Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Award Title
Doctor of Philosophy
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Mode of Study

Credit Units Required for Graduation

14 and SG8001

Programme Aims

The programme aims to train and produce independent researchers with state-of-the-art expertise who can create original knowledge through innovative research.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

1. achieve general intellectual proficiency and specialization in their chosen subject areas;
2. apply appropriate research methodology/tools to conduct independent research;
3. formulate and derive effective, innovative and original solutions to fundamental problems in their chosen subject areas;
4. communicate effectively with the learned community about the research process and findings;
5. create new knowledge through in-depth investigation of the chosen subject areas.

Programme Requirements

Research Area(s) in which research students will be admitted to:

Applied Mathematics; Electronic Engineering; Environmental Science, Energy and Built Environment; Life Sciences (Biomedical Science, Molecular Science) and Biomedical Engineering; Materials Science and Applied Physics; or Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing
Programme Core Courses: (5 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
MBE8009Research Methodology2
MBE8002MResearch Seminar2for MBE PhD students under the Mainland Collaboration Schemes only
MBE8010Advanced Research Topics3
MBE8007Research and Development Case Study3for MBE PhD students under joint PhD programmes
MBE8007MResearch and Development Case Study3for MBE PhD students under the Mainland Collaboration Schemes only

Programme Electives: (9 credits)

Please refer to the updated list of approved courses for research students posted in the SGS website.

Other Requirement (not counted towards the University coursework requirement)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
SG8001Teaching Students: First Steps1

Qualifying/Annual Report Submission:

Students are required to submit qualifying report and annual report in compliance to the regulations or guidelines as set by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Such regulations and guidelines are accessible via the guidebook located at SGS website.


Each student is required to submit a well written thesis to complete the PhD programme of studies.

The thesis must be a scholarly piece of work that can adequately demonstrate the student’s:
1) competence in the application of research methodology and tools to undertake an independent scientific enquiry;
2) in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen research area; and
3) contribution to the creation of new knowledge in the chosen research area.

In addition, the thesis should also exhibit more than one of the following characteristics:
4) displays a high level of critical understanding and intellectual accomplishment of the chosen research area
5) makes substantial academic contribution to knowledge
6) makes substantial innovative contribution to professional practices
7) publishable in the mainstream research or professional journals

The submitted thesis will be examined by a panel of examiners.