PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Materials and Processing



What will I learn?

As one of the founding departments of the University in 1937, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been at the forefront of the vast evolvement of its field.

The Department is proud of its international focus and active collaborations with overseas institutions. Its global connections open the minds and broaden the perspectives of the future generations to uncover knowledge that benefits mankind. The Department’s world-class faculty and internationally renowned programmes draw students from across the globe. The Department has also published numerous research reports in top-class international publications.

Advanced Materials and Processing


  • Electrode materials R&D; Materials green production; Chemical vapor deposition
  • Advanced materials processing; Computational materials science; Damage and fracture of materials; Finite element modelling and simulation; Micro-mechanics of materials
  • Advanced structural materials; High-temperature and high-strength alloys; Nanostructured and nanocrystalline alloys; Material processing and mechanical behavior; 3D Atom probe tomography characterisation
  • Nanofibers for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibers with superb charge conductivity
  • Non-equilibrium materials engineering; Amorphous materials and nanomaterials; Dynamic behavior of materials; Theory of non-equilibrium phase transformation; Constitutive modeling of advanced materials
  • Advanced materials development; Computational materials design & modeling; Nanomaterials and nanotechnology; Environmental degradation of materials
  • Bio-inspired mechanics & materials; Contact mechanics; Fracture mechanics; Multiscale mechanical characterisations; Computational material science
  • Computational materials science; Atomistic modeling and simulation; Amorphous alloys; Nanostructured materials; Two-dimensional materials
  • Advanced composite materials; Nano material and nanotechnology; High performance thermoplastic composites; Electrospinning; Smart materials and structures
  • Structured materials; Material characterisations

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,92,800) 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

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

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

3-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university.

4-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold:

A Master’s degree; OR
A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised 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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