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School of Engineering

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World-Class Education

Our young, forward-looking university has one of the best schools of engineering in the world, with unfailingly high global rankings. Students learn from professors with Ph.D. degrees from first-class universities around the globe, who closely follow pedagogical developments to enhance their own teaching effectiveness. With its student-centric, whole-person approach and active career guidance, the School of Engineering (SENG) has achieved leadership in teaching in both established and emerging engineering fields. SENG is also globally renowned for its research excellence. 

 

International Professional Recognition

Our high standards have won us recognition from a range of local and international professional bodies. Our programs are not only accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers” but also officially recognized by more than 20 countries under the Washington Accord. These countries span the globe and include Australia, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. 

SENG programs related to IT and computing are also recognized under the Seoul Accord, with signatories including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, the U.K., and the U.S. 

Engineering degrees obtained at HKUST are widely recognized, opening up a spectrum of international job and career prospects for graduates. 

 

The Engineering Curriculum

Undergraduate engineering students admitted to SENG enroll in a 4-year program. In the first year, students learn the fundamentals of engineering and explore various engineering disciplines through introductory courses. At the end of the first year, each student makes an informed choice of discipline to study at SENG for the next three years. 

This broad-based, student-centered program allows students to take additional major or minor programs or dual degree programs covering both engineering and non-engineering topics. Students with substantial credit transfer upon admission may be able to graduate in fewer than 4 years. 

 

The Engineering and Law Program 

To add a legal dimension to the engineering degree, HKUST SENG has partnered with the U.K.’s highly reputed University of Exeter to offer a program in engineering and law. The program offers an accelerated pathway for students to earn both a BEng/BSc degree in engineering or computer science from HKUST and a law degree from the University of Exeter within just 5 years. The first 3 years are spent at HKUST, and the remaining 2 at the University of Exeter.

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QS World University Rankings 2020
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in Engineering and Technology
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#1 in Hong Kong
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32
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in Chemical Engineering
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#1 in Hong Kong
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in Civil and Structural Engineering
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#1 in Hong Kong
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26
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in Computer Science and Information Systems
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#1 in Hong Kong
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22
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in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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#1 in Hong Kong
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in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
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#1 in Hong Kong
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in Statistics and Operational Research
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#1 in Hong Kong
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Career Prospects
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The School of Engineering (SENG) nurtures skilled communicators, analytical and inventive researchers, and adaptable problem-solvers capable of continuous learning. With their logical thinking, analytical skills, and creativity, graduates can excel in various positions in a range of industries, or as entrepreneurs running their own businesses. The transferable skills nurtured at SENG also enable graduates to adapt to the continuously evolving working environment of today’s fast-changing world. 

Degree-holders can become qualified professional engineers as soon as 4 years after graduation. After obtaining a recognized degree, graduates need to undertake 2-3 years of formal training under Graduate Training Scheme “A” of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Through this scheme, trainees learn through practical activities in their respective companies. Next, students need to gain 1-2 years of experience with responsibility. After these 4 years of training and experience, students can apply for Professional Assessment to become qualified professional engineers. 

HKUST engineering graduates are widely welcomed by employers in various sectors. Over half of our graduating class of 2019 had received more than one job offer at the time of graduation. While the majority of our graduates work in the engineering field and relevant industries, around a third choose to embark on careers in the commerce and business sector. The remaining 13% decide to pursue further studies and are accepted into programs at top universities around the world.

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Admissions and Programs
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Students interested in any engineering/computer science programs should apply to the School of Engineering via School-based Admission. There are two School-based application choices: ‘Engineering’ and ‘Engineering with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence’.

Students who wish to spend more time exploring their interests in engineering programs should choose ‘Engineering’ on their application. They can opt for one of the majors during the Major Selection Exercise at the end of the first year. Students who have developed an interest in AI by then can also choose the extended major in artificial intelligence on top of an engineering major.

Students who have a confirmed interest in both engineering programs and artificial intelligence should apply to ‘Engineering with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence’. They can opt for one of the engineering majors during the Major Selection Exercise at the end of the first year. Students are guaranteed the study of an extended Major in Artificial Intelligence.

In the first year, Engineering students learn the fundamentals of engineering and explore various engineering disciplines through introduction courses. At the end of the first year, each student makes an informed choice of discipline to study for the next three years.

Those who are interested in BSc in Integrative Systems and Design program can choose to apply directly to the program.

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“The education I received at HKUST was instrumental in the development of my academic career. In addition to a lively course curriculum that provided me with fundamental knowledge of chemical and environmental engineering, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct research while still an undergraduate. I was introduced to the fascinating world of research and how chemical engineers can play a role in mitigating particulate matter pollution. My undergraduate research experience and the mentoring I received at HKUST prepared me well to pursue graduate studies at Caltech. In addition, I benefited tremendously from HKUST’s extensive exchange program. I undertook an exchange at the University of Minnesota in the U.S., which was a truly eye-opening experience. I learned about different cultures, was exposed to different ways of thinking, and became more independent. All of these opportunities and experiences provided by HKUST were invaluable and have contributed greatly to my career today.”
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Nga Lee (Sally) NG
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2002 BEng (Chemical and Environmental Engineering), 2004 and 2007 MS and PhD (Chemical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, USA
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Associate Professor, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
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