Higher Diploma in

Software Engineering

  • Offering Campus(es)

    Type of Programme

    Subvented Programmes
    Self-financed Programmes

    Offering Campuses


    (Planned Places)

    • cw
    • lw
    • st
    • ty
    • tm
    • mh
    • kt

    Programmes Aims

    This programme aims to provide students with a practical grounding in software systems development, with the emphasis on software design and quality as well as project management. Graduates will be able to design and develop mobile, internet and enterprise applications.


    This 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.

    Duration of Study

    2 Years

    Mode of Study


    Career Prospects

    Graduates may be employed as programmers, technical support personnel, systems analyst, etc., with potential promotion to information systems manager.

    Entrance Requirements

    Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.



    1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.

    2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.

    3. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).

    4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.


    Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes:

    1. Local degree programmes offered by VTC's member institution:    
      • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
    2. Degree programmes in local universities:
      • City University of Hong Kong
      • Hong Kong Baptist University
      • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
      • The Open University of Hong Kong
      • The University of Hong Kong
    3. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus):
    4. Other Universities in the UK and Australia


    For more details concerning the articulation arrangements, please visit here​​​​​​​.

    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 content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.

  • Total Semester

    Semester 1
    • Database Principles
    • Programming
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
    • Operating Systems Fundamentals
    • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
    • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
    Semester 2
    • Software Project Management & Quality Assurance
    • Object Oriented Technology
    • Data Structures & Algorithms : Concepts & Implementation
    • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
    • System Development Project
    • Information Technology Essentials - Web
    • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development 
    Semester 3
    • System Development Project
    • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development
    • Programming Techniques for Mobile Systems
    • English and Communication : Reports
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
    Semester 4
    • Contemporary Topics in Software Engineering
    • Final Year Project
    • IT Professionalism
    • Human Computer Interaction & GUI Programming
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 
    • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
    Semester 5
    • Enterprise Software
    • Enterprise Systems Development 
    • Final Year Project
    • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
    • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
    • Enrichment Module

    Note :

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

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