Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

As the unique programme in the field of materials science and engineering in Hong Kong, 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 can also be used to fulfill the "top up courses" requirement for joining the Materials Discipline of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

Programme Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Award Title Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Offering Academic Unit Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Mode of Study Combined mode
Programme Leader Dr. LEI Dangyuan

Programme Aims and Features

Designed to benefit students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the programme aims to enable students to acquire:

  • a thorough understanding of the behaviour of materials under stress, the various mechanisms of environmental degradation of materials and the knowledge of various techniques of analysing and testing materials;
  • a well-developed understanding of how to manage the selection for the most appropriate material for a particular application, taking into account factors such as economics, functional requirements, environment, processability, reliability, etc;
  • the skills to manage the determination process for the cause of failure engineering components, and to provide suitable strategies to prevent future failure; and
  • the skills to design and fabricate new, novel and high performance nanostructured materials.

Research Opportunity

Students with suitable background can take the “Advanced Research” course (12 credit units), and have the opportunity to conduct world-class research using our sophisticated instruments.

Assessment and Progression

The assessment system consists of a combination of assessments in course work and written examination. The assessment criteria vary according to the different components of a course but students are provided with as many opportunities as possible to demonstrate their competence.
Course work consists of student performance in written assignments, tutorials, projects and laboratories. Formal written examination(s) are normally held at the end of each semester.

What kinds of impact can you make after graduation?

Graduates from this programme have been successful in developing their careers related to materials science and engineering. They have made significant contribution in industry and business sectors.

Professional Career Prospects:

  • Materials Engineers
  • Quality Control Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Research & Development Engineers
  • Engineering Sales Managers for high-ended equipment and sophisticated materials
  • Specialists in Electronics, Plastics, Metals, Ceramics and Construction Industries

Programme Structure

For student of 2019-20 Cohort
For student of 2020-21 Cohort
For student of 2021-22 Cohort and 2022-23 Cohort
For student of 2023-24 Cohort and Thereafter (subject to approval)

1. Programme Core Courses: (9 credits)
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Course Offering in 2023/24 Semester
MSE5301 Instrumentation for Materials Characterization 3 A
MSE5303 Structure and Deformation of Materials 3 A
MSE6265 Quantum Theory of Semiconductors 3 B
2. Programme Electives: (21 credits)
MSE5304 Thermodynamics of Materials 3 B
MSE6121 Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings 3 A
MSE6176 Nanomaterials Design for Energy Applications 3 A
MSE6182 Polymers and composites and nano-applications 3 A
MSE6183 Computational Methods for Materials Science 3 B
MSE6184 Biomedical Materials and Devices with Nano-applications 3 A
MSE6185 Advanced Structural Materials 3 B
MSE6303 Corrosion and Surface Engineering 3 B
MSE6305 Forensic Engineering and Case Studies 3 B
MSE6306 Dissertation 6 Normally A and B
MSE6309 Advanced Research 12 Normally A and B
MSE8015 Theory and Practice of TEM & Related Spectroscopy 6 B
The course syllabus is subject to change

3. Additional Notes:

Intermediate and other awards:

Postgraduate Diploma in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology (24 CUs)
Postgraduate Certificate in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology (12 CUs)

For the Postgraduate Diploma award, students are required to complete the three required courses (9 CUs) and 15 CUs electives to make up the total of 24 CUs.
Entrance requirement: same as Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

For the Postgraduate Certificate award, students are required to complete the three required courses (9 CUs) and 3 CUs electives to make up the total of 12 CUs.
Entrance requirement: same as Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology


To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements, and you should normally have a degree in a relevant physical science or engineering discipline. For further details of admission requirements and application procedures, Click here for more information.


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