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Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security

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16 months
Course Fee
HK$180,000 (To be paid in 2 instalments)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security is a collaboration programme with Dragon Threat Labs and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute.

The course is in-line with well-known cyber security certifications. The key design rationale of the programme is to make sure that the programme can match the fundamental elements containing in various cyber security certifications.

The programme aims to provide students with essential knowledge in various aspects of cybersecurity topics and an understanding of hands-on skills in managing a computing and Internet connected infrastructure. Students will also learn the skills in handling the possible cyber-attacks launched by modern advance adversaries.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  • Apply the cyber security methods and techniques to analyse cyber-attack incidents
  • Detect cyber threats in relation to computing and Internet connected network infrastructure
  • Employ systematic methodologies and procedures to conduct cyber-attack investigations
  • Apply digital forensics principles and techniques to investigate computer systems problems
  • Analyse criteria and specifications appropriate to computing and Internet connected network infrastructure
  • Solve problems for possible cyber-attacks launched by modern advanced adversaries
  • Formulate security incident plans to monitor either known or unknown cyber-attacks

The  Curriculum

This is a 16 months part time programme consisting of 7 core modules and 3 elective modules.  Each module includes 30 lectures / laboratory hours and 2 hours written examination. 


The programme will be delivered in part-time mode. Teaching will be mainly by formal lectures. Laboratory / Workshop will be organized complement with formal lectures. There will be 3 terms per year. Students are expected to undertake 2 - 3 modules per term. The medium of instruction will be English.


Sstudents must satisfy the following criteria:

  •  Achieve 75% attendance

  • Passing the continuous assessment and examination component of all modules


Students who have completed all the required modules will be awarded with a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.


Students who have successfully completed this programme are eligible to apply for admission to MSc Cyber Security offered by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with HKU SPACE.



Application Code 1745-IT067A -

Core Modules
Contact Hours
Cyber Security Essentials 30
Network Security and Forensics Analysis 30
Cyber Incident Response 30
Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 30
Reversing Engineering and Malware Analysis 30
Cyber Threat Intelligence 30
SIEM, Network, Endpoint Analytics and SOC Implementation 30

Elective Module

( Select ANY THREE of the below )
Advanced Malware Analysis 30
Advanced Network Security and Its Application 30
Advanced Windows Forensics and Investigation 30
Advanced Penetration Testing 30

Module Outline


  • Introduction to Cyber Security
    • Cyber Security 101
    • Introduction to Windows Security
    • Introduction to Linux Security
    • Introduction to Mac Security
  • Major components in information security 
    • Security and Risk Management
    • Protecting Security of Assets
    • Security Architecture and Engineering
    • Designing and Protecting Network Security
    • Access Controlling and Identity Management
    • Security Assessment and Testing
    • Security Operations
    • Software Development Security


M2 Network Security and Forensics Analysis

  • Network Protocols Analysis
  • Wireless Encryption Fundamentals
  • Session Layer Security
  • Transport Layer Security
  • Network Layer Protocols 
  • Data Link Layer Protocol
  • Physical Layer Security
  • Campus Network Forensics


M3 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 

  • Professional ethics
  • Preparing for Penetration Tests
  • Reconnaissance
  • Introduction to Network Scanning
  • Common System Vulnerabilities and Weaknesses
  • Web Technologies and Testing Methodologies
  • Mobile Application Testing


M4 Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis

  • Modern malware
  • OS internals
  • Sandbox virtualization and behavioral analysis
  • Reverse engineering and code analysis
  • Identify malware in memory
  • Cyber threat intelligence and Indicators of Compromise (IOCs)
  • Incident response


M5 Cyber Threat Intelligence

  • Introduction to Cyber Threat Intelligence 
  • The Meaning and levels of Intelligence and how to Evaluate Intelligence Sources
  • Tools used in Cyber Threat Intelligence


M6 SIEM, Network, Endpoint Analytics and SOC Implementation

  • Introduction and building a SIEM 
  • Log analytics
  • Network Services
  • Endpoint
  • User Behaviour-Based Analytics
  • Cyber security Operations Center (CSOC)


M7 Cyber Incident Response

  • Introduction to Incident Response
  • The art of Triage 
  • Incident Response Tools
  • Incident Response Process and Procedures
  • Arming and Building an appropriate Incident Response Capability
  • Post Incident Activities


M8 Advanced Malware Analysis

  • Modern malware
  • OS internals (Linux & MacOS)
  • Malware from the Web and Malicious Documents
  • Reverse engineering and code analysis
  • Identify malware through memory forensics
  • Anti-reversing malware


M9 Advanced Network Security and Its Application

  • Network Virtualization
  • Decentralization Network
  • Layer of Defense 
  • Denial of Service 
  • Passive Footprinting for Internet Forensics 
  • Active Footprinting for Internet Forensics 
  • WiFi Security 
  • Wireless Communication Security 


M10 Advanced Windows Forensics & Investigation

  • Introduction to Windows forensics
  • Advance Windows forensics and triage
  • Windows registry analysis
  • USB device, shortcut (LNK), jump links and shell bags
  • Phishing email, event logs and other artifacts
  • Web browsers on Windows system
  • Timeline analysis on a Windows infrastructure 


M11 Advanced Penetration Testing

  • Considerations and Judgement in Penetration Tests
  • Post-Exploitation
  • Password attacks
  • Privilege Escalation
  • Bypassing Security Controls
  • Advanced Application Penetration Test Techniques


Applicants shall:

1.  (a) hold a bachelor's degree in a related discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Systems) awarded by a recognized university


       (b)  be a practitioner* with at least 5 years’ experience in the related field and hold a recognized professional qualification in the relevant discipline.


2.  provide evidence of English proficiency if they hold a professional qualification or their bachelor’s degree is from a university where the teaching medium is not English, such as:

  • an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  • a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  • HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  • HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  • Equivalent qualifications

* Practitioner includes IT/Computer engineer, Accountant/Forensic accountant, Forensic scientist/Laboratory specialist, IT security professional, CISO/CTO/CIO or IT manager.



Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HK$180,000 (To be paid in 2 instalments)

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants are required to

  1. apply in person by submitting the Application Form SF26; AND
  2. with original and copy of the above documents to any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

Applicants will be informed for the admission results after assessment. 


  1. Applicants who have responded to the previous admission need not re-apply.  
  2. HKU SPACE reserves the right to cancel a course in case of insufficient enrolment or unforeseen difficulties arising from running the course.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  5. 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 team for details.
  6. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. 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 approved transfers.
  7. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  8. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.
Payment Method

Accepted applicants will receive offer letter and should bring along the offer letter when paying the course fees at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

Fee payment

  • Cash or EPS
  • Cheque
    Course fees can be paid by crossed cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE". Please specify the programme title(s) for application, student's name, and student card number (if applicable).
  • VISA/MasterCard
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