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PhD Electronic and Computer Engineering - Energy Technology

 Course Level
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GMAT (avg)610

About this course

The programs cover a wide scope of modern technologies including Biomedical Electronics, Computer Engineering, Ecotronics, Embedded Systems, IC Design, Microelectronics, Photonics, Signal and Information, System and Automation, and Wireless Communications and Networking. These areas are critical to the growth of our information-based society and mastering these technologies should open up vast career opportunities.

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

Prior Educational Background 

  • For admission to the MPhil/PhD program, students must possess a good first degree or a Master's degree from a recognized university or an approved institution. An applicant's undergraduate background is not a precondition for admission. Students with a solid quantitative background and commitment to academic study and research are encouraged to apply. 

The GRE and the TOFEL Requirements 

  • On top of their academic performance, an applicant must demonstrate his/her capability for graduate studies by obtaining a satisfactory score in the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE, score around 1200) or other equivalent means. 
  • For applicants attended educational institutions where the medium of instruction was not English and whose first language is not English, a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) is required.

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Course Modules

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program caters for students who wish to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching. It emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. To be eligible for the PhD degree, a student must:

  • Complete at least 15 credits of approved postgraduate coursework, of which at least 9 in the area of Electronic and Computer Engineering;
  • Fulfill the school requirements on PhD programs. For details, please refer to the section of School of Engineering;
  • Take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering and ELEC 6770 Professional Development in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of ENGG 6770 and ELEC 6770, subject to prior approval of the School and the Department respectively. Students are expected to complete the Professional Development courses in their first two years of study. Subject to the approval, part-time students may be given extension to complete the courses. HKUST MPhil (ECE) graduates who have taken and passed ENGG 6770 before may be exempted from taking the same course, subject to prior approval from the Department Head and PG Coordinator; 
  • Pass LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes, except those who register in part-time mode. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator;
  • The credits earned from ENGG 6770, ELEC 6770, LANG 5001 and ELEC 6900 Independent Study cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
  • Enroll for ELEC 6950 Departmental Seminar, except those who register in part-time mode;
  • Pass the qualifying examination within two years after admission, with a maximum of two attempts;
  • Pass the thesis proposal before the final thesis defense;
  • Register in ELEC 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research; and
  • Present and oral defend the PhD thesis.

Energy Technology Concentration

  • In addition to the program requirements specified above, students who opt for the Energy Technology concentration are required to:
  • Take one ENEG course;
  • Complete ENEG 6010 Advanced Topics in Energy Technology for one term; and
  • Conduct research in energy area.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Degree Certificate(s), if graduated
  • For applicants graduated from University in Mainland China, please upload both Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.
  • English proficiency proof / certificate (i.e. IELTS / TOEFL / Medium of Instruction) (if applicable)
  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required. Fresh graduates may provide information on work experience and professional qualification if they are available. Applicants may also upload other information not listed above but helpful to the admission committee to make the best decision.
  • Please note all submitted information will be kept confidential and will only be kept for a certain period of time. All application material will not be returned to the applicants by any means.

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