Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Mechanical Engineering - Nanotechnology Concentration
Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Concentration: Nanotechnology)

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Concentration: Nanotechnology)

Program Short Name

MPhil(MECH) - NT


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years



Full-time: 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (with a bachelor’s degree only)

Part-time: 6 years

Offering Unit

Nanotechnology has become one of the most visible and fast growing multidisciplinary research areas. Nanotechnology research, ranging from nanostructured-materials to nanoelectronics, covers diverse areas in many disciplines, such as medicine and healthcare, aeronautics and space, environmental studies and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, national security and education. Because of the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology, its research and training can be best integrated into different disciplines. The Nanotechnology concentration seeks to equip students with the necessary knowledge in the areas on which they wish to focus on.


It covers different disciplines including Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. This allows students to enroll in a particular discipline and pursue a focused-study on a specific area of Nanotechnology.

The School of Engineering has introduced a Nanotechnology Concentration in different disciplines with the following research foci.


Research Foci

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Study of nanocatalysts, nanocomposite and nanoporous materials, nanomaterials for environmental applications, atmospheric nanoparticle pollutants, usage of nano-sized magnetic particles and nano-electrocatalysts, morphology/ property relationship of polymers at nanoscale, bio-functionalized nanoparticles for diagnostics and biosensing, nanocarriers for drug delivery and nanomaterials for tissue engineering, and nano-biomaterials for treatment of industrial effluents.


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Development of iron-based nanoparticles for the removal of heavy metals from groundwater and industrial wastewater, polymeric nanocomposites for the surface coating of concrete structures, and fate, transport, transformation and toxicity of manufactured nanomaterials in water.


Electronic and Computer Engineering

Design, fabrication, and characterization of compound semiconductor-based nano-electronic devices, integration of compound semiconductor-based nano-electronic devices on silicon, modeling of nano-CMOS devices, nanoscale transistors, nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS), nanosize photo-alignment layers, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanoelectronic devices design and fabrication, and system-on-chip and embedded system designs using nanotechnologies.


Mechanical Engineering

Nano precision machining, nanofibers, carbon nanotubes, graphene and organoclay nanoparticles, nanoindentation, applications of nano-particles for printable electronics and nano composites; integrated nano bubble actuator, nanosclae fluid-surface interaction, multiscale mechanics, nanoscale gas transport, micro/ nanomechanics; molecular dynamic simulations, thermal interface material; micro fuel cell, and nano-structured materials for lithium ion battery electrodes.

  1. Concentration Requirements

    The common requirements for the Nanotechnology concentration are: 

  1. Take one nano course from the list of NANO courses. 

  2. Complete the nano seminar course NANO 6010 for one term. 


NANO 6010


  1. Conduct research in nano area.


  1. Program Requirements

On top of the concentration requirements, students are required to follow the program requirements stipulated for the respective MPhil and PhD programs:



Last update: 6 August 2021

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.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


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 2021 (12noon, GMT+8)
Step 2 deadline at HKUST:
1 Dec 2021 (11:59pm, GMT+8)

Details please refer to

For 2022/23 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2022):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Jun 2022

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2022
Part-time: 15 Jul 2022

For 2021/22 Spring Term Intake (commencing in Feb 2022):

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

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Dec 2021
Part-time: 15 Dec 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.