Advanced Diploma in Big Data Analytics and Applications - HKU SPACE: Data Science courses
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Advanced Diploma in Big Data Analytics and Applications

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Start Date
14 May 2019 (Tue)
1 year
Course Fee
HK$46,000 (to be paid in 2 instalments)
How to Apply
Deadline on 15 Apr 2019 (Mon)

This programme is designed to help students develop basic skills in big data analytics. It provides students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of a range of issues and concepts in Big Data Analytics.

"Big data" is a term for the collection of large and complex data sets and the analysis of these data sets for relationships. Big data is characterized by 5 Vs: volume, variety, velocity, veracity and value.

The quantity of data in these sets is so large that prevents traditional methods of analysis from being effective. Rather than focusing on precise relationships between individual pieces of data, big data uses various algorithms and techniques to infer general trends over the entire set.

Good management of big data can lead to great insights; can help to figure out the root cause of problems and failures as well as deceitful behaviour that affects the revenues of a business. Therefore, big data analytics today becomes a key basis of competition and it will drive new waves of productivity, growth and innovation.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to
  • Apply big data analytics approach to solve business problems.
  • Apply big data concept in marketing and retailing.
  • Apply security solution in big data environment.
  • Apply the knowledge of business intelligence and skills of mathematical modeling to evaluate information.
  • Identify problems using graph analytics approach .


This is a 1 year programme consisting of 8 modules. Each module includes 48 lecture hours and 2 hours of written examination. 


The programme will be delivered in part-time mode. Teaching will be mainly by formal lectures,  laboratory,  classes and seminars will also be organized complement formal lectures


The Advanced Diploma in Big Data Analytics and Applications is conferred upon students who have successfully:

  • passed both the continuous assessment and written examination of each module; AND
  • achieved at least 70% attendance of lectures for each module.
Application Code 1685-IT057A -

Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Core Modules Title

Contact hours

1. Introduction to Big Data Applications and Analytics


2. Search Engine Optimisation and Web Analytics


3. Big Data Privacy and Information Security


4. Big Data and Information Systems


5. Big Data and Marketing Analytics


6. Big Data and Business Intelligence


7. Big Data and Mathematical Modeling


8. Graph Analytics for Big Data


Applicants shall

  • have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in 5 subjects, including English Language; OR
  • have gained in the HKALE Grade E in 1 AL or 2AS subjects, and HKCEE Level 2 in English Language* or equivalent

* With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognizes Grade E previously awarded for English Language (Syllabus B) (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)) at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in this subject at HKCEE.


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HK$46,000 (to be paid in 2 instalments)

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Enrolment Method
  1. All applicants are required to complete one Application Form (SF26) and, either submit them in person or post them to Ms Alice Wong, College of Life Sciences and Technology, HKU SPACE, at any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.
  2. All applications, either by post or in person must be accompanied by:
    1. Certified photostat copies of full educational certificates and transcripts.

Note: When submitting your application in person at any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centers, please bring along the originals of your educational certificates / transcripts for certification.  If you are posting your application, please arrange to bring the originals of the relevant documents for certification at any of HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres before the commencement of classes.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE MasterCard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or MasterCard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please aubmit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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