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PhD Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management

 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

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

PhD students are required to take five courses from the following list:

  • IELM 5110 Information System Design
  • IELM 5170 Advanced Production Planning and Control
  • IELM 5230 Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • IELM 5250 Stochastic Models in Operations Research
  • IELM 5260 Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments
  • IELM 5270 Engineering Statistics
  • IELM 5320 Design for People
  • IELM 5520 Contextual Design for Decision Support System

They must also:

  • take one 3-credit course at Engineering School (non-IELM) 5000 level or above 
  • take and pass ENGG6770 Professional Development in Engineering and IELM6770 Professional Development in IELM. Students are expected to complete in their first two years of study
  • take at least one 3-credit IELM Special Topic or 6000-level course
  • pass the one-credit LANG 5001  Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes course, though credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward degree requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 by the department head or the postgraduate coordinator, based on students’ background and/or the HKUST Language Center’s English proficiency assessment  
  • take and pass IELM6800 for at least four semesters during their residency. Part-time students may be exempted from this requirement
  • pass the qualifying examination, pass the preliminary oral examination to review and approve the student’s written research proposal, write a thesis and pass a final thesis examination

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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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