Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3064

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credit Required for Graduation

63 (plus training credits)
Students may be required to take an extra subject in Physics depending on their entry qualifications.

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr W.L. Chan
BSc(Eng), MPhil, PhD, MHKIE, SrMIEEE


The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The programme aims to provide students with a sound education in electrical engineering.  The programme is designed to produce engineering technologists/technicians who can practise electrical engineering with competence in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the neighbouring regions.  The programme emphasises foundation-knowledge and its applications, practical skills, problem-solving ability and team spirit.


Programme Characteristics

This Programme paves the way for graduates to further study for a professional qualification.  It aims at providing a route of articulation to degree programmes.  Graduates will be able to obtain up to two years of exemption from study of a four-year Honours degree programme of a similar discipline.

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

Electrical engineers are required in many large industries, with demand far exceeding supply.  They often work in the following areas:

  • Electric power generation
  • Intelligent buildings
  • Electric mass transportation
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Control and automation
  • Electric apparatus development
  • Environmental control
  • Renewable energy
  • Product manufacturing
  • Building services
  • Energy auditing
  • Highway lighting and control
  • Utility companies (e.g. airports, gas, water, telecommunications)


Graduates are readily offered relevant challenging and rewarding careers.  Our graduates are particularly welcome by employers because of their outstanding theoretical backgrounds and their application-oriented experiences.


  • Students study all essential elements of electrical engineering, supported by physics, mathematics, electronics, computing, mechanical engineering, Chinese and English.
  • Year One covers a diverse range of Foundation Subjects, such as Physics, Mathematics, Languages, Computing and Electronics.  Year One teaching extends to the summer.
  • Year Two covers essential technical subjects in electrical engineering.  Students will also undertake a Group Project during this year.
  • More information on the subjects and the progression pattern can be found at www.ee.polyu.edu.hk.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 19.3 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2017-18: 19.9 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2018-19: 18.9 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)


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Tel. No.  Fax No. Email Address Website
2766 6150 2330 1544



Student Message

In the HKDSE, I only scored level 2 in English. As a result, I failed to gain admission to a degree programme. I chose to study the Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering after serious consideration. Before the start of the semester, I worried whether I could catch up with the pace of learning in the programme. Luckily, I met many helpful professors who supported me in overcoming my problems.  When I encountered difficulties, they were willing to answer my questions and gave me detailed explanations.


The programme features many lab sessions that help me to understand how theories can put into practice. I have also learned how to analyse and build a circuit. The professional training in the Industrial Centre has also provided me with the opportunity to apply theories in practice. Joining this programme was certainly my right choice.

Lam Tsz Chun

I was admitted to the Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering because of my undesirable HKDSE results. Nevertheless, I do not regret to my decision to study in the programme.


The programme not only requires students to have logical sense, but also to acquire knowledge in various areas such as physics, calculus and so on. Although I am not good at all of these topics, there are many helpful professors. They answer all of my questions and provide guidance on my future career.


The supportive study atmosphere pushes me a lot. I have met many classmates with similar academic backgrounds and we now work hard together. Although I still have one year to go, I know that it was worth joining the programme. Why are you still hesitating?

Lo Siu Hang

In the two-year Higher Diploma programme, I had a very fruitful time with my peers and professors. In the first year, I took subjects in areas such as mathematics, physics, computer programming, circuit analysis and electronics, which equipped me with a good foundation of knowledge and problem solving skills. In the second year, I took subjects in areas such as electrical machines, power systems and building electrical systems that focused on theory application.


In addition, industrial training sessions provided practical approaches to subjects such as system design, safety and manufacturing. I also enjoyed cooperating with my teammates on the Final Year Project, and gained much help from my professors.

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