Postgraduate Programs 2021/22
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Microelectronics

For admission to HKUST (Guangzhou) Pilot Scheme

 

Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Microelectronics
Doctor of Philosophy in Microelectronics

Program Short Name

MPhil(MICS)
PhD(MICS)

Mode of Study

Full-time

Normative Program Duration

MPhil
2 years

PhD
3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (without a relevant research master’s degree)

Offering Unit

Microelectronics Thrust Area

Function Hub

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Jiang XU, Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering

Enquiry

Microelectronics is a cornerstone of the Information Age. It is concerned with studies in integrated electronic/photonic circuits, system architectures, and design automation. It integrates novel electronic and photonic devices into circuits; architects computing, networking, and sensing systems; and automates their design and optimization.


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Microelectronics aim to provide rigorous training in the fundamental theories, key technologies, and industrial practices of microelectronics. Students will be trained to investigate novel electronic and photonic devices for analog and digital circuits; explore advanced architecture for post-Moore's Law computing, networking, and sensing systems; and create intelligent design automation tools and methodologies. The programs will also offer modern pedagogical training to prepare research students with specialized and transferrable skills in post-Moore's Law integrated circuits and systems that serve the industries.


A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in microelectronics research, synthesize and create new knowledge, and contribute to microelectronics technologies.


A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in microelectronics research and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to microelectronics technologies.

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

  1. Identify engineering significances in microelectronics;
  2. Engage critical thinking skills that are essential for microelectronics research;
  3. Advance technologies in microelectronics; and
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

 

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

  1. Identify scientific and engineering significances in microelectronics;
  2. Engage critical thinking skills that are essential for microelectronics research;
  3. Apply systematic research methodologies to advance theories, create methodologies, or innovate technologies in microelectronics; and
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in reporting scientific findings.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    MPhil: 15 credits 
    PhD: 21 credits 
     

  2. Credit Transfer 

    Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students. 
     

  3. Cross-disciplinary Core Courses

2 credits
 

IIMP 6010
IIMP 6020
IIMP 6030
IIMP 6040

 

All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.

 

  1. Hub Core Courses

4 Credits

 

Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Function Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.

 

  Function Hub Core Course

FUNH 5000

 

  Other Hub Core Courses

INFH 5000
SOCH 5000
SYSH 5000

 

  1. Courses on Domain Knowledge

MPhil: minimum 9 credits of coursework 
PhD: minimum 15 credits of coursework 
 

Under this requirement, each student is required to take elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.
 

  Sample Course List

To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.

 

MICS 5901
MICS 5902
MICS 5903
COMP 5112
COMP 5711
COMP 5713
ELEC 5040
ELEC 5050
ELEC 5160
MATH 5311
MATH 5312
MATH 5380
MECH 5520
MECH 5230
MECH 5950
PHYS 5210
PHYS 5260
PHYS 5810

 

  1. Additional Foundation Courses

Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity in related areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

 

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
PDEV 6800


All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

 

  1. Professional Development Course Requirement
PDEV 6770


Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

 

FUNH 6770


Students are required to complete FUNH 6770. The 1 credit earned from FUNH 6770  cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed FUNH 6770  or other similar professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking FUNH 6770 , subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

 

  1. English Language Requirement
LANG 5000

 

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
 

LANG 5001
LANG 5002
LANG 5010

 

Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.
 

  1. Postgraduate Seminar
FUNH 6800

 

  MPhil:

  1. Full-time students must take and pass FUNH 6800 in at least two terms.

PhD:

  1. Full-time students must take and pass FUNH 6800 in at least four terms.

 

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.

 

  1. Thesis Research
MICS 6990
MICS 7990

 

  MPhil:

  1. Registration in MICS 6990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in MICS 7990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

 

Last Update: 24 July 2020

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;

  • Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

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: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt


Applicants are not required 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.

For admission to HKUST (Guangzhou) Pilot Scheme

Apply online before the application deadlines.

 

Application Fee

HK$180

Application Deadlines

For Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPFS) Application (for PhD studies only):

Step 1 deadline at RGC (to obtain an HKPFS reference no. from RGC):
1 Dec 2020 (12noon, GMT+8)
Step 2 deadline at HKUST:
1 Dec 2020 (11:59pm, GMT+8)

Details please refer to http://pg.ust.hk/hkpfs
 

For 2021/22 Fall Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Jun 2021

 

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2021


 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.