Engineering Doctorate (EngD)



What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This programme is targeted for those who are in or are aspiring to be in senior management or principal research and development positions in companies/organisations that are involved in science, technology and engineering. The curriculum is designed to improve the candidates' skills in management of innovation and technology, enhance professional competence and expertise in specific engineering fields and strengthen capabilities in research, innovation and technology transfer from a practical perspective.


The programme comprises two equally weighted components: coursework and thesis. The coursework aims at reinforcing and expanding candidates' breadth of knowledge in management of innovation and advanced technologies. The thesis, which is company/organisation related, should make a significant contribution and/or provide innovative insights into professional practice in an engineering discipline.

Recognition & Prospects

The award “Doctor of Engineering” will be granted on successful completion of all subjects (as listed in curriculum) and a thesis. Graduates can use the title “Dr”.

An EngD candidate, upon graduation, should be able:

  • To understand the ethics in research;
  • To formulate, implement, and evaluate global operations strategies for achieving competitive advantage in a technological context; and to manage successfully the 21st century technological enterprises;
  • To possess the knowledge of technological innovation and transformation as well as business sustainability and apply them in technological enterprises, and to provide managers with the concepts, framework, and managerial skills to analyze, plan and lead complex systems projects;
  • To understand the current issues and development in the planning and choice performance management systems for firms and organisations to achieve their missions and business goals, and to apply the knowledge learnt in the selection and implementation of appropriate performance management practices for various types of organisational settings;
  • To understand the importance of environmental management and the role of different parties on cleaner production and sustainable product development; and to acquire the knowledge of the updated environmental technologies in handling and controlling various types of pollution; and
  • To investigate or conduct a critical study of an engineering problem which demonstrates innovation and creativity and results in a significant contribution to engineering practice within an industrial/professional context.

Programme Structure

  • Candidates are required to pass 5 Compulsory Subjects and 3 Elective Subjects, with a minimum Award GPA (AGPA) of 3.0, and complete a thesis.
  • Compulsory Subjects: Research Methodology; Global Operations Strategy; Systems Transformation & Analysis; Performance Management Systems & Design; Environment, Energy & Economy: Strategies for Sustainable Development.
  • Elective Subjects: Technological Innovation & Strategy (recommended study trip), Strategic Lean Management (recommended study trip), a pool of guided study subjects/ special topics from the six co-hosting departments/division.
  • The thesis should be innovative and applicable in a professional context. The research results should also reach a standard worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed archival journal.
  • The normal duration for completing the thesis is six semesters.
  • Candidates are encouraged to follow a recommended study pattern.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$177,600.00 (18,83,151) per year
HK $88,800 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2024


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to a Doctoral degree programme, you must possess a Master's degree. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Master's degree in an engineering discipline that is relevant to biomedical engineering, computing, electrical engineering, electronic and information engineering, industrial and systems engineering or mechanical engineering (under exceptional circumstances, admission may be granted to holders of good Bachelor's degrees with Honours in a relevant engineering discipline); and

All applicants are expected to have substantial and relevant work experience. They must have company sponsorship. This does not necessarily need to be financial support, but permission to work on a company-related problem for the thesis is normally necessary, although the provision of a company sponsorship letter can be waived in exceptional cases. Alternatively, candidates can conduct a research/study that has been requested by the government, an industrial sector or a professional body/association.

Applicants are also expected to demonstrate maturity, motivation, commitment and skill in communicating in English.

Applicants who obtain a degree from a university of which the language of instruction is not English are expected to fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A score of 80 or above (on the Internet-based test), or 550 or above (on the paper-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications to be considered by the Faculty.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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