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What will I learn?

Structural Engineering

  • Emerging Structural Materials and Systems, Retrofit and Construction of Structures with FRP Composites, Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Structures, Life-Cycle Structural Engineering, Steel Structures, Thin-Walled Structures
  • Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Construction, Durability and Life Cycle Management of RC Structures in Marine Environments, Structural Applications of Fiber-Reinforced Cementitious Composites, Geopolymer concrete, Prefabricated construction
  • Life-cycle Engineering and Management, Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Reliability and Risk Assessment, Sustainable and Smart Infrastructures, Multi-hazard Management and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Seismic Design and Analysis, Concrete Structures, Retrofitting and Strengthening, Construction Law
  • Smart Materials and Structures, Nonlinear Dynamics, Noise Control and Mitigation, Thermo-acoustics and Structural Vibration Control
  • Smart Materials and Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Hazard Mitigation, Performance-based Design Methodology
  • Steel Structures, Non-linear Solution Methods, Buckling, Stability, Advanced Nonlinear Design, Glass Structures, Non-linear Finite Element Analysis, Second Order Analysis, Steel and Bamboo Scaffolding and Structures
  • Steel Structures, Steel-concrete Composite Structures and Cold-formed Steel Construction, Code Development, Fire Engineering and Fire Protection, Fire Resistant Design, Development of Steel Building Products, Bamboo Structures
  • Structural Health Monitoring; Structural Condition Assessment and Damage Detection; Finite Element Model Updating; Nonlinear Vibration of Cables; Structural Dynamics
  • Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Dynamics and Control, Monitoring and Control in Rail Engineering, Smart Materials and Structures, Sensors and Actuators
  • Tubular Structures; Steel Structures and Steel-Concrete Composite Structures; Pultruded FRP Structures and Smart Structures; Earthquake Engineering
  • Wind Engineering, Bridge Aerodynamics, Field Measurement, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Vibration Control, Smart Structures, Earthquake Engineering

Numerous opportunities for research studies leading to Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree are available. Under our outcome-based framework, research students pursue a series of compulsory and elective subjects in depth, with a view to contributing to the existing body of knowledge, as well as a research project under the supervision of an experienced academic staff member with similar research interests.

MPhil students must satisfactorily investigate or evaluate a chosen area, demonstrate an understanding of the context and significance of the work, display sustained independent effort and original thought and present a clear, complete thesis of a quality worthy of publication.

The MPhil degree is awarded to students who, on completion of an approved programme of study and research, present theses that embody the results of their research and satisfy the examiners in an oral examination in matters relevant to the subject of the thesis. Students must also complete the coursework requirement before submitting their theses. The subjects are chosen by the student, with advice from the supervisor, from a wide range on offer.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,51,796) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022


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 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st 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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