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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2017.

MSc Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P58
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Daytime and evening sessions
Indicative Intake Target 70
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme 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
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
28 Feb 2018 (Local & Non-local)
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
Programme Leader
Prof YU Kin Man
BSc PhD University of California, Berkeley, USA
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7450
† 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.

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:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); 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:
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Laboratory
  • Nanomaterials
  • Structure and Deformation of Materials
Electives courses:
  • Advanced Optics Laboratory
  • Advanced Research
  • Advanced Technology in Biomedical Devices
  • Biomedical Materials: From Engineering To Clinical Applications
  • Building Materials
  • Composite Materials - with An Introduction to Nanocomposites
  • Corrosion and Surface Engineering
  • Dissertation
  • Electroceramics
  • Electronic Packaging and Materials
  • Energy - Materials for Solar and Fuel Cells
  • Failure Analysis and Case Studies
  • Microelectronic Materials and Processing
  • Modern Scattering Methods in Materials Science
  • Nanostructures and Nanotechnology
  • Nanotechnology for Biological and Medical Applications
  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices
  • Simulation and Modelling in Multidisciplinary Sciences
  • Smart and Functional Materials: Selection and Application
  • 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 Physics. 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.