Teaching & Learning

Research Degree Programmes

The College has a strong international reputation in research providing a wide range of quality education programmes. 

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Research expertise of the Department mainly focuses on Built Environment:

  1. Civil, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering: computational mechanics; engineering mechanics; nano-mechanics; composite structures; wind engineering; hydrology; environmental engineering; seismic response and disasters; structural integrity and diagnosis; construction materials; tunnelling; geotechnics and geology; infra-structural engineering; transportation; pedestrian flow; construction engineering management.
  2. Architecture and Architectural Engineering: building systems and facilities management; energy, natural and artificial lighting; thermal comfort, indoor and regional air quality; building sustainability; fire safety engineering, evacuation; building information modelling; building contracts and laws; disputes and resolutions; real estate development, construction and land economy; architectural design, history, theory, ecology and technology; urbanism, urban design and planning; landscape architecture.
Research Degree Coordinator

Professor K M Liew
T: 3442-6581
F: 3442-0427
Email: kmliew@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research areas of the Department include:

  1. Biomedical Imaging and Bioinstrumentation: advanced biophotonics and novel imaging systems, image analysis and image-guided interventions, bioinstrumentation for imaging, disease diagnosis, and therapeutics.
  2. Cell and Tissue Engineering: micro/nanotechnology for cellular engineering, biomaterial design and engineering for regenerative medicine, biomechanics and mechanobiology.
  3. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Biomedical Applications: bio/medical robotics and control systems, artificial intelligence for biomedical applications.
  4. Biosensors and Health Informatics: biosensor and largescale biomedical data, machine learning facilitated biomedical clouds/service.
Research Degree Coordinator

Dr Peng Shi
T: 3442-9529
F: 3442-0172
Email: pengshi@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Computer Science

Research focus and expertise of the Department include:

  1. Multimedia Computing: computer vision; computer graphics; music, speech and language processing; games and virtual environments; augmented / mixed reality; medical imaging; image processing; image and video coding; 3D human motion capture, analysis and animation; perception, neuroscience and brain informatics; multimedia analytics; multimedia information retrieval; multimedia sensing and wearable computing; social media and mobile media.
  2. Distributed Mobile Computing and Wireless Networking: information security; cloud computing; Internet of Things (IoT); mobile computing; distributed algorithms and systems; internetworking; wireless networks; WDM optical networks.
  3. Applied Algorithms: bioinformatics; data and internet security; equilibrium algorithms; scheduling; applied cryptography.
  4. Data Science and Knowledge Management: data science techniques; big data analytics; machine learning; artificial intelligence; database; optimization; text mining; information retrieval; semantic object modeling; (Web) data mining and warehousing; mobile / multimedia data indexing and caching; XML and interoperability; workflow and web services.
  5. Systems, Software Engineering and Internet Applications: embedded system; parallel architecture; real-time systems; software engineering; e-commerce; e-learning; innovative technology for education.
  6. Evolutionary Computation: multiobjective evolutionary computation; swarm intelligence; synergy between machine learning, traditional optimization and evolutionary computation; multi-agent evolutionary optimization.
Research Degree Coordinator

Professor Sam Kwong
T: 3442-8580
F: 3442-0503
Email: cssamk@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Electrical Engineering

The Department offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas which include:

  1. Applied Electromagnetics: antenna theory and design; millimetre-wave devices and circuits; terahertz science and technology; computational electromagnetics; and electromagnetic compatibility.
  2. Optoelectronics, Electronics, Nanotechnology and Biosystems: fiber and integrated optics; plasmonics/metasurfaces; semiconductor lasers; nanophotonics; nanomaterials; nanofabrication; micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS); biomedical sensors and microsystems; neural implants and prosthesis; holography; power electronics; smart grids; electronic product reliability; and computational neurosciences.
  3. Wireless Communications: wireless communications; wireless sensor networks; information theory; coding theory and techniques; signal processing theory and methods; visible light communications; and data storage systems.
  4. Networking: optical networks; wireless networks; computer networks; neural networks; queueing theory; performance evaluation; and network security and cryptography.
  5. Computer Engineering and Control Systems: intelligent and networked control; complex networks; artificial intelligence; machine learning; nonlinear circuits and systems; signal processing; pattern recognition; biomedical imaging; computer graphics and vision; cloud computing; computer architecture; embedded systems; and evolutionary computing.
Research Degree Coordinator

Dr Joshua Lee
T: 3442-9897
F: 3442-0562
Email: joshulee@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department has state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization facilities for wide range of research areas related to materials science and engineering. The faculty members of the Department carry out both fundamental and applied research under the framework of:

  1. Biomaterials: biophotonics, biomedical materials and devices.
  2. Computational Materials.
  3. Functional Materials: materials physics, nanomaterials, organic light-emitting diode, photovoltaic materials, magnetic materials and spintronics, materials for renewable energy, plasma science and processing, sensing and detection, optical spectroscopy, photonics, optoelectronics.
  4. Structural Materials: phase transformations, SMT solder joints, creep and life assessment, in-service behaviour of materials, stress analysis, electron microscopy, structural materials design, surface science and engineering, thin films and coatings, metals and alloys, plastics and composites, shape memory alloys, and electrical ceramics. 
Research Degree Coordinator

Dr Roy Vellaisamy
T: 3442-2729
F: 3442-0892
Email: rvellais@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Key research areas of the Department include:

  1. Mechanical Engineering: mechanical design; rapid prototyping; flexible assembly systems; solid mechanics; fluid mechanics; physical metallurgy & material forming; experimental mechanics; tribology; surface engineering & thin films; structural materials; neural-controlled robots; micro/bio/nano robotics; mobile/flying robots; industrial robots; intelligent control; remote sensing & control; intelligent sensor networks; Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); automatic materials handling; automation for entertainment & healthcare; machine vision.
  2. Nuclear and Risk Engineering: nuclear safety; nuclear power management; nuclear materials; nuclear medicine; risk assessment and management; emergency management.
Research Degree Coordinator

Professor Yong Yang
T: 3442-9394
F: 3442-0172
Email: yonyang@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

The Department carries out research in a number of multidisciplinary areas: 

  1. Systems Engineering: reliability engineering, risk Analysis, system informatics, data mining, operation research, decision sciences, green manufacturing systems, logistics and supply chain management, human factors engineering.
  2. Engineering Management: innovation and entrepreneurship, project management, production and operations management, knowledge management, quality engineering and management, engineering asset management.
Research Degree Coordinator

Professor Min Xie
T: 3442-9596
F: 3442-0173
Email: minxie@cityu.edu.hk

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Minimum Entrance Requirements

1. Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

  • hold a relevant Bachelor's Degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university.

2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • hold a higher research degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
  • hold a Master's Degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
  • hold a Bachelor's Degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
  • be a current MPhil student in the University who is seeking transfer to a PhD programme.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) / 79 (internet-based) / 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores); or
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 6.5; or
  • CET-6: a minimum score of 490 may be accepted; or
  • Other equivalent English proficiency qualifications.

Financial Awards

Financial awards such as Postgraduate Studentship and Research Tuition Scholarship are available for eligible research students. For details, please contact Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.