MSc Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2023

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
Dr LI Yangyang
MSc PhD University of California, San Diego, USA, BSc Peking University, China
Deputy 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 may 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:

  • have extensive knowledge of and possess analytical ability in the field of materials engineering and nanotechnology;

  • have the ability to apply the knowledge of materials engineering and nanotechnology to generate creative ethical solutions in the working environment;

  • be capable of communicating effectively in materials related professions;

  • design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

  • identify, formulate, solve engineering problems and generate new ideas in materials engineering and nanotechnology; and

  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

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 score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score of 450 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (CET-6); or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

@ TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the start of the University's application period.

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5
Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “Research” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 3 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.

Course Description

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

Required courses:

  • Instrumentation for Materials Characterization
  • Structure and Deformation of Materials
  • Thermodynamics of Materials

Electives courses:

  • Advanced Structural Materials
  • Advanced Research
  • Biomedical Materials and Devices with Nano-applications
  • Building Materials
  • Computational Methods for Materials Science
  • Corrosion and Surface Engineering
  • Dissertation
  • Electronic Packaging and Materials
  • Forensic Engineering and Case Studies
  • Functional Ceramics
  • Nanomaterials Design for Energy Applications
  • Photonics in Nanomaterial Systems and Devices
  • Polymers and Composites and Nano-applications
  • Quantum Theory of Semiconductors
  • Reliability Engineering in Electronics Industry
  • Smart and Functional Materials for Advanced Students
  • Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Thin Film Technology and  Nanocrystalline Coatings

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 access to sophisticated instruments for materials engineering and nanotechnology research. 
† 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.