MPhil in Electronic and Computer Engineering (Nanotechnology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Description

MPhil in Electronic and Computer Engineering (Nanotechnology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

electronic eng

Power ahead and make your postgraduate studies really count in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. The recent evolution of Electronic and Computer Engineering has been developed into a wide-ranging discipline covering technologies critical to the growth of the knowledge economy.

Networking, wireless communications, multimedia signal processing, microelectronics, microprocessors, IC design, optoelectronics, display technologies, and control and robotics all fall into this exciting discipline. Advanced training in these fields opens up a wealth of career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, business sector, government, and universities worldwide.

The Department's goal is to prepare students to become leading academics, top quality engineers or product managers in the ever-changing high-technology world.

The MPhil program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in research and development in industry or academia and is an excellent preparation for a Ph.D. degree. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully research and defend a thesis.

Research Foci

The Department's research concentrates on six pillar areas:

Solid-State Electronics and Photonics

Topics related to Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Large Area Electronics, Power and Energy-Efficient Electronic Devices, High-Speed Electronics, Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Fabrication Technology, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Displays, Optoelectronics, Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), Solid-State Lighting, Liquid-Crystal Displays, Liquid-Crystal Photonics, Silicon Photonics, Optical Communications and Interconnects, Solar Cells, Epitaxy of Compound Semiconductors by MOCVD.

Integrated Circuits and Systems

Topics related to Digital, Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits (IC) Design, VLSI Design, Embedded Systems, Network-on-Chip and Multiprocessor System-on-Chip, Circuit and System Simulation and Verification Tools. Advanced topics include RF and mm-Wave IC and Systems, Data Converters, Power Management IC, High-Speed Optical Communication Transceiver, Image and Bio-Medical Sensors, Signal Processing and System Architectures, Design Automation, Computer Architecture, Reconfigurable System and Hardware/Software Codesign.

Wireless Communications and Networking

Topics related to Physical Layer, Signal Processing, Coding and Information Theory, Networking as well as New Architecture for Next Generation 5G Wireless Communications, Massive MIMO and Cloud Radio Access Networks, Interference Management, Heterogeneous Networks, Green Communications, Tactile Wireless Systems For Machine Type (MTC), Device-To-Device (D2D) and Multimedia Communications, Integration of Control and Wireless Communication Theory, Display-Smart Mobile Communications And Interactions, Network Coding Theory and Applications, Cross-Layer Stochastic Optimization, Distributed Algorithms and Optimisations, Big Data Systems, Social Media and Cyber-Physical and Social Computing Systems, Self-Organising Networks, Cloud Computing and Virtualisation.

Biomedical Engineering

Topics related to Medical Imaging, Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics, Neuroengineering, Medical Electronics, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology and Biomedical Microdevices and BioMEMS.

Control and Robotic Systems

Topics related to Control and Optimization (including System Theory, Optimization Theory, Detection and Estimation, Financial Systems, Networked Sensing, and Control), Robotics and Automation (including UAV, Next-Generation Industry Robots, Medical/Healthcare Robotics, and Autonomous Systems).

Signal, Information and Multimedia Processing

Topics related to Digital Signal Processing of Video, 3D, Image, Graphics, Audio, Speech, Language, Biomedical Data, Financial Data, and Network Data. Specific topics include Signal Capture, Conditioning, Compression, Transformation, Playback and Visualization, Data Analysis, Information Theory, Error Correction, Cryptography, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Language Understanding, Translation, Summarization, Retrieval, Multi-Lingual and Multi-Modal Processing, and Embedded Systems.


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.

Given the above developments, the School of Engineering has introduced the Nanotechnology Concentration in different disciplines including Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. This allows students to enroll in a particular discipline and pursue a focused-study in a specific area of Nanotechnology or Nanoscience.


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:

The next application will start in early September of 2018. For details, please visit here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 7, 2018
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