Master of Science in Knowledge Management

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 45093

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

FTM (Full-time)
PTM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
9 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,000 per credit for local students
HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Eric Y H Tsui

No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

Knowledge Management (KM) is a trans-disciplinary area that encapsulates processes and techniques for the creation, collection, classification, distribution, evaluation and re-use of institutional and personal knowledge. KM can help to widely share experiences, minimise re-inventing the wheel, promote trust and facilitate learning environments in organisations. Many enterprises, local and international, have successfully leveraged KM to enhance their competitiveness and innovation in the new economy. Amongst other things, this is achieved by maximising reuse, enhancing the flow of knowledge, harnessing and sharing critical knowledge and providing a learning environment for knowledge workers. There is a critical shortage of KM professionals worldwide. With its blended mode of delivery, this MSc programme is the first designed to meet this need and beyond in the Asia-Pacific region.



The curriculum of this programme was co-developed by an international team of leading experts and scholars in knowledge management. The programme is delivered through a balanced mix of in-person classes and online tutorials, supplemented by web-based content with enhanced pedagogy. It features:

  • A balanced approach to theory and practice supplemented by case studies from Asia and around the world;
  • The right blend of human and IT-oriented approaches to manage knowledge at the personal, group and organisational levels;
  • A flexible study mode to offer the preferred work and lifestyle balance for every learner; and
  • Delivery by staff and adjunct faculty members of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


The programme is suitable for knowledge workers in all industries, and the concepts learned are widely applicable.

Recognition & Prospects

The programme is designed to suit professionals from various disciplines (management, IT, engineering, social work, library science, legal, education, health care, etc.) to acquire and develop expertise in the rapidly growing area of KM.  For those students and graduates with experience, they often fulfill the roles of Knowledge Manager, Knowledge Management Officer, Knowledge and Learning Director, Innovation Manager, and consultants.  In these capacities, they carry out, among others, knowledge audits and implement knowledge management processes and tools in companies and organisations.


Programme Structure

Students can select one of the following two modes to complete their studies with a total of 30 credits:

Mode 1: 10 taught subjects, including 5 Compulsory, at least 3 Core, and at most 2 Elective Subjects.

Mode 2: 7 taught subjects, including 5 Compulsory, at least 1 Core, and at most 1 Elective Subject, plus a Dissertation.


Core Areas of Study

The programme offers 5 Compulsory Subjects and 5 Core Subjects, and there is a wide range of Elective Subjects in many fields of study available for selection upon registration.


Compulsory Subjects 

  • Managing Knowledge
  • Methods & Tools for Knowledge Management Systems
  • Organisational Learning: Methods & Practices
  • Managing & Measuring Intellectual Capital
  • Strategic Issues & Case Studies in Knowledge Management


Core Subjects

  • Knowledge Based Service Innovation
  • Enterprise Knowledge Portals
  • Knowledge Communities
  • Business Intelligence & Data Mining
  • E-Learning Technologies & Practices


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or a professional qualification, or the equivalent.


Consideration will be given to candidates with appropriate work experience.


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.

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the department.  Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Other Information

  • Some subjects operate with continuous assessment; others have examinations.
  • Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings or weekends.


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. Eric Tsui (tel: (852) 2766 6609; fax: (852) 2334 2441; email:


For information on general enquiries, please contact:
Ms Louise Tung (tel: (852) 2766 4227; fax: (852) 2774 9308; email:;
or Miss Michelle Wong (tel: (852) 2766 4118; fax: (852) 2774 9308; email:


Programme website:

Student Message

After 30 years of challenges in my work life, the programme inspired me with its objective yet insightful perspective on business, which has helped me to review and develop new strategies for my future career and my social and personal life. It was an open and innovative learning experience, with opportunities to connect with professionals from all over the world. This course marked the start of my knowledge management journey, and will certainly continue to be a part of my life.

KF Cheng – Senior Director (International Business Development), DHgate

This amazing programme enabled me to reflect in different ways, both on the way I work, and also on my attitudes towards learning and getting along with others. The complementary modules turned theoretical concepts of knowledge sharing and learning into highly practical tools and methods, and equipped me with the skills to create endless networks and exchange knowledge in my daily life. My journey through the programme helped me to regain the essence of learning and become a lifelong learner.

Donna Tse – Assistant to Chairman, Semiconductor Manufacturer

While the knowledge management domain is extremely broad and varied, I have been very impressed with the comprehensive coverage of its most important dimensions in this programme. The programme has provided me with opportunities to listen to and learn from some of the pioneers of knowledge management, which have provided unique insights that texts cannot provide.

Cateen Quayle - Knowledge Manager, Hunter Water, Australia

Two thumbs up for the PolyU knowledge management programme! It uses some of the most innovation teaching and delivery techniques and provides excellent insights into organizational behaviour.

Major Anthony Julian Guess-Johnson - Senior Information Assurance Officer, Cyber Security Forum Initiative, US Department of Defense

The learning experience on the MScKM programme has been inspiring and enjoyable. The programme is multidisciplinary and up-to-date with the latest world views and industrial case studies. The sharing from academic staff and guest speakers has been valuable and insightful. I have been highly impressed by various innovations driven by the faculty, pioneering new platforms for collaboration, formulating a peer support community and so on. They constantly apply learning to real life situations. I am now ready to embark on applying my learning in the workplace.

Maggie To - IT Development Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd

Many thanks to our professors, who are passionate and highly knowledgeable in the knowledge management field. They have inspired me and offered a wonderful learning experience. The programme content is up-to-date and practical. The assignments and projects helped me to think more deeply about my organization. I have had a really fruitful journey studying this programme.

Gloria So - Correctional Services Officer, The HKSAR Government

There is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of knowledge to obtain, but there is also space for personal development and good times with newly obtained friends. The past year was extremely fruitful.

De Klerk Arien Pieter Hendrik

Additional Documents Required

Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

No information is available at present.