PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering



What will I learn?

This research area covers:

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.

Course Structure:

Three years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree with a significant research component);
Four years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,93,919) 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

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.

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  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
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