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PhD Environmental Engineering

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GMAT (avg)610

About this course

Students who wish to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching can apply to join the Department’s PhD program. This program emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. Students can design their program of study to suit their interests and needs. The program should cover a specialized area in industrial engineering and at least one minor area, and must be approved by the thesis advisory committee.

The PhD program seeks to develop a student’s skills in identifying issues related to a practical application, formulating an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues, and independently creating an effective solution to the problem. A PhD candidate is supervised by a Department faculty member.

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a master’s degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant science or engineering discipline from a recognized university;
  • in exceptional circumstances, outstanding students with a relevant bachelor’s degree, for example, a first class honors degree from a reputable university, may be admitted to the program without a master’s degree. These students may be required to take additional credits to fulfill the program requirements.

English Requirements

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);   Paper-based test (PBT) score ≥ 550, Internet-based test (iBT) score ≥ 80
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Overall score ≥ 6.0,   All sub-scores ≥ 5.5.

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Course Modules

  • CENG 5210 Advanced Separation Processes
  • CENG 5310 Measurements of Air Pollutants
  • CENG 5320 Water Quality Assessment
  • CENG 5650 Environmental Biotechnology
  • CENG 5760 Advanced Physio-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • CENG 5840 Nanomaterials for Chemical Engineering Applications
  • CIVL 4430 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • CIVL 4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities
  • CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management
  • CIVL 4480 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis
  • CIVL 4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management
  • CIVL 5410 Physical-Chemical Water/ Wastewater Treatment
  • CIVL 5420 Biological Waste Treatment
  • CIVL 5430 Aquatic Chemistry
  • CIVL 5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation
  • CIVL 5460 Landfill Engineering and Design
  • CIVL 5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • CIVL 5480 Pollutant Transport in Soils and Groundwater
  • MECH 4040 Noise Control
  • MECH 4210 Air Pollution Control
  • MECH 4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics
  • MECH 5260 Air Pollution Meteorology
  • ENVR 5210  Environmental Microbiology
  • ENVR 6050  Introduction to Oceanography
  • EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development


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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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