What will I learn?

The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) aims to solve complex problems with innovative ideas and to produce high-impact research that is relevant to industry and society. Major research endeavours within the Department are conducted within four research groups. The foci of these groups are nonlinear circuits and systems (including power electronics, wireless power transfer technologies, renewable energy systems, LED lighting systems and complex networks), communications (including optical and wireless communications, vehicular communications, channel coding, optical sensor systems), multimedia signal processing (video and image coding, speech and pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning) and photonic systems and devices (microscopy techniques and photovoltaic devices). Other research topics include information security, bio-inspired optimisation techniques and forensics. Currently, over a hundred funded research projects are being undertaken. These projects are funded by the Hong Kong government, the Chinese government or our industrial partners such as Huawei Technologies and PCCW/HKT. Most of the Department’s research students will receive financial support during their PhD study. Every year, a few candidates nominated by the Department will be awarded the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HK$20,000 per month studentship).

Wireless Communications

  • Acoustic sensing
  • Cooperative communications
  • Full duplex communications
  • Interference suppression
  • Iterative decoding
  • Low-density-parity-check code
  • Polarisation-diverse wireless communication
  • Space-time signal processing
  • Turbo equalisation

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 Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
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

25 May 2020


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

Applicants must possess a Master's degree. English Language Requirements: 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.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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


About this uni

PolyU is at 7th place on the 2019 QS “Top 50 under 50” list which ranks the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years.

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