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School of Engineering


BEng/BSc in Computer Science

in Computer Science
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JS5200 Engineering, JS5282 Engineering with an Extended Major in AI
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Students who wish to spend more time exploring their interests may apply and be admitted to the School of Engineering without a major. They will be able to apply to Computer Science during the Major Selection Exercise at the end of the first two semesters.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) consists of world-renowned educators and researchers with state-of-the-art knowledge of big data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, networking, graphics, social media, software development, and computation theory. 

BEng in Computer Science (COMP) 

Computer science covers the application of computer technology to solve important problems in the scientific, engineering, and commercial domains. Our BEng COMP program provides a broad education, teaching the problem-solving skills needed to tackle computational problems in all core areas, including programming, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, and software engineering. Students can then choose to learn about diverse areas of computer science, such as databases and data mining, networking, embedded systems, computer graphics, image processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, computer security, and theoretical computer science. 

BSc in Computer Science (COSC) 

The COSC program is uniquely designed to be one half of a double major declaration. Students enrolled in COSC are required to be simultaneously enrolled in at least one other major, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Social Analysis, or Biotechnology. Students who wish to pursue a double major can either start with Computer Science and declare their second major afterward or enroll in another major and then add COSC. 


  • #31 in Computer Science
    (No.1 in Hong Kong for 7 consecutive years)
    (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024)
  • #32 in Computer Science and Information Systems
    (No.1 in Hong Kong for 12 times in 14 years)
    (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024)
Career Prospects

BEng in Computer Science (COMP) 

About 15-20% of our COMP graduates pursue postgraduate studies immediately after 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, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Toronto. 

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

BSc in Computer Science (COSC) 

The majority of COSC graduates pursue postgraduate studies; some start with Master’s degrees and some embark directly on Ph.D. degrees. The topics of their further studies depend on their interests and the other major in which they were first enrolled. While many of our alumni have pursued further studies in computer science, some have gone directly to doctoral studies in economics (Princeton), physics (Yale), applied math (Harvard), and neuroscience (Johns Hopkins), among others. 

COSC graduates who do not undertake postgraduate studies usually pursue careers in areas related to software or finance. The actual jobs they take up often depend upon the other major in which they were enrolled. For example, COSC graduates whose second major was mathematics can work in algorithmic trading positions.

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HKUST’s CS program is probably one of the most flexible in the world, with a wide range of interesting electives and research opportunities to choose from. Courses are genuinely challenging and have the depth that makes them relevant in the real world.
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CHOW Walker Ho Yin
Class of 2022
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