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Postgraduate Programs
The postgraduate programmes in Civil Engineering aim at training students to solve problems in Civil Engineering by enlarging and deepening their knowledge base as well as encouraging the intellectual pursuit of creative ideas to improve human and natural environments.

The in-progress and planned projects in Hong Kong for airport construction, port facility expansion, improved road systems, pollution control, and urban re-development demand the work of large teams of Civil and Structural engineers in the next decade. As the practice of civil and structural engineering itself develops rapidly, the leaders of these teams are likely to be those who have broad-based and in-depth knowledge of the discipline as well as a good grasp of new design concepts and technologies. Postgraduate training develops such potentials and offers excellent opportunities for students who wish to become future leaders in this profession. Students engaging in postgraduate studies in Civil and Structural Engineering may concentrate on structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, construction engineering or infrastructure development.

The postgraduate programs lead to the degree of Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering. The master's degree programs focus on strengthening students' knowledge in certain areas of Civil and Structural engineering and exposing them to the issues involved in the conception, design, construction, maintenance, and use of structures and facilities. The PhD program aims at developing the skills needed to identify issues related to Civil Engineering and the ability to formulate and propose solutions to a problem in an independent manner. In addition to the above programs, the Department also participates in the Master of Science (MSc) program in Biotechnology, and the Master of Science (MSc) programs in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Applicants for admission to the postgraduate programs are required to have completed, by the time they enroll in HKUST, a bachelor's degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering or a related Engineering field. Students must demonstrate a sound training in Physical Sciences and Mathematics and a good knowledge of basic Engineering skills, including the use of computers. Deficiencies must be made up concurrently with postgraduate work if students are otherwise deemed admissible to a postgraduate program on account of their overall preparation.
In addition to satisfying the university requirements for postgraduate degrees, all students admitted to postgraduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering must complete departmental program requirements as summarized below. Details of departmental program requirements are obtainable from the Department at the time of registration.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Civil Engineering
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program requires completion of at least 12 credits of approved coursework.
All full-time and part-time students are required to take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering in their first 1.5 years of study. Students may be exempted from certain course events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be given extension to complete the course, subject to prior approval of the School.
Full-time students must also complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator.
The credits earned from ENGG 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
In addition, full-time students are required to attend departmental seminars. They are required to take and pass CIVL 6050 Civil Engineering Seminar I at least twice, and CIVL 6060 Civil Engineering Seminar II at least once
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Environmental Engineering
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program requires students to complete at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department. Of the 15 credits, students are required to take at least 9 credits from courses offered by the School of Engineering in List A below. Students taking courses from List B or other courses outside the School of Engineering must have the prior approval from their thesis supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director. Students who do not have sufficient exposure to environmental courses need to take CIVL 2420 Water and Wastewater Engineering and/or CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management, or equivalent courses as advised by the EVNG Program Committee.
In addition to the 15 credits, all full-time and part-time students are required to take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering in their first 1.5 years of study. Students may be exempted from certain course events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be given extension to complete the course, subject to prior approval of the School.
Students must complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their study. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director.
The credits earned from ENGG 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
Students must also participate in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 Environmental Engineering Seminar for at least 2 regular terms, and present at least one seminar during their study.
Students must demonstrate in their research thesis competence in environmental research and pass the oral defense examination.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program requires completion of at least 24 credits of approved coursework. Students with a master’s degree may be granted credit transfer of up to 12 credits, subject to approval. PhD students are required to obtain a GGA of 3.150 for graduation. Students are also required to fulfill the school requirements on PhD programs. For details, please refer to the section of School of Engineering.
All full-time and part-time students are required to take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering and CIVL 6770 Professional Development in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students may be exempted from certain ENGG 6770 events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of CIVL 6770, subject to prior approval of the Department.
Students are expected to complete the Professional Development courses in their first two years of study. Subject to approval, part-time students may be given extension to complete the courses. HKUST MPhil (CIVL) graduates who have taken and passed ENGG 6770 before may be exempted from taking the same course, subject to prior approval from the Department Head and PG Coordinator
Full-time students are also required to take and pass LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator.
The credits earned from ENGG 6770, CIVL 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
In addition, full-time students are required to attend departmental seminars, and take and pass CIVL 6050 Civil Engineering Seminar I at least four times. All PhD students, regardless of study mode, are required to take and pass CIVL 6060 Civil Engineering Seminar II at least twice.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Engineering

The doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires completion of at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from morThe Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program requires students to complete at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department. Of the 15 credits, students are required to take at least 9 credits from courses offered by the School of Engineering in List A below. Students taking courses from List B or other courses outside the School of Engineering must have the prior approval from their thesis supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director. Students admitted to this program should possess a master’s degree. In exceptional circumstances, if outstanding students are admitted to the program without a master’s degree, they may be required to take additional credits to fulfill the program requirements. Students with a master’s degree in an Environmental Engineering or a closely related field may be granted credit transfer by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis. Students are also required to fulfill the school requirements on PhD programs. For details, please refer to the section of School of Engineering.
In addition to the 15 credits, all full-time and part-time students are required to take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering and EVNG 6770 Professional Development in Environmental Engineering. Students may be exempted from certain ENGG 6770 events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of EVNG 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program. Students are expected to complete the Professional Development courses in their first two years of study. Subject to approval, part-time students may be given extension to complete the courses. HKUST MPhil (EVNG) graduates who have taken and passed ENGG 6770 before may be exempted from taking the same course, subject to prior approval from the Program Director and PG Coordinator.
Students must complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their degree study. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director.
The credits earned from ENGG 6770, EVNG 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
Students must participate in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 Environmental Engineering Seminar for at least four regular terms, and present at least two terms during their study.
To become a doctoral candidate, the student must pass a qualifying examination within the first 18 months of his PhD study. The qualifying examination involves the submission of a research proposal and an oral/written examination given by the Thesis Supervision Committee. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to establish the student’s ability to formulate and conduct original research in the chosen field of study. Upon completion of the coursework and the thesis, the candidate is required to defend the thesis before a Thesis Examination Committee.