MSc Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Daytime and evening sessions

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year (2 semesters);
Part-time: 2 years (4 semesters)

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof WU Lawrence Chi Man
BSc(Eng) PhD University of Bristol, UK; PgDMS University of West of England, UK; Fellow, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
General Enquiries
+852 3442 2985
Programme Aims and Objectives

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 fulfil the "top up courses" requirement for joining the Materials Discipline of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

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.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following programme specific entrance requirement:

  • have a degree in a relevant physical science or engineering discipline such as Physics, Chemistry, Civil / Electrical / Electronic / Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science / Technology and Building, or equivalent.

Persons with the following qualifications may also apply:

  • a graduate member or a non-member qualified for graduate membership of a relevant professional institution, for example, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), member institutions of the Engineering Council (UK) and other relevant recognized professional institutions.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.
Course Description

Students must complete 3 required courses (9 credit units) and 21 credit units of elective courses.

Required courses:

  • Instrumentation for Material Characterization
  • Thermodynamic of Materials
  • Structure and Deformation of Materials

Electives courses:

  • Advanced Research
  • Advanced Technology in Biomedical Devices
  • Biomedical Materials and Devices
  • Biomedical Materials and Devices: From Engineering to Clinical Applications
  • Building Materials
  • Composite Materials – with An Introduction to Nanocomposites
  • Computational Methods for Materials Science
  • Corrosion and Surface Engineering
  • Dissertation
  • Electronic Packaging and Materials
  • Forensic Engineering and Case Studies
  • Functional Ceramics
  • Materials Design for Energy Applications
  • Microelectronic Materials and Processing
  • Nanostructures and Nanotechnology
  • Nanotechnology for Biological and Medical Applications
  • Photonics in Nanomaterial Systems and Devices
  • Polymers and composites and nano-applications
  • Quantum Theory of Semiconductors
  • Smart and Functional Materials for Advanced Students
  • Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Thin Film Technology and  Nanocrystalline Coatings
  • Topics in Polymer Science

Intermediate Awards

For PGD award, students are required to complete three required courses and five electives from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For PGC award, students are required to complete three required courses and one elective from the Department. For Certificate of Completion, students have to complete all coursework, pass all examinations and with an attendance rate of at least 75% in a course offered by the Department. For Certificate of Attendance, students have to achieve an attendance rate of at least 75% in a course offered by the Department.

Professional Accreditation

Students graduated from this programme and fulfilling the requirements of HKIE are eligible for the Graduate Basis of Registration.

Did You Know?
  • This is the only programme of its kind in Hong Kong.
  • Graduates from this programme have been successful to become PhD students at CityU, or other universities in and outside Hong Kong.
  • Graduates from this programme have good career opportunities in nanotechnology related jobs in and outside Hong Kong.
  • Our faculty members are leading material scientists with excellent research and publication records in world-renowned journals.
  • The "Advanced Research" elective course enables qualified students to contact world-class research with our staff and research students; this gives the student valuable research experience and opportunities to publish research papers.
  • The department has sophisticated instruments for materials engineering and nanotechnology research. These include PHI 5802 scanning Auger & XPS, JEOL JSM 2001F, Philips CM-20 and CM-200 transmission electron microscopes, JEOL JSM 7001F and 6335 field emission scanning electron microscopes, T64000 Raman micropobe spectrometer, X-ray diffractometers, thin-film processing facilities, plasma immersion ion implantation equipment, etc.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.