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PhD Mechanical Engineering - Energy Technology Concentration

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

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

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About this course

The PhD degree program seeks to imbue in-depth knowledge of mechanical engineering and the capability of formulating and conducting independent and original research and development in a chosen specialization. Students must successfully complete an advanced study program including postgraduate courses and a thesis of significant original research. They are required to take seminars. Students must also take and pass an English language communication course*.

A qualifying examination is set by the Department. The program usually takes three or four years of full-time study to complete if a relevant Master's or Bachelor's degree is held.

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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

Students who opt for the Energy concentration are required to:

Fulfill credit requirements as follows:

    • PhD students without a master’s degree are required to take 24 credits of postgraduate courses (excluding courses from SBM and SHSS), of which 12 credits must be from MECH courses, 3 credits from ENEG courses and 3 credits from ENEG/MECH courses.
    • PhD students with a master’s degree are required to take 12 credits of postgraduate courses (excluding courses from SBM and SHSS), of which 6 credits must be from MECH courses and 3 credits from ENEG courses.
    • Students deemed to be missing relevant background in Mechanical Engineering may be required to take extra MECH courses, which will be specified by the departmental Admissions Committee.
    • HKUST MPhil graduates in Mechanical Engineering may be granted credit transfer of up to 12 credits on condition that these credits have not been used in their MPhil degree or any other academic qualification.
    • Subject to the approval of the departmental PG Committee, students who obtained master’s degree from other universities may be granted credit transfer of up to 6 credits on condition that these credits have not been used to earn another academic qualification, and that the courses must be at 4000-level or above.
    • In addition, students must fulfill the school requirements on PhD programs stipulated in the section of School of Engineering.
  • Take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering and MECH 6770 Professional Development in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Students may be exempted from certain ENGG 6770 events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of MECH 6770, subject to prior approval of the Department. Students are expected to complete the Professional Development courses in their first two years of study. Subject to approval, part-time students may be given extension to complete thecourses. HKUST MPhil graduates in Mechanical Engineering 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.
  • Take LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies.
  • Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator;
  • The credits earned from ENGG 6770, MECH 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
  • Pass an oral qualifying examination (QE) which can be attempted twice at most (with details as specified above);
  • Take MECH 6090 Seminar in Mechanical Engineering for at least four terms. Subject to Department’s approval, students can take MECH 6090 for less than four terms;
  • Complete ENEG 6010 Advanced Topics in Energy Technology for one term. Students can use ENEG 6010 to replace one term of registration of MECH 6090;
  • Register in MECH 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research every regular term;
  • Conduct research in energy area; and
  • Present and oral defend the PhD thesis.


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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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