Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear and Risk Engineering (BEngNRE) 工學士 (核子及風險工程)


Why Is This Major Needed?

This major is a unique undergraduate programme in Hong Kong, aiming at meeting the current manpower requirements and also future economic challenges of Hong Kong. Students of this major will be trained in multi-disciplinary topics related to nuclear engineering and risk engineering. The major will concentrate on five related focus areas which are nuclear engineering, nuclear medicine and medical radiation, materials engineering, risk engineering, and crisis management. These five focus areas are in general aligned with three of the six industries of Hong Kong, namely testing and certification services, medical services, and environmental industries, which have been identified by the Hong Kong SAR Government as having clear advantages for further development. The following are some of the reasons why this major is needed:

  • Rapid development in nuclear energy in mainland China, especially in regions near Hong Kong, would require many well-trained nuclear engineers in foreseeable future.
  • The increasing use of radiation technology for medical treatments and diagnoses for the aging population means that there is a growing demand for medical radiation professionals.
  • Risk engineering is not only essential to the nuclear industry but also to many big corporations and engineering systems. Many companies have now recognized the importance of assessing and managing risks to ensure the smooth running of their businesses. Risk professionals are highly sought-after.
  • Disaster or crisis management involves dealing with threats after they have occurred. Several well-known disasters and product recall, such as the lead-in-drinking-water crisis in Hong Kong, Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and major vehicle recalls by Toyota due to out-of-control gas pedals, have highlighted the importance of crisis management for reducing the adverse impacts on businesses and governments. Many petrochemical companies, public utility companies, banks and big corporations do employ crisis management professionals to protect their businesses from potential crises.

JUPAS code: JS1207 MNE

Objectives Of The Major

The major aim is to equip students with multi-disciplinary knowledge in nuclear engineering and risk engineering. Besides teaching discipline-related technical knowledge, we will also help students develop their problem-solving skills so that they can analyze and solve a broad spectrum of engineering problems. The students will gain a sound foundation in the relevant disciplines through practical hands-on projects and extensive exposure to real-life scenarios through industrial placements and overseas exchange arrangements with a view to attaining the dynamic levels and standards required by the highly competitive markets such as Hong Kong and mainland China.

Career Prospects

As this major is multi-disciplinary in nature, job prospect is promising. After graduation, students can choose to work in many related professions or industrial sectors, such as power generation industry, materials engineering for large corporations, testing and certification services, medical radiation-related fields in hospitals and diagnostic centers, radiation protection and environmental protection in government departments and private consultancy firms, product research and development in nuclear radiation equipment companies, risk assessment in the financial sector, and also disaster management for the Government, public utility companies and big corporations.

Entrance and Admission


To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements, with at least one elective subject in Physics, Combined Science, M1/M2, Design and Applied Technology or Chemistry for HKDSE students.

JUPAS HKDSE students will apply for admission to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (JS1207). They will enter a major after the first year of study. During their first year, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE), College of Engineering and Home Department specified courses. The top 40% of students [based on (i) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B; (ii) no failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; (iii) completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the required courses specified by the College of Engineering & Home Department; and (iv) no academic dishonesty record for the year] will have free choice of the majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major of their choice, subject to the availability of places and the CGPA.

Please refer to the Admissions Office’s website for the calculation of the admission score at

Alternative Routes

Direct/non-JUPAS applications are expected to have, or going to have the qualifications of, Associate Degrees or Higher Diplomas with high grades or credit awards in engineering-related disciplines.

Qualified applicants may be invited for interviews and considered for admission based on their performance in the following areas:

  • Academic performance
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Community/school services
  • Communication skills
  • Recommendation


The curriculum has been categorized into eight main programme building blocks:

  • General Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nuclear Medicine and Medical Radiation
  • Materials Engineering
  • Risk Engineering
  • Crisis Management
  • Integrative Project
  • Language and Out-of-Discipline Studies

Innovative teaching approaches will be adopted in the delivery of the curriculum in order to integrate theories with industrial practices. Problem-solving activities, experience-based learning, integrative workshops, industrial attachment, co-operative education, and industry-based projects are typical means to help achieve the goals.

This major requires a total of 120 credit units. Applicants with Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualifications may be admitted with Advanced Standing I or II.


This major has been granted full accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a signatory member of the Washington Accord under which all members agree to recognise each other’s accredited Engineering degree programmes.


Government Funded Programmes

Latest information on tuition fees is available at the website of the Academic Regulations and Records Office.

Inquiry: 3442-8419 (Ms. May Kan)


Prof. KAI, Ji-Jung


This major is hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MNE), in conjunction with the Departments of Advanced Design and Systems Engineering (ADSE), Architectural and Civil Engineering (ACE), Chemistry (CHEM), and Physics (PHY).



Last modified on 15 Aug, 2022