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Master of Science in Applied Mathematics for Science and Technology (Decision Science)

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 63022

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
Department of Applied Mathematics

Stream Code


Mode of Study Part-time

Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits


Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,000 per credit for local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Prof. Yang Xiao-qi
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Lou Yijun
BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Programme Leader

Dr Guo Xin
BSc, MPhil, PhD


  • This programme admits local applicants only.
  • Switching between specialisms after admission to this MSc programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For example, a student who is enrolled in the Decision Science specialism can transfer to the Actuarial and Investment Science specialism, or vice versa, if he or she fulfills the specialism requirements (application is subject to approval).

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to provide students with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in statistics, operations research and scientific computing relevant to decision making and practical problem solving in engineering, finance and management. It also covers essential mathematical modelling and computational techniques that enhance students' generic skills for solving real-life problems.



Our programme provides graduate-level subjects with an emphasis on the advanced methodologies and techniques of mathematical modelling that are useful to engineers, scientists, technologists and managers.

Our focus is on applications and the use of software packages to handle real-world data and solve practical problems.

Recognition & Prospects

Our graduates become leading professionals in engineering, management and finance.


Programme Structure

A student studying for the MSc (DS) award must complete

  • 1 Compulsory Subject (3 credits); and
  • 3 Core Subjects (9 credits); and
  • 3 Core/Elective* Subjects (9 credits); and
  • 3 additional Core Subjects or a Dissertation (9 credits).


* Elective Subjects refer to subjects offered by other postgraduate schemes/programmes, as long as pre-requisite requirements are satisfied.


For details of the programme structure, please refer to www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/pg/63022/Pages/program.


Core Areas of Study

A Compulsory Subject:

  • Mathematical Modelling for Science & Technology


Core Subjects from the following list or a Dissertation:

  • Advanced Operations Research Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Actuarial Science
  • Applied Linear Models
  • Credibility Theory
  • Decision Analysis
  • Design & Analysis of Experiments
  • Forecasting & Applied Time Series Analysis
  • Graphs & Networks
  • Investment Science
  • Life Contingencies
  • Loss Models & Risk Analysis
  • Mathematics of Derivative Pricing
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Operations Research Methods
  • Optimal Control with Management Science Applications
  • Optimisation Methods
  • Probability & Stochastic Models
  • Scientific Computing
  • Simulation
  • Statistical Data Mining
  • Statistical Inference


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/pg/63022/Pages/curriculum.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, computer science, basic science, business, economics, or the equivalent (industrial or business experience will be an asset).


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Some of the subjects in this programme have been included in the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable subjects (for course commencement before March 2023).


The CEF list includes:

  • Investment Science
  • Life Contingencies
  • Mathematics of Derivative Pricing
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Operations Research Methods


For further information, please contact:

Prof. Yang Xiao-qi, Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 6954; email: xiao.qi.yang@polyu.edu.hk);
or Dr Lou Yi-jun, Deputy Programme Leader 
(tel: (852) 3400 3980; email: yijun.lou@polyu.edu.hk);
or Dr Guo Xin, Assistant Programme Leader 
(tel: (852) 3400 3751; email: x.guo@polyu.edu.hk);
or Ms Jojo Au (tel: (852) 2766 6949; email: jojo.au@polyu.edu.hk); 
or visit our website at www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/pg/63022.

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.