Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Smart Materials, Devices, and Applications


What will I learn?

Research into smart materials, devices and applications is a strategic technology resource to facilitate the sustainable development of electrical engineering (and its related science, technology and engineering fields) into newer and smarter dimensions.

Supported by the well-equipped Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory, the research group’s primary focus is on developing multifunctional smart materials with interestingly high magneto-, electro-, thermo- and mechano-optical responses at the bulk, micro- and nano-scales. It also aims to investigate the fundamentals of energy generation, conversion and storage processes, and structural integrity and environmental sustainability for multidisciplinary applications of the materials. The smart materials of interest include, but are not limited to, multiferroic, magnetoelectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, magnetocaloric, ferromagnetic shape memory, magnetorheological and photovoltaic materials. Moreover, the application of these materials focuses on the development of smart devices, including power supply-free energy-harvesting wireless sensors, coil-free self-isolated circuit protection and control devices, electromagnetic wave nano-absorbents, green batteries and energy cells, sensori-actuators/-transducers, ultrasonic motors and self-sensing vibration absorbers/isolators/dampers. In addition, the synergic technologies for integrated systems are condition and health monitoring; signal analysis, processing and transmission; drives, control and automation; energy harvesting, conversion and storage; prognosis and diagnosis; and nondestructive evaluation.

The research group has an outstanding record of research performance and an excellent reputation for professional services in the three aspects of basic, applied and industrial research, both locally and internationally.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,93,331) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)

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

Application deadline

30 September 2023, 31 January 2024

More details

Start date

15 January 2024, 27 May 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

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 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

At least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honors or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognized university.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

*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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