What will I learn?

Systems and software engineering involves the development of methodologies, processes and tools for building robust, high performance computer-based systems. In this area, our researchers have applied their expertise on key challenges in agile development, context-aware middleware, cost estimation, cyber-physical systems, real-time embedded systems, software metrics, software processes and quality, storage in embedded systems and risk management. They are also working on solutions to the problems arising from the use of business-critical applications.

The Department of Computing has established a solid foundation in Algorithm and Theory, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Privacy, Networking and Mobile Computing, and System Modelling and Software Engineering.

Our students’ cutting-edge research is supported by enthusiastic faculty members and support staff who ensure that the Department provides them with a positive and nurturing academic environment.

The Department also ensures that all research students have opportunities to enrich their research experience through research exchange visits, attendance at leading international conferences and participation in global competitions and departmental projects.

The Department’s global network crosses disciplines and bridges industries, offering our students ample career opportunities, resources and access to research funding.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (US$ 10,825) 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

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

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

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.

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 recognised university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) 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 (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English).

Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

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

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ranking 75th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2021),6th in the QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2021 and 25th in QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from 30 countries