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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 15 credits of approved coursework. Full-time MPhil 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. Full-time MPhil students are also required to take and pass LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes. The one credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the degree requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator

Nanotechnology Concentration

In addition to the program requirements specified above, students who opt for the Nanotechnology concentration are required to:

Take one NANO course;
Complete NANO 6010 Advanced Topics in Nano Science and Technology for one term; and
Conduct research in nano area.


Energy Technology Concentration

In addition to the program requirements specified above, students who opt for the Energy Technology concentration are required to:

Take one ENEG course;
Complete ENEG 6010 Advanced Topics in Energy Technology for one term. They can use ENEG 6010 to replace one term of registration of CIVL 6050; and
Conduct research in energy area.

On completion of the program of study and research, the student shall submit a thesis demonstrating competence in engineering research. The work described must have been substantially completed subsequent to enrollment for the degree. The thesis should reach a satisfactory standard of expression and presentation, and consist of an account of the student's own research. The student may not submit as the main content of the thesis any work or material which has previously been submitted for a university degree or some other similar awards.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Environmental Engineering
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree requires completion of at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department, participation in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 Environmental Engineering Seminar every regular term, and successful defense of a research thesis. 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 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 MECH 4210 Air Pollution Control/ CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management, or equivalent courses as advised by the EVNG Program Committee. In addition to the 15 credits, students must present at least one seminar and complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their studies. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director. 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 30 credits of approved coursework. Students with a master's degree may be granted credit transfer of up to 15 credits, subject to approval. PhD students are required to obtain a GGA of 3.150 for graduation. Full-time PhD 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. In addition, full-time PhD students are required to take and pass LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes. The one credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the degree requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator.

Nanotechnoloqy Concentration

In addition to the program requirements specified above, students who opt for the Nanotechnology concentration are required to:

Take one NANO course;
Complete NANO 6010 Advanced Topics in Nano Science and Technology for one term; and
Conduct research in nano area.

Energy Technolocgy Concentration

In addition to the program requirements specified above, students who opt for the Energy Technology concentration are required to;

Take one ENEG course;
Complete ENEG 6010 Advanced Topics in Energy Technology for one term. They can use ENEG 6010 to replace one term of registration of CIVL 6050; and
Conduct research in energy area.

The doctoral program usually takes a minimum of three years of full-time study beyond the bachelor's degree, or a minimum of two years beyond the Master's degree.

Within the first week of study in the Department, students are required to approach a faculty member for his/her research supervisor and a thesis supervision committee will also be established to supervise his/her program of study and thesis work. *To become a doctoral candidate, a student must pass a qualifying examination. Full-time PhD students are expected to pass the qualifying examination within 18 months of initial registration while part-time PhD students are expected to pass the qualifying examination within 36 months of initial registration. A maximum postponement of 3 months may be allowed subject to prior approval from the departmental PG Committee. The qualifying examination consists of both written and oral examinations. The written examination evaluates the student's comprehension of scientific and engineering principles and engineering synthesis, and the student's preparation for postgraduate study. Prior to undertaking the examinations, each PhD student will have prepared a written thesis research proposal, and will orally present and defend it. In addition, the student will answer questions of a general civil engineering nature and questions relevant to the proposed research.

Following the above, the Qualifying Examination Committee will recommend that (1) the student has passed the qualifying examination and is a candidate for the degree; or (2) the student should undertake further studies to rectify deficiencies uncovered in the examination but may continue with the research component without another written or oral examination, and upon successful completion of these further studies, the student will automatically become a candidate for the degree; or (3) the student should undertake further studies and must repeat the written and/or oral component within 6 months; or (4) the student has failed and must withdraw from the PhD program. Students who fail the qualifying examination for the second time will be required to withdraw from the PhD program or, with the special approval of the departmental PG Committee, be allowed to transfer to the MPhil program.

On completion of the program of study and research, the student shall submit a thesis demonstrating competence in engineering research. The work described must have been substantially completed subsequent to enrollment for the degree. The thesis should reach a satisfactory standard of expression and presentation, and consist of an account of the student's own research. The student may not submit as the main content of the thesis any work or material which has previously been submitted for a university degree or some other similar awards.

*[Subject to the approval of the relevant University authority.]

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 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 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 case-by-case basis.

Students must participate in the graduate seminar program EVNG 6050 Environmental Engineering Seminar every regular term. In addition to the 15 credits, students must present at least two seminars and complete LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes during their degree studies. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director.

To become a doctoral candidate, the student must pass a qualifying examination within the first 18 months of his PhD studies. 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.

List A Courses

Students are required to take at least 9 credits of coursework from the following courses offered by the School of Engineering. A maximum of 6 credits of 4000-level UG courses may be taken.

CENG 5210 Advanced Separation Processes
CENG 5310 Measurements of Air Pollutants
CENG 5320 Water Quality Assessment
CENG 5650 Environmental Biotechnology
CENG 5760 Advanced Physio-Chemical Treatment Processes
CENG 5840 Nanomaterials for Chemical Engineering Applications
CIVL 4430 Environmental Impact Assessment
CIVL 4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities
CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management
CIVL 4480 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis
CIVL 4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management
CIVL 5410 Physical-Chemical Water/Wastewater Treatment
CIVL 5420 Biological Waste Treatment
CIVL 5430 Aquatic Chemistry
CIVL 5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation
CIVL 5460 Landfill Engineering and Design
CIVL 5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment
CIVL 5480 Pollutant Transport in Soils and Groundwater
MECH 4040 Noise Control
MECH 4210 Air Pollution Control
MECH 4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics
MECH 5260 Air Pollution Meteorology

List B Courses

The following are courses offered by departments outside the School of Engineering that may be counted toward the program requirements.

ENVR 5210 Environmental Microbiology
ENVR 6050 Introduction to Oceanography
EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
SOSC 5620 Sustainable Development