Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Chemical and Energy Engineering
Award Title

Master of Science in Chemical and Energy Engineering

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

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

Program Fee

Full-time: HK$170,500
Part-time: HK$148,500

New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. The program fee covers 4 terms of study for the full-time MSc Program and 6 terms for the part-time MSc Program. Students who stay in the program beyond the normative study period covered by the program fee, or take additional courses or need to retake any courses are required to pay additional fee.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Minhua SHAO, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Chemical and Energy Engineering is designed for students who wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular area of chemical and energy engineering while strengthening their overall knowledge at an advanced level.

It provides students with updated knowledge on product development, material sciences, energy conversion and utilization, renewable energies, power generation, carbon neutrality, and sustainable development. This is a unique program that covers knowledge in areas of energy / environment / nanotechnology, which are the three focal areas of HKUST.

The program not only offers advanced chemical and energy engineering courses for students, but also enables them to take electives from other related programs to prepare chemical and energy engineers to lead and take up senior positions.

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

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to the solution of chemical and energy engineering problems;
  2. Design and conduct experiments, analyze, interpret data and synthesize valid conclusions;
  3. Design a system, component, or process, and synthesize solutions to achieve desired needs;
  4. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice with appropriate considerations for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental constraints;
  5. Communicate clearly and concisely both in writing and orally;
  6. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; and
  7. Apply critical thinking through independent thought and informed judgement, and develop creative and innovative solutions.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director and the University regulations governing credit transfer, a maximum of 12 credits can be transferred to the program.

  3. Foundation Courses

    At least 12 credits

    Subject to the decision of the Program Director, students who do not possess a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or Energy Engineering will be required take at least 15 credits.


MCEE 5110
MCEE 5120
MCEE 5130
MCEE 5820
MCEE 5830
MCEE 5910


  1. Elective Courses

    At least 6 credits

MCEE 5210
MCEE 5520
MCEE 5750
MCEE 5810
MCEE 5860
MCEE 6000
MCEE 6980


  1. Remarks

  • Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of other postgraduate courses as partial fulfillment of the program requirements.

  • 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: 16 August 2022

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 scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

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 Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering or a related area.

4. Additional Information
  • Students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Energy Engineering background will be required to take at least five foundation courses.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Nov 2023 (Round 1); 1 Jan 2024 (Round 2)
Part-time: 1 Nov 2023 (Round 1); 1 Jan 2024 (Round 2)

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Nov 2023 (Round 1); 1 Jan 2024 (Round 2)
Part-time: 1 Nov 2023 (Round 1); 1 Jan 2024 (Round 2)


For 2023/24 Spring Term Intake (commencing in Jan 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Nov 2023
Part-time: 1 Nov 2023

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Dec 2023
Part-time: 1 Dec 2023

 * 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.