Frequently Asked Questions
JUPAS Admissions
Direct Admissions
PG Applications & Admissions
'I'm a high school student / teacher involved in student activities. Whom would I contact about programs and opportunities in your department?
You may contact our Department at 2358 7036 or eequestions for Undergraduate studies and Academic programs offered in the Department. You may also find more information here.
Q: How should I arrange a visit to your department?
There are actually a lot to see in our department, including the state-of-the-art facilities and teaching and research laboratories, which can give students a clearer picture of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Please contact our Department at 2358 7036 or eequestions for further arrangements.
How can I find out about particular research areas in your department? How can I contact faculty involved in specific research areas?
Research in our Department is categorized under 6 areas, with more details here. In each individual area, you may also find a list of faculty involved and their contacts.
Q: How can I become a UG student in your department?
There are different admission pathways for local, Mainland and International students. Details related to UG Admissions are available here.
Q: What is ECE?
A: Exposure to Comprehensive technologies that makes your daily life Excellent.
Mobile phone provides convenience for communication everywhere to shorten the distance among people and to enhance the delivery of information.
Integrated circuit and photonic technology brings us high quality and reliable computer, display unit, DVD player as well as other useful electronic appliances.
- Robotic theory is applied in the development of different types of machinery.
- Biomedical engineering helps to establish medical equipment for diagnosis.
Q: What is the difference between ECE, CSE and CPEG?
Hardware design as well as modern technologies used in different electronic products and network systems cooperating with computing technology.
Emphasis on computer structure and applications as well as all kinds of software and web technologies development.
CPEG - Interface between the software and hardware models.
Q: Why is ECE program at HKUST a good choice for me?
We have international world-class faculty educated from world-renowned universities. They are young, friendly, and eager to bring the latest technical knowledge into the classroom.
Our program is well designed to cover a wide range of technologies critical to the growth of the information-based economy so as to provide students with a strong technical and engineering background.
Our program is recognized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates from our program with honors will be deemed to have satisfied the educational requirement for Corporate Membership of HKIE.
- We have advanced cutting-edge laboratories and equipment.
- Wide range of career opportunities.
- Exchange programs provide opportunities for students to enhance their exposure and career development.
Q: Can I transfer from ECE to another program at HKUST?
We provide flexibility for students to transfer between programs according to their interest. Possibility will depend on the requirement or decision made by different departments.
Q: Is the workload heavy?
It depends on your time management skills. Nevertheless, you will learn how to strike a balance between your studies and extra-curricular activities in university. This kind of training is useful for you to handle your future career as well as your personal development.
Q: May I apply for financial assistance for my degree studies?
A: You can apply for the Government Financial Assistance or University Financial Assistance.
Q: What kind of career paths do ECE graduates have?
A wide variety of career paths are available to ECE graduates. Upon graduation, our graduates have taken positions in the industry as electronic engineers, communication engineers, system analysts and designers, information technologists, computer project managers and many other technical and managerial positions. A significant portion chooses to continue their study at the postgraduate level. Even graduates who choose not to pursue technical careers find that the engineering training they obtained at HKUST has given them a competitive advantage over their co-workers.
Q: What engineering and high-tech companies will take ECE graduates?
ASM, ASTRI, Fujitsu, Huawei, Hutchison, Lenovo, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, PCCW, Philips, Smartone, Solomon Systech, Varitronix, etc.
Q: What are the types of work, duties and promotion prospects?
A: Typical work and duties:
- Product development including hardware design and software integration.
- Monitor new technical development, enhance and maintain existing services.
- Solve technical problems and communicate problems with clients.
Typical promotion prospects:
- Assistant Engineer, Electronic Engineer, Senior Engineer, Manager.
Q: Is it true that most ECE jobs require people to work in the Mainland?
It is not exactly true but you might be required to travel to the Mainland occasionally to monitor the production and to solve technical problems, since most production lines are established in the Mainland.
JUPAS Admissions
Q: What is School-based Admission?
Starting in 2012, students with HKDSE attainments will be admitted to one of the 4 Schools (Engineering, Science, Business & Management and Humanities & Social Science). Prospective HKUST students only need to opt for the School they wish to join. In the first 2 to 3 semesters (1 to 1.5 years), they will take the compulsory University Core Curriculum Program and learn the fundamentals of the major programs of the School. The Schools will provide academic advice to help students explore their aptitude and interest before choosing their majors after 1 year.
Q: How many students are admitted to the School of Engineering through JUPAS every year?
A: 678 (subject to adjustment)
Q: Is there any special background knowledge required for me to join the ECE program?
Basically it would be fair enough if you satisfy entrance requirements of the Engineering School (i.e. has taken one of the following subjects: Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Combined Science / ICT). In fact, you will take some fundamental courses in your 1st year to strengthen your basic knowledge so you will be able to handle the advanced courses later on.
Q: Does the ECE program require a lot of Mathematics?
Mathematics is a useful tool to tackle engineering problems but having an analytical mind would be more important.
Q: How does university differ from high school?
- Course work demands time because of the intensive course materials.
- You have to learn how to work as a team because you may be required to do group projects.
- You have greater freedom to arrange your time and make decisions.
- You are responsible for all your actions and reactions.
- English is used as the medium of instruction in classes.
- You will have the chance to meet and mingle with Mainland and International students.
Q: What are the Admission Requirements?





Mathematics (compulsory module)

Liberal Studies

Elective 1

Elective 2

Specific Requirements

M1 / M2 can be accepted in place of an elective









One of:
Bio / Chem / Phy / Combined Sci / ICT

  • M1: Mathematics Extended Module 1 (Calculus & Statistics)
  • M2: Mathematics Extended Module 2 (Algebra & Calculus)
Q: What are the Subject Weightings?

School of Engineering

Score Calculation – No. of Subjects: 5

English Language

x 2

Mathematics (compulsory module)

x 2

(i) Best of Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics / Combined Science; or
(ii) Information and Communication Technology

(i) x 2, or
(ii) x 1

Best 2 other subjects:
any other subjects

x 1.5
x 1

  • Subjects listed above refer to Category A subjects unless otherwise specified.
  • Best other subjects may include Core subjects, Category A electives and M1/M2.
  • Score Scale: Level 5** = 7, Level 5*=6, Level 5=5, Level 4=4, Level 3=3, Level 2=2, Level 1 =1
  • Calculation of admissions scores for applicants with more than one sitting in HKDSE: once the minimum entry requirements have been met, the best results achieved in all sittings will be used for calculating admissions scores.
  • Students who fulfill requirements set out by EDB may use alternative Chinese (i.e. Grade E or above in a GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Chinese Language subject) or an HKDSE Other Language Subject (Grade E or above) to satisfy the University's Chinese Language requirement.
Q: Do I get an interview? When?
Yes. Students who show strong interest in engineering over other choices/areas (i.e. Band A choice) and reach our academic requirement will get an interview opportunity. Interviews with selected students taking HKDSE will be held in Nov. Another interview session will be held after the exams in late May.
If my HKDSE results do not meet the admission requirements, and I retake the exam in the next year, do I still have the chance for admission?
Yes, students can sit for HKDSE again and reapply with their new results. There is no penalty for students taking multiple attempts at HKDSE. The best results achieved in all sittings will be used for calculating admissions scores.

For those who do not choose to retake the exam but go to sub-degree programs (e.g. Associate Degree / Higher Diploma), they can apply through direct admission. Places for students with sub-degree qualifications have been reserved so students may consider this admission route as well.
Direct Admissions
Q: How long does it take for Associate Degree / Higher Diploma holders to graduate?
They are generally admitted directly into major programs (e.g. ECE program) as Year 2 students. There is a possibility of them being admitted directly to Year 3 depending on their no. of transferred credits (up to 60 credits). The exact number of credits to be transferred will be reviewed at the point of admission. Please visit the Credit Transfer website for details.
Q: When should I submit my application?
Generally, the early-round application closes on in mid Nov. For details, please refer to the information provided in the UG Admissions webpage.
Q: When will the interview be scheduled?
For Associate Degree / Higher Diploma students, selected candidates will be invited for interviews by the major departments. For ECE Dept, interviews will be held around Nov – Jan.
Q: What are the chances of getting into the ECE program after graduating from the sub-degree program?
If students achieve Credit or above in their sub-degree overall academic results, they stand a very good chance to be admitted into our program through Direct Entry Admission.
I accepted the conditional offer from the University and paid a deposit to reserve a place. However, after announcement of my examination results, I cannot meet the conditions of offer. Will the University refund the deposit to me?
The deposit paid will be refunded if an applicant failed to meet the conditions of offer. Otherwise, any deposit paid is non-refundable.
Q: When will I be notified the conditional offer?
A: A conditional offer will be sent out within 3 weeks after the interview.
Q: Can I accept the offer without paying the deposit?
You will be regarded as giving up the conditional offer if you do not accept the offer within two weeks. The released offer will be extended to another qualified applicant.
Q: Can I defer the payment of deposit?
You may apply for the deferment with a strong supportive reason. For details, please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office website.
Q: Will I still have a chance to be admitted if I was not selected for an interview or did not get a conditional offer?
As interviews are only part of the selection process, even if you are not invited, it does not mean that you are not considered for admissions. Your application is still considered if you achieve Credit or above in your higher diploma or associate degree program.
Q: Where can I get the application materials?
A: Please apply online through the UG Admissions website.
Q: What should I do if my examination results are not available at the time of application?
A: You should apply for admission to the University before the deadline. Results not yet available at the time of application may be submitted online to the University once they are available.