MPhil (IS)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree programs in Information Systems (IS) is a research-oriented degree that aims to prepare students for a research and teaching career in universities, research institutes, governmental or business organizations.

The program has a technology management perspective with a focus on economic modeling and behavioral research into the management, design, use, and socio-economic impact of information technology on individuals, organizations, and societies. Students intending to do a PhD degree in IS at HKUST should consider entering the MPhil (IS) program to acquire the training necessary for a PhD degree.

Program Requirements

Introductory Quantitative Requirement

Unless students have clearly demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the area, students entering the MPhil program are required to take the following two mathematics-oriented courses in the first regular term of study. The credits earned from these two courses cannot be counted toward the degree requirements.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
ECON 5100   Mathematics for Business and Economics 3
ISOM 5540 Introduction to Probability 3

RPg Professional Development Requirement

Students are required to complete and pass PDEV 6770 Professional Development in Academia for Business in their first 1.5 years of study. Part-time students may be given extension to complete this course, subject to prior approval of the Department Head and PG Coordinator. The 1 credit earned from this course cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Course Requirement

Students are required to take at least 34 credits in the sequence suggested below. Students may need to take additional courses related to their research topics, as requested by their thesis supervisors.

Required Courses (14 credits)

Fall Term
Year One
  • ECON 5130 Microeconomic Analysis (4 credits); or
  • ECON 5210 Microeconomic Theory I (4 credits); or
  • ECON 5300 Econometrics (4 credits)
  • LANG 5002 Postgraduate English for Business and Social Science Studies (1 credit)
Spring Term
Year One
  • ISOM 5020 Information and Technology Management (2 credits); or
  • ISOM 5100 Information Strategy and Management (2 credits)
  • ISOM 5550 Statistical Methods for Business and Economics I (3 credits)
Summer Term
Year One
  • ISOM 5400 Information Systems Research Methodologies (4 credits)

Year One Elective Courses (a total of at least 20 credits in two years)

Fall Term
Year One
  • Research courses approved by the MPhil/PhD Coordinator *
Spring Term
Year One
  • ECON 5130 Microeconomic Analysis (4 credits); or
  • ECON 5210 Microeconomic Theory I (4 credits); or
  • ECON 5300 Econometrics (4 credits)
  • Research courses approved by the MPhil/PhD Coordinator *

Year Two Elective Courses (a total of at least 20 credits in two years)

Fall Term
Year Two
  • Research courses approved by the MPhil/PhD Coordinator *
Spring Term
Year Two
  • Research courses approved by the MPhil/PhD Coordinator *
Summer Term
Year Two
  • ISOM 7000 Doctoral Seminar in IS (1-4 credits) #

* Students need to select postgraduate level courses offered by but not limited to the following programs: Information Systems, Management, Economics, Finance, Marketing, or Operations Management programs.

# Course can be repeated for credits.

Thesis Requirement

Registration in ISOM 6990 MPhil Thesis Research; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis