Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science in Integrated Circuits
Award Title

Master of Science in Integrated Circuits

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$192,500
Part-time: HK$168,300

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 circuits (IC).

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 Integrated Circuits 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 Integrated Circuits.

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

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

    25 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. Core Courses

    22 credits

EESM 5000
EESM 5020
EESM 5060
EESM 5100
EESM 5120
EESM 5200
EESM 6970


  1. Elective Courses

3 credits

EESM 5310
EESM 5320
EESM 5900
  1. Remarks

  • Subject to prior approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits from outside the above course lists offered by other programs to fulfil the credit requirements of core and elective courses of the program. These 9 credits may include:

    • EESM courses not in the above lists, 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.

  • Students may take EESM 5900 Special Topics for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • 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.

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 Electronic Engineering, Engineering Science or Physical Sciences.

4. Additional Information

Integrated Bachelor-Master Pathway

  • Only for HKUST students in Year 3 or above, with priority to those from ECE, who are studying a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering or related area with academic performance equivalent to second class honors or above.
  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer for admission to MSc(IC) and need to pay a deposit at the prevailing deposit rate.
  • They will be allowed to start taking MSc(IC) courses in their final year of undergraduate study, and will enter the MSc(IC) Program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon entering MSc(IC), they can transfer up to 6 credits taken during the undergraduate study to fulfill the MSc(IC) program requirements. They will pay tuition fee for the remaining credits on a pro-rata basis, with a minimum payment for 19 credits.

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 Dec 2023 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 1 May 2024 (Round 3)
Part-time: 1 Dec 2023 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 1 May 2024 (Round 3)

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Dec 2023 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 15 Jun 2024 (Round 3)
Part-time: 1 Dec 2023 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 15 Jun 2024 (Round 3)

* 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.