BEng Materials Science and Engineering


Year of Entry 2019
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1210
BEng Materials Science and Engineering
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
(subject to change)
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 35-45
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Programme/Major Leader
Dr Johnny HO
BSc MSc PhD University of California, Berkeley, USA
+852 3442 4897



Department of Materials Science and Engineering

As the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was established to develop internationally competitive and cutting-edge research and provide a professional curriculum that equips graduates to contribute to materials science and engineering and related sectors in Hong Kong, greater China and the rest of the world.

The Department serves as a collaboration platform for developing cross-disciplinary academic programmes and interdisciplinary research projects with other academic units in the University. Further, it aspires to become a world-leading department in research and professional education with a focus on the following four target areas:

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Computational materials science
  3. Functional materials
  4. Structural materials

The Department also serves as an international platform to encourage collaboration among the leading institutes in the world and to enhance our global research reputation.

BEng Materials Science and Engineering

In the Materials Science and Engineering major, students acquire knowledge that can be used to solve materials problems in engineering processes. Graduates of this major can seek jobs in engineering companies and join the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers as graduate members. They can become professional engineers after receiving the relevant on-the-job training and completing the professional assessment.


Our Target

The Materials Science and Engineering major aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to meet local and regional needs in the industrial, commercial, government and education sectors.

In particular, graduates of this major understand the production, fabrication and service performance of engineering materials, including conventional bulk materials, advanced thin film and nanostructured materials. Working with other engineering specialists, our graduates contribute to the design, manufacture, maintenance, safety enhancement and testing of engineering components, devices, structures and processing plants.


Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements.


First-Year Curriculum

Gateway Education

GE English/EAP (6 credit units) *

  • GE English (1): GE 1401 University English (3 credit units)
  • GE English (2): GE 2410 English for Engineering (3 credit units)

*Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete two 3-credit unit courses, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for ELA0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take ELA0200B.

College Specified GE Courses (9 credit units)

  • MA1200/MA1300 (3 credit units)
    Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I/
    Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I
  • MA1201/MA1301 (3 credit units)
    Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II/
    Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II
  • CS1102/CS1302 (3 credit units)
    Introduction to Computer Studies/
    Introduction to Computer Programming

Any GE Courses (3 credit units)

  • GE1501 Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy and/or GE courses from the distributional areas

College Required Courses

College Required Science Courses (6 credit units)

Choose two from the following science courses:

  • PHY1201     General Physics I (3 credit units)
  • BCH1100  Chemistry (3 credit units)
  • BCH1200  Discovery in Biology (3 credit units)

Department Required Courses

Department Required Courses (6 credit units)

  • PHY1202     General Physics II (3 credit units)
  • PHY1203     General Physics III (3 credit units)

Start Your Career Here

Materials Science and Engineering is an exciting and fascinating subject. Many of the novel materials invented over the past few decades significantly influence the way we live.

Materials Science and Engineering has permeated all industrial sectors. Graduates may choose to work in many different areas such as the electronics, toy, plastic, metal, ceramic and construction industries, or in testing laboratories. Graduates may also be employed as quality control engineers, production engineers, testing engineers or technical sales engineers for equipment, machinery and materials.

A materials science and engineering education predisposes students to a life enriched by the ability to understand technical information and analyse problems using scientific reasoning. In the past, materials science and engineering graduates have pursued successful careers in other diverse fields such as finance, business and education.


Industrial Training and International Exchange

The College of Science and Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through different internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments in firms in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:

  • gain solid experience in a real-world work environment;
  • develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • learn the right attitudes towards work and professionalism; and
  • broaden their experience and enhance their employability.

For details, please visit the College’s Co-operative Education website.

To help students to broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer over 110 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner universities around the world, including Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and others in the Asia-Pacific region.

For details, please visit the University’s outbound exchange programme website.


Professional Recognition

The Materials Science and Engineering major is the first and currently the only Materials Science and Engineering degree accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.


Bonus Features

Graduates of the Materials Science and Engineering major are all-round materials engineers who can participate in design, manufacturing and quality assurance teams in high-tech industries.


Did You Know?

Among the many distinguished academics at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering:

  • Professor Alex Jen is listed among the top researchers in the world with Google h-index > 100.
  • Professor Alex Jen is awarded as one of the top 10 researchers in perovskite solar cell field by Times Higher Education.
  • Professor Alex Jen and Professor Paul Chu is awarded the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers.
  • Professor WJ Zhang et al. puslished a paper in Science.
  • Professor Andrey Rogach was ranked 51st worldwide among “100 Top Materials Scientists of the past decade” by Thomson Reuters in 2011 and received the Grand Research Excellence Award from City University of Hong Kong that same year.