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What will I learn?

Smart Mobility

The concept of Smart Mobility is to achieve an efficient and sustainable city by utilising big data, digital platforms and a connected environment to optimise transport services for people and goods. The Department’s research activities include, but are not limited to, connected and autonomous vehicles, managed motorways, traffic signal optimisation, machine learning, data mining, utilisation of Bluetooth and Wifi data for traffic and pedestrian monitoring, optimisation of bus operations, asset life cycle costing, traffic safety analysis, environment-friendly transportation infrastructure, public transportation systems, queueing systems and multimodal traffic.

The Department has been actively involved in many research projects with leading research institutions and universities from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Australia, the USA and Europe.


The generation, transmission and storage of electricity, and energy in general, have been a cornerstone of the development of humanity over the past 100 years. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Hong Kong and, more recently, in mainland China. The demand for well-qualified electrical engineers is steadily increasing and the Department of Electrical Engineering has established a stellar reputation for its commitment to the highest standards of teaching, research and other scholarly activities.

The main emphasis of postgraduate research programmes is to advance the frontiers of electrical engineering through research investigation and innovation. Research students will spend most of their time solving a specific electrical engineering problem. The Department offers both Master- and Doctorate-level research studies.

Research students pursue a specific aspect of a subject in depth, with a view to contributing to the existing body of knowledge, under the supervision of a staff member with similar research interests. PhD students are also expected to produce evidence and argument supporting an original proposition that results in a significant contribution to knowledge of a subject.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,55,343) 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

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 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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