Postgraduate Programs 2021/22
Master of Science Program in IC Design Engineering
Award Title

Master of Science in IC Design Engineering

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Student may choose to enroll in either face-to-face or real-time online mode.


Face-to-face mode:

Both full- and part-time


Real-time online mode:

Both full- and part-time 

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Program Fee

Full-time: HK$147,000
Part-time: HK$120,000

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 Man Sun CHAN, Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering

Hong Kong is rapidly shifting to a knowledge-based economy. There is an increasing need to upgrade the knowledge of the professional workforce, particularly on subjects which are related to modern technological advances in the fields of information technology and integrated circuit (IC) design engineering.

IC technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come.

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in IC Design Engineering is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge in microelectronic engineering, or upgrade their knowledge in the subjects of IC design engineering.

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

  1. Identify, formulate, analyze and design integrated circuits and systems for various applications;
  2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret the resultant data;
  3. Use appropriate simulation tools to help design integrated circuits and systems with good understanding of their limitations and optimization;
  4. Design and simulate basic integrated circuits and systems subject to practical constraints; and
  5. Communicate effectively design choices and considerations via oral presentations and written reports.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    26 credits 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director and the University regulations governing credit transfer, a maximum of 3 credits can be transferred to the program.

  3. Required Courses

    22 credits

EESM 5000
EESM 5020
EESM 5060
EESM 5100
EESM 5120
EESM 5200
EESM 5310
EESM 5320
EESM 5900*
* Students may take EESM 5900 for a maximum of 6 credits.

Alternatively, subject to prior approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits from outside this list offered by other programs. These 9 credits may include:

  • EESM courses not in the above list, and
  • A maximum of 3 credits of non-EESM courses.

The availability of courses offered by other programs may be subject to quota limitations imposed by individual programs.

  1. MSc Project

Students must complete 4 credits of EESM 6980.

EESM 6980


  1. Remarks

  • 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 take additional course(s) even if they attain passing grades for all courses.

Last update: 31 July 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: 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.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree with second class honors in Electronic Engineering, Engineering Science or Physical Sciences.