Postgraduate Admissions

The Department offers postgraduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Full-time and part-time options are available for both MPhil and PhD degrees. The normal study load for full-time MPhil/PhD students is 10 credits per regular term whereas the maximum study load for those in part-time mode is 8 credits per term. We also offer a number of self-financing Master of Science (MSc) programs.

Those interested please visit the Programs Section for the list of available programs.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong.

Eligible applicants are those seeking admission as new full-time PhD research candidates in Government-funded institutions in Hong Kong irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, and good research ability and potential.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years.

For more details, please visit:

the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme webpage of RGC.
the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme webpage of HKUST

Since 2010, 73 PhD students in our department are admitted through this award scheme.  Their views and experience on HKPFS and HKUST can be found in the section of Students' Sharing.

Career Prospect
Our postgraduates have excellent opportunities to take up senior 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.

Organizations that have employed our postgraduates include world-class local and overseas companies and institutions, such as ASTRI (HK), China Motion Telecom (HK), Ericsson (China), Fujitsu (HK), HKUST (HK), IBM (USA), Intel Corporation (USA), Motorola Semiconductors (HK), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore (Singapore), Tsinghua University (China), University of Arizona (USA), University of Manchester (UK), and University of Texas at Dallas (USA).

Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to the MPhil or PhD program are required to have completed, by the time they enter HKUST, a Bachelor's degree in Electronic and/or Computer Engineering or a related science or engineering field with high honors.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for non-local applicants whose primary language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English.

Admission to the postgraduate program will be based on the applicants' academic record and research potential. Applicants are advised to submit:

a one-page statement of the plan for postgraduate study;
previous project reports and publications (if any)

Originals of qualification documents (e.g. transcripts) and other supporting documents should be submitted directly to the Postgraduate Outreach and Admissions Unit for verification and records.

Application Procedures
Application details for the Postgraduate Studies can be found in the webpage of Office of Postgraduate Studies. Application closing date for admission to MPhil and PhD programs in academic year 2018-19 is 1 May 2018.

Application result will be announced via the online Application System within 3-4 months upon the application closing date.

Letter of admission offer will be issued to the selected applicants. To secure the offer, applicants are requested to indicate the acceptance and settle the required deposit of HK$5,000 by the stipulated deadline.

Postgraduate Studentship will be offered to full-time MPhil and PhD students subject to the discretion of the Department.

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Admission-related Enquiries
Frequently Asked Questions

For PG admissions to HKUST, please contact the Postgraduate Outreach and Admissions Team (PGOA)
Tel: (852) 2623 1120
Email:  gradmit
For MPhil & PhD programs, please contact our Department at:
Tel: (852) 2358 7036 / 2358 7038
Email: eequestions
For self-financing MSc programs, please contact the Program Office at:
Tel: (852) 2358 6959 / 2358 6966
Email: mscicde / msctelc / msceleg

"The world-class professors and open research environment in HKUST are the main reasons why I chose to pursue my MPhil degree here...."

YEUNG Chi Ho, Leo
MPhil (ELEC) 2011
Worked as a Consulting Intern in Microsoft
Joined an overseas internship exchange prorgram in Paris

HKUST Information Session - MPhil and PhD Studies
PG Prospectus