Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

What will I learn?

The Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering currently offers research-oriented graduate programme leading to the award of the Master (M.Phil.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. Applications from both Hong Kong and overseas will be considered. Financial supports are available to successful applicants.

The department may review earlier those applicants who make their applications before December 1, and may give an early interview in addition to the interview(s) held in February of every year. However, the department might have to wait until the application deadline for the academic year is over before sending out the official admission letters.

MPhil and PhD are registered as two separate streams in the MPhil-PhD programme. A student will be admitted as either an MPhil or PhD student.

Fields of Specialization

Department offers research studies in the following fields:

  • Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics
  • Design and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Combustion and Propulsion
  • Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Systems
  • Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Quantum Computing and Quantum Information
  • Precision Engineering and Instrumentation
  • Robotics
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Sustainable Fuel Production
  • Systems and Control

PhD Stream

The Ph.D. stream has a normative study period of 36 months for full-time students with a research-oriented Master's degree and 48 months for students without one. The maximum period for full-time student with Master’s degree is 72 and 84 months for students without.

All students in the PhD stream will be admitted initially in the “pre-candidacy” status. Upon satisfying the Division’s candidacy requirements, the student will be allowed to progress to the “post-candidacy” status. As a requirement for graduation, students must carry out a substantial amount of research which will lead to original results worthy of publication in scholarly journals.

The Division will consider admission of part-time Ph.D. students with Master's degrees and strong academic records. Part-time students will be required to take regular graduate courses offered in the day time. The normative study period for part-time students with a research master's degree is 48 months and for students without a research master's degree are 64 months. The maximum period is 84 and 100 months respectively.

MPhil Stream

The M.Phil. Stream has a normative study period of 24 months, and a maximum period of 48 months. Students are required to complete at least 4 graduate courses with a total of 12 units (each with a minimum of B-), as approved by the Division and register for the relevant thesis research course every term throughout their studies until the thesis is finally submitted. In addition, a research project is required for which a thesis is to be submitted with pass an oral defense for graduation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

To be admitted to the MPhil stream, applicants shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

To be admitted to the PhD stream,

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have majored in a discipline that is related to their intended field of MPhil or PhD studies.

To fulfill the minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

ADD TO MY FAVOURITES

Get in touch