-secondary of academic nature (with QF Level 4 or above).

Some qualifications have been assessed and given 0 credits of exemptions. They may be found in the Total Credit Value (TCV) Lists

Top-up Lists

A topup list contains rules about how to complete the remaining credits after some other credits have been exempted.

Successful applicants will be given a top-up list.

The topup list contains regulations governing how to complete the remaining credits.

BCOMP (120 credits)
COMP-01 (80 credits exempted)
COMP-05 (70 credits exempted)
COMP-04 (60 credits exempted)
COMP-03 (50 credits exempted)
COMP-02 (40 credits exempted)

BCOMPHIT (160 credits)
COMPHIT-01 (80 credits exempted)
COMPHIT-05 (70 credits exempted)
COMPHIT-04 (60 credits exempted)
COMPHIT-03 (50 credits exempted)
COMPHIT-02 (40 credits exempted)

BSCCN (120 credits)
CN-09 (80 credits exempted)
CN-07 (70 credits exempted)
CN-05 (60 credits exempted)
CN-03 (50 credits exempted)
CN-01 (40 credits exempted)
CN-11 (30 credits exempted)

BSCHCN (160 credits)
CN-10 (80 credits exempted)
CN-08 (70 credits exempted)
CN-06 (60 credits exempted)
CN-04 (50 credits exempted)
CN-02 (40 credits exempted)
CN-12 (30 credits exempted)

Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5