Programme Aims and Objectives
The programme provides an opportunity for applied scientists and engineers to pursue an in-depth study in various aspects of materials engineering and nanotechnology. Courses in this programme may also be used to fulfil the "top-up courses" requirement for joining the Materials Discipline of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
Designed to benefit students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the programme aims to enable students to:
Have extensive knowledge of and possess analytical ability in the field of materials engineering and nanotechnology;
Have the ability to apply the knowledge of materials engineering and nanotechnology to generate creative ethical solutions in the working environment;
Be capable of communicating effectively in materials related professions;
Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
Identify, formulate, solve engineering problems and generate new ideas in materials engineering and nanotechnology; and
Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following programme specific entrance requirement:
Have a degree in a relevant physical science or engineering disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Civil / Electrical / Electronics / Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science / Technology and Building, or equivalent.
Persons with the following qualifications may also apply:
A graduate member or a non-member qualified for graduate membership of a relevant professional institution, for example, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), member institutions of the Engineering Council (UK) and other relevant recognized professional institutions.
Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland; or
Other equivalent qualifications.
General Entrance Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the following University general entrance requirements, as set out below, and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.
Applicants for admission to the University’s Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Taught Master’s Degree programmes must:
Hold a bachelor’s degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from an overseas institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.
Note: Final year undergraduate students who will acquire the requisite academic qualification before the commencement of the programme may apply for admission.
Students must complete 3 required courses (9 credit units) and 21 credit units of elective courses.
Instrumentation for Materials Characterization
Structure and Deformation of Materials
Thermodynamic of Materials
Advanced Technology in Biomedical Devices
Biomedical Materials and Devices
Computational Methods for Materials Science
Corrosion and Surface Engineering
Electronic Packaging and Materials
Forensic Engineering and Case Studies
Materials Design for Energy Applications
Nanotechnology for Biological and Medical Applications
Photonics in Nanomaterial Systems and Devices
Polymers and composites and nano-applications
Quantum Theory of Semiconductors
Smart and Functional Materials for Advanced Students
Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings
For PGD award, students are required to complete three required courses and five electives from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For the PGC award, students are required to complete three required courses and one elective from the Department. For Certificate of Completion, students have to complete all coursework, pass all examinations and with an attendance rate of at least 75% in a course offered by the Department. For the Certificate of Attendance, students have to achieve an attendance rate of at least 75% in a course offered by the Department.
Students who graduated from this programme and fulfilling the requirements of HKIE are eligible for the Graduate Basis of Registration.
Did You Know?
This is the only programme of its kind in Hong Kong.
Graduates from this programme have been successful to become PhD students at CityU, or other universities in and outside Hong Kong.
Graduates from this programme have good career opportunities in nanotechnology-related jobs in and outside Hong Kong.
Our faculty members are leading material scientists with excellent research and publication records in world-renowned journals.
The "Advanced Research" elective course enables qualified students to contact world-class research with our staff and research students; this gives the student valuable research experience and opportunities to publish research papers.
The department has access to sophisticated instruments for materials engineering and nanotechnology research.
Year of Entry: 2021
Application Deadline: Application will begin on 17 November 2020.
Mode Of Study: Combined †
Mode of Funding: Non-government-funded
Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Indicative Intake Target: 70
Minimum Number of Credits Required: 30
Class Schedule: Daytime and evening sessions
Normal Study Period:
Full-time: 1 year (2 semesters)
Part-time: 2 years (4 semesters)
Maximum Study Period:
Full-time: 2.5 years
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Mode of Processing:
Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.