Higher Diploma in

AI and Smart Technology

  • Offering Campus(es)

    Type of Programme

    Subvented Programmes
    Self-financed Programmes

    Offering Campuses


    (Planned Places)

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

    Programme Aims

    This programme aims to provide students with professional knowledge in smart city enabling technologies and cybersecurity. It integrates a broad range of skills including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, cloud services and cybersecurity operations to meet the diversified development of industries.

    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 will be able to take positions as IoT Application Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Engineer, System and Network Administrator (Cybersecurity) and Cybersecurity Analyst.



    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
    • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
    • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
    • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
    • Information Technology Essentials
    • Programming Fundamentals
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Database Applications
    Semester 2
    • English & Communication : Reports
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
    • IoT Fundamentals
    • Web Technologies
    • Wireless Technologies
    • Advanced Scripting Technology
    Semester 3
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
    • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
    • IT Professionalism
    • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
    • System Administration and IoT Project
    Semester 4
    • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
    • Artificial Intelligence Applications
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Cybersecurity - Part I
    • Final Year Project
    Semester 5
    • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
    • Enrichment Module
    • AI Cloud Services
    • Cybersecurity - Part II
    • Final Year Project 


    Industrial Attachment will be arranged at an appropriate time during the period of study between Semester 1 - 5.

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