Innovative Curriculum

The first undergraduate programme in Hong Kong and one of the few in the world to integrate data science with policy studies. DSPS Programme offers a comprehensive and balanced curriculum on fundamental aspects of data, statistical and machine learning knowledge, policy design and analytics techniques, as well as hands-on experience with data science software and visualization tools. The final-year capstone project offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply what they have learned in the Programme to address real-world policy issues.

 

Units

Major Required Courses

(e.g. Foundation of Data Science, Data Science and Public Policy)

27

Resident Study Overseas

9

Internship

3

Capstone Courses

6

Major Elective Courses

(e.g. Social Science Disciplinary Courses OR Selected Technology Courses offered by Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering)

18

Faculty Package

9

Total

72

 

Overseas Exchange Experience

In this increasingly interconnected Overseas Exchange ExperienceOverseas Exchange Experienceworld, the DSPS Programme is both the destination and take-off runway of students. We have lined up with some top institutions in Europe and Australasia for students to explore and broaden their horizons. Our partners are Technical University of Munich (TUM), a top Germany university in the heart of the European continent and University of Auckland, the best university in New Zealand.

Internships

Besides textbook knowledge, we equally value hands-on experience, if not more. The DSPS Programme offers internship opportunities in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.

Mentorship Programme

To help students integrate their academic learning with real-world experience, the DSPS Programme invites experienced and professional mentors from different sectors and industries to serve as student mentors. Our mentors, who come from both public and private organizations such as The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of The HKSARG, Niche Global Fintech, Civic Exchange, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, etc., will provide students with practical advice and guidance in the transition from university to working world and society after graduation.

Knowledge and Capacities Acquired

Upon graduation, DSPS students will have solid knowledge of policy theories, state-of-art data science techniques, and leadership skills to formulate data-driven policy and evaluate policy outcomes. In particular, students will be able to:

  • Understand policy issues with insights and intelligence by integrating theory and practice
  • Design data-driven and evidence-based solutions to address policy problems
  • Apply statistical and computational methods to analyze data to provide actionable insights
  • Present and visualize results in a clear and professional manner to enhance policy decisions

Career Prospects

DSPS students graduate with the expertise to be data-driven decision-makers, policy leaders, project managers, and research analysts in both public and private organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Government
  • Think tanks
  • Consulting firms
  • Non-government organizations
  • Startups
  • Multinational corporations
  • Science and technology companies
  • Nonprofit advocacy organizations