Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 05002

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

EE (Full-time)
EET (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,700 per credit for local students
HK$5,100 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr A-ping Zhang


Note to Applicants

  • We have limited quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering.
  • The programme provides three specialisms:
    • ​​MSc in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Power Systems)
      電機工程學理學碩士學位 (電力系統)
    • MSc in Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics and Drives)
      電機工程學理學碩士學位 (電力電子及驅動)
    • MSc in Electrical Engineering (Railway Systems)
      電機工程學理學碩士學位 (鐵路系統)
  • Scholarships and prizes will be awarded to outstanding students from the programme*.


* PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarships or prizes at any time.  In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

We provide advanced study opportunities for electrical engineers who work in the power and electricity utilisation industries, electrical product manufacturing industries, government organisations and contracting and consulting companies. Our students gain an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art advances in modern electrical science and technology such as power systems, the industrial utilisation of electrical energy, power electronics, railway systems and drive control, automation and optoelectronics.



The multidisciplinary nature of this programme encourages students to develop broad outlooks and allows them to take subjects in related technical fields, such as communications or computers, marketing, management or information sciences. The programme also allows students to take a combination of subjects that lead to specialisation options in Electrical Power Systems#, Power Electronics and Drives or Railway Systems*.


# HK Electric Institute assists in teaching some of the designated subjects.
* MTR Academy assists in teaching some of the designated subjects.

Recognition & Prospects

Two levels of awards, namely Master of Science Degree (MSc) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) are offered to students successfully after completing the required content of the respective awards. The awards can be in any one of the following areas (specialisms):

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering (Electrical Power Systems)
  • Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics and Drives)
  • Electrical Engineering (Railway Systems)


Graduates of this programme have in-depth knowledge of advances in electrical engineering and are able to undertake advanced technical and managerial work in Electrical Engineering and other related Engineering fields.


Programme Structure

After enrolling in the MSc in Electrical Engineering programme, students can select from a wide range of subjects offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering, including core engineering subjects and subjects offered by other disciplines, such as accounting, computing, construction and the environment, and logistics. Students can also select a combination of subjects that will allow them to graduate with a Specialism Award. In general, each subject is taught through one evening class a week over a 13-week semester. Full-time students normally take three to five subjects per semester. Part-time students normally take one or two subjects per semester. Each taught subject corresponds to three credits, and the dissertation corresponds to nine credits.


For the MSc in Electrical Engineering

Students must complete:

  • 7 taught subjects, including at least 4 Core Subjects, and a Dissertation;
  • 10 taught subjects, including at least 6 Core Subjects.


For the MSc in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Power Systems)/MSc in Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics and Drives)/MSc in Electrical Engineering (Railway Systems) 

Students must complete:

  • 7 taught subjects, including at least 4 Core Subjects for the respective specialism, and a Dissertation pertaining to the respective specialism;
  • 10 taught subjects, including at least 8 Core Subjects, with at least 6 corresponding to the respective specialism.


Note - Most of the subjects are offered on a 2-year rolling base. Students may not be able to take 6 Core Subjects in the specified specialism in a single year.


Core Areas of Study

This is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects for selection upon registration.

  • Power System Technology, Analysis, Operation & Planning
  • Electrical Traction & Drives
  • Railway System Design, Operation & Maintenance
  • Control & Computing
  • Power Electronics & Drives
  • Optoelectronics


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

You must satisfy the following specific requirements of this programme:

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, science or technology, or qualifications that satisfy the academic requirements for Corporate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), or the equivalent.


Consideration will also be given to candidates without Honours degrees who have other relevant qualifications supplemented by appropriate work experience.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Other Information

  • ​Suitable candidates may be invited to attend interviews (face-to-face or telephone interviews).
  • Classes are normally held on weekday evenings.
  • A small number of classes may be offered in the daytime for full-time students.
  • Classes can also be arranged with such alternatives as full-time weekends, full-time weekdays or through on-line delivery.
  • The Department reserves the right to not offer any one of the EE subjects. The offer of subjects is subject to review and changes if deemed appropriate by the Department.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr A-ping Zhang (tel: (852) 3400 3336; email:

Student Message

After graduating from the BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering programme at PolyU, I joined a power company and found that what I had learned was very practical and useful. Hence, I further pursued an MSc in Electrical Engineering to gain specialist skills and a solid knowledge of electrical engineering.


The programme covered various fields of practical engineering, such as high voltage engineering and power system analysis, which have been very useful in my workplace. I gained the specialist skills required for my career, and the programme was was undoubtedly a valuable experience.


Choosing to enrol in the MSc programme enhanced my resume and the confidence of my employers.

KO Yik Yan

I chose this programme because it was related to my Bachelor’s degree major, which I was very interested in and wanted to learn more about. The programme also seemed likely to help me find a job in a related field. Through the programme, I learned core concepts in the design of motors, storage of new energy and power systems. I now have a Master’s degree backed by theoretical and practical knowledge, and I look forward to solving real-world problems in the future.


Before I enrolled in the MSc programme at PolyU, I had worked in a power company for about four years. Through this work experience, I recognised my weaknesses in terms of professional knowledge and chose to return to campus.


As the traditional electrical engineering school in Hong Kong, PolyU was my first choice. The courses provided in the EE Department at PolyU cover several fields, such as power utilisation, power system, power electronics, railway systems, transportation system, automation and optoelectronics. Therefore, this programme is flexible and suitable for students from various industries. It also offers a research course, which developed my research and academic writing skills.


Thanks to my MSc study, I had the opportunity to further pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Three of my classmates also continued their studies at PolyU. Other classmates also got job offers from power grid companies, research institutes and design institutes.

Zhang Yunpeng

Additional Documents Required

Employer's Recommendation


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



English language test results (TOEFL or IELTS) are required for non-local applicants who have not obtained a degree from a recognised university of which the language of instruction is English.

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