Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Science Program in Aeronautical Engineering
Award Title

Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Program Fee


New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. Students who take additional courses or need to retake any courses are required to pay additional fee.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof David LAM, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Aeronautical Engineering is offered by the School of Engineering of HKUST in partnership with Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), which is currently the largest aeronautical university in Europe and the only aviation-oriented university in Toulouse, France.

The program aims to provide students with exposure to various core aspects of aeronautical engineering, and how they are used in the real world. It will equip students with the knowledge and capability of handling complicated aerospace design, manufacturing and maintenance projects for seeking career in the aeronautical engineering profession.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and apply appropriate advanced mathematical and numerical methods to effectively address real world aeronautical engineering problems;
  2. Analyze and design complex mechanics, material/structure and/or control systems;
  3. Analyze existing aeronautical engineering problems in depth;
  4. Design and operate complex systems from a conceptual design perspective; and
  5. Carry out logistic management and quality control strategies for aviation related projects.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Foundation Courses  

    At least 12 credits

AESF 5210
AESF 5310
AESF 5320
AESF 5330
AESF 5340
AESF 5350
AESF 5880
AESF 5890
AESF 6950
EEMT 5220


  1. Elective Courses

AESF 5050
AESF 5311
AESF 5360
AESF 5370
AESF 5380
AESF 5390
AESF 5410
AESF 5930
AESF 6910
EEMT 5120


  1. Courses offered by ENAC

    At least 6 credits

AESF 5610
AESF 5620
AESF 5630
AESF 5640
AESF 5650


  1. Remarks

  • The remaining credits may be taken from any of the above courses.

  • The courses offered in a particular year will be announced to students prior to program commencement.

  • Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of courses from outside the above lists.

  • Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.

  • Students failing to meet the graduation grade average (GGA) requirement of 2.850 or above are required to repeat or substitute the course(s) at a per-credit fee.

Last update: 15 January 2019

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree, with second class honors in Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a related area