What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Features

Mechanical engineering is a discipline at the heart of engineering. Nothing can move or function well in the modern world without the participation of mechanical engineers. In the field of transportation, cars, railways, ships and aeroplanes are designed and maintained by mechanical engineers. Factories producing mechanical and electronic products cannot run smoothly without mechanical engineers. Likewise, power stations and buildings of all types would come to a halt without them. Mechanical engineers are trained to cope with a variety of challenges and have a very broad range of career options.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering BEng(ME) degree aims to prepare graduates for numerous career paths in industrialised economies. The curriculum allows students to acquire basic knowledge in engineering science and is also flexible enough to enable them to specialise in their own areas of interest.

The academic study plan for the first few semesters focuses on fulfilling the educational objectives of HKU and the Faculty of Engineering: the language requirements, the Common Core curriculum and Engineering Core courses of mathematics, physics, programming and introductory engineering. Starting from the second year, students are taught the benchmark disciplines of the field of mechanical engineering: design, dynamics and control, fluid mechanics, materials technology, solid mechanics and thermodynamics. In the third year and final years, students have the opportunity to select electives in a specialised professional area apart from the main stream to develop specific knowledge and equip them for their future careers. Examples include computer aided design, heat transfer, stress and strain analysis, and viscous flow. In the final year, students are also required to take part in a Capstone Project, in which they integrate knowledge from previous courses in modelling a simple engineering problem. Investigations can include design, computer simulations and experimental fabrication. Finally, to broaden their educational horizons, students can take two electives from any discipline at the University; there are plans to extend this to three or four free electives in the near future.

Professional Recognition

The BEng (ME) programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Graduates can, with proper training and working experience, obtain the status of Registered Professional Engineer. This professional status is recognised through the Washington Accord by the signatories of professional engineering bodies in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US.

Career Prospects

BEng (ME) graduates are well prepared for a range of careers. Employment is available in public utilities, the government and the manufacturing sector, notably firms producing consumer goods. Some graduates also develop their careers in the building industry.

Possible careers include:

Government: Airport Authority, Drainage Services Department, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Environmental Protection Department, Water Supplies Department.

Public utilities: CLP, Hong Kong Electric, Hong Kong and China Gas Company.

Manufacturing: ASM Assembly Automation, Fong’s Industries, Johnson Electric

Transport: Cathay Pacific, KMB, MTR, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company

Building & construction: ATAL Engineering, Gammon Construction, Maunsell-AECOM, Meinhardt, Ove Arup and Partners, Parson Brinckerhoff, Swire Property.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (US$ 22,059) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2021

More details

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 33 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 550 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

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About this uni

University of Hong Kong had ten of its disciplines ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by subjects 2019.

  • Recognized as ‘most international’ university in the world
  • Professors ranked among world’s top 1 % of scientists
  • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
  • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 years