Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering
Award Title

Master of Science in Mechanical 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$179,300
Part-time: HK$156,200

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 Wenjing YE, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

As a result of major structural changes in Hong Kong’s economy, its industry has been going through an important transition. In response to the need for the enhancement of human resources to cope with changes arising from the transition, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is offering a range of innovative and practical courses in emerging fields, including advanced/smart materials, electronic packaging, CAD/CAM, MEMS, mechatronics, and advanced manufacturing technologies, each prepared and taught by leading specialists in the field.

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Mechanical Engineering provides an excellent opportunity for fresh graduates, applied scientists and engineers to pursue an in-depth study at an advanced level in broad-based mechanical engineering disciplines, which is essential to the technological development of industry in Hong Kong and Mainland. Designed to benefit students with a broad range of backgrounds, the program aims to enable them to acquire advanced up-to-date technical knowledge in emerging mechanical engineering fields, which will in turn enhance their skills and knowledge in the design, material selection, and manufacturing of various electrical, mechanical and thermal systems and their components, as well as in electronic packaging and materials technology.

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

  1. Creatively and innovatively design and develop useful products and/or services for society based on mathematical and scientific principles;
  2. Analyze and find solutions for Mechanical Engineering problems;
  3. Effectively communicate analysis and design ideas to peers, clients and customers;
  4. Review, analyze, and interpret the body of scientific literature, contemporary issues and innovations in Mechanical Engineering;
  5. Apply and validate innovations and discoveries in the lab or real world settings in efficient and effective ways utilizing modern engineering tools; and
  6. Professionally and ethically conduct quality research/development in Mechanical Engineering.
  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 9 credits can be transferred to the program.

  3. Required Courses

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of MESF courses.

    They may repeat MESF 6950 to obtain a maximum of 6 credits.

MESF 6950


Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of IBTM or MECH postgraduate courses offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to fulfill the program requirements.

  1. Remarks

  • 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: 31 July 2019

Materials Technology Concentration

Students who opt for the Materials Technology concentration are required to take a minimum of 18 credits of courses from the following list as part of the program requirements:

MESF 5010
MESF 5050
MESF 5370
MESF 5410
MESF 5430
MESF 5940


Student may also take MESF 6910 and MESF 6950 in the area of Materials Technology to fulfill the credit requirements.

MESF 6910
MESF 6950

Last update: 18 July 2024

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 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a related area

4. Additional Information

Integrated Bachelor-Master Pathway

  • Only for HKUST students in Year 3 or above who are studying a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or related area with academic performance equivalent to second class honors or above.
  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer for admission to MSc(MECH) and need to pay a deposit at the prevailing deposit rate.
  • They will be allowed to start taking MSc(MECH) courses in their final year of undergraduate study, and will enter the MSc(MECH) Program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon entering MSc(MECH), they can transfer up to 9 credits taken during the undergraduate study to fulfill the MSc(MECH) program requirements. They will pay tuition fee for the remaining credits on a pro-rata basis, with a minimum payment for 21 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 Jan 2024 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 15 May 2024 (Round 3)
Part-time: 1 Jan 2023 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2023 (Round 2); 15 May 2024 (Round 3)


Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Jan 2024 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 1 Jun 2024 (Round 3); 1 Jul 2024 (Round 4)
Part-time: 1 Jan 2024 (Round 1); 1 Apr 2024 (Round 2); 1 Jun 2024 (Round 3); 1 Jul 2024 (Round 4)

 * 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.