Degrees of PhD and MPhil by Research
Advanced Design and Systems Engineering (ADSE) Department has many world-leading faculties in their respective research areas. ADSE Department carries out research in a number of multidisciplinary areas. Research in department includes Manufacturing systems, Operations management, Industrial statistics, Reliability Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain, Human Factors Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Quality Management, Engineering Asset Management, etc. Students graduated or graduating with bachelor or master degree with good academic records and experience are welcome to apply. The admission is on a competitive basis taking into consideration of academic record, research experience and other qualifications.
Full-time and part-time options are available for the research degrees. The part-time option is intended for students who are working full-time in local industry or as a research assistant in the Department.
Financial AwardsFinancial awards such as Postgraduate Studentships, Research Tuition Scholarship, Conference Grant, Research Activities Fund and Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships are available for eligible research degree students. Priority will be given to those admitted as government-funded PhD students. Please refer to Section #5 of the admission handbook for details.
Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university;
- hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university;
- hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
- be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD Candidature.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements as follows:
- a minimum TOEFL total score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test); or 59 (revised Paper-delivered test); or
- a minimum overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
- other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test); or 59 (revised Paper-delivered test).
TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the test date and must be valid at the time of submission of application.
The following three types of tests are not accepted for admission.
- TOEFL Special Home Edition & Home Edition
- IELTS Indicator
- Duolingo English Test
College English Test (CET) is NOT accepted as equivalent English proficiency test for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). For applicants with strong academic and research potential who have only taken CET-6, special consideration may be made on a case-by-case basis during normal round admission.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
HK PhD Fellowship is a prestigious award established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR Government, aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their research degree programs in Hong Kong's institutions. Students graduated or graduating with bachelor or master degree with good academic records and experience are welcome to apply.
The Fellowship awardee will receive:
- a monthly stipend of HK$26,600 (~US$3,410)
- conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (~US$1,705) per year for a maximum of three years
- "CYCSGS Entrance Scholarships" (around HK$81,096, ~US $10,396) which covers student's tuition and on-campus hostel accommodation fees in the 1st year of research studies.
IMPORTANT: Candidates should submit initial application as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit application to CityU.Selection Criteria
While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but not limit to, the following yardsticks for the selection of candidates:
- Academic excellence;
- Research ability and potential;
- Cultural diversity;
- Communication, and interpersonal skills;
- Leadership abilities; and
- Institutional support.
Normal Round Application
For application procedures and details, please refer to Postgraduate Admissions.
1) Coursework Plan
To be eligible to be awarded a MPhil/PhD degree, students are required to complete the following coursework requirements and to submit a thesis.
MPhil: 7 credit units (including at least 2 credit units of research methodology and ethics course at postgraduate level);
PhD: 16 credit units (including at least 9 credit units of core courses and at least 4 credit units of research methodology and ethics course at postgraduate level)
1 credit unit compulsory course: Teaching Students: First Steps (SG8001). Individual students with insufficient English proficiency may be required to take a 1 credit unit course English as Medium for Instruction (SG8002) before they are allowed to enroll into SG8001. The credit unit earned from SG8001 will not be counted towards the minimum coursework requirement.
2) Credit Transfer and Exemption
Students who possess postgraduate qualifications of relevance to their research studies may apply for credit transfer or coursework exemption. At least half the coursework (4 credit units for MPhil and 7 for PhD) should be taken at CityU or other local institutions recognized under the Cross-institutional Course Enrolment Scheme.
Credit transfer/coursework exemption should be limited to a maximum of 3 credit units for MPhil and 7 for PhD. Recommendations on credit transfer/coursework exemption require the approval of the Department Head.
3) Cross-departmental Course Registration
Students who wish to take courses offered by Departments/Schools outside their host School should obtain approval from the offering Department/School before submitting the Form SGS16A/SGS16B to their host School for endorsement and approval.
A list of approved courses and the syllabuses are available for reference on the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website.
Scholarships and Funding
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships (Applicable to government-funded students only)
CityU offers Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships to encourage outstanding international students to undertake MPhil or PhD studies at the University with a view to promoting academic exchange and enhancing the international mix of the University’s student population.
The Scholarship covers students’ tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in their first year of their research studies (equivalent to approximately HK$81,096 (~US$10,396)). If granted a Scholarship, the above-mentioned expenses will be off-set by the award.
Tuition Waiver for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students
The University Grants Committee (UGC) has introduced a ‘Tuition Waiver Scheme’ (‘The Scheme’) for all local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded Research Postgraduate (RPg) programmes in local institutions, to cover their tuition fees with effect from the academic year 2018-19 (i.e. from July 1, 2018).
This Scheme provides non-means-tested funding to all current and new local students from all disciplines of study enrolled in full-time UGC-funded RPg programmes. Eligible students do not need to apply for the Scheme.
For more information of Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students, please refer to UGC web page
For full list of scholarships and financial aid, please visit Postgraduate Admissions.
The following are the fees (rates for 2018-2019) for MPhil/PhD programmes. Please note that fees are subject to revision from time to time without prior notification, and any adjustments to fees will apply to both new and current students.
Mode of Study
|Government-funded students||HK$ 3,508 per month||HK$ 1,754 per month||Non-refundable; applicable to students within their stipulated study period|
|Self-financing students||HK$ 7,016 per month||HK$ 3,508 per month||Non-refundable; applicable to students within their stipulated study period|
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application to our university, though it is not compulsory.
Professor Min XIE
MSc(KTH, Sweden), LicTech(Linkoping), PhD(Linkoping, Sweden)
Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering & PhD/MPhil Research Degree Coordinator (SEEM)
Tel: 3442 9596
Fax: 3442 0173
Ms. Joana LI
Tel: 3442 2171
Last modified on 4 May, 2021