MPhil in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Nanotechnology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Description

MPhil in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Nanotechnology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Working at the cutting edge of the field with top international scientists, our postgraduate programs seek to ensure that each student:

  • attains an in-depth understanding of fundamental yet advanced chemical engineering topics;
  • exercises intellectual curiosity in probing chemical engineering subjects at the frontiers of chemical engineering;
  • develops skills to pursue new knowledge, both basic and applied, independently; and
  • engages in pioneering research in this and related disciplines.

The Department emphasizes both academic excellence and industrial relevance and, wherever possible, programs are set in the context of local industry needs and explore the potential of creating demand for new technologies.

The MPhil program aims to strengthen students’ fundamental knowledge of Chemical Engineering, with specialization in the areas of chemical processing, materials, environment, energy, and bioengineering. Students will be exposed to relevant issues involved in the scientific research, technology development and commercial applications in the field. Those on the program are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a thesis to demonstrate competence in research.

Research Foci

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into four major areas:

Advanced Materials

Nanomaterials, zeolites, novel polymers, polymer composites, polymer interfaces, and surfaces as well as polymer/ceramic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process.

Bioprocess Engineering

Environmental biotechnology, Chinese traditional medicine (novel extraction, drying, packaging), biosensors (applications to wastewater treatment, gene chips), food industries (batch processing), mathematical modeling/simulation, and process control. Research activities are supported by HKUST’s Biotechnology Research Institute.

Environmental Engineering

Air pollution formation and abatement, aerosols, deodorization of indoor air, catalytic and advanced oxidation, electrocoagulation and electrooxidation, advanced methods for wastewater treatment, hazardous wastes and micro-contamination, waste minimization and cleaner technologies.

Product and Process Design

Chemical processes, biochemical processes, environmental fate and transport, and surface phenomena and effects. The design of high value-added products, such as fuel cells, food additives, pharmaceuticals, is also an active research area.

Nanotechnology Concentration

Nanoscience and technology have become one of the most visible and fast growing multidisciplinary research areas. Nanoscience and technology research, ranging from nanostructured-materials to nanoelectronics, covers diverse areas in many disciplines, such as medicine and healthcare, aeronautics and space, environmental studies and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, national security and education. A joint postgraduate program in Nanoscience and Technology, initiated by the Schools of Science and Engineering, can offer long-term support to our ongoing research and training as well as to the development of technology and to commercialization efforts. Because of the diverse, multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology, its research and training can be best integrated into different disciplines. The aim of the concentration is to equip students with the necessary knowledge in the areas on which they wish to focus on.

Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:

  • TOEFL-iBT 80
  • TOEFL-PBT 550
  • TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module)
    • For 2019/20 Admissions: Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-scores: 5.5
    • For 2018/19 Admissions: Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.

Application Deadline

For 2019/20 Fall Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 May 2019
Part-time: 1 May 2019

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Jun 2019
Part-time: 1 Jun 2019

For 2018/19 Spring Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Nov 2018
Part-time: 1 Nov 2018

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Dec 2018
Part-time: 15 Dec 2018

* Applicants who need a student visa/ entry permit to study in Hong Kong, are considered as Non-Local Students. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 20, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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2 - 4 years
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Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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