Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aviation Engineering

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3507

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation
  • 124 (plus training credits)
  • Students without Physics in their entry qualifications are required to undertake ONE extra subject in Physics.

Note: The individual credits required may vary depending on the academic background of the student.

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr LT Hsu
BSc, PhD 


​The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. It is subjected to regular review.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to provide students and produce highly skilled graduates with:

  1. In-depth understanding of aviation engineering including aircraft and aviation systems, aircraft design, certification and airworthiness, airline and airport engineering, plus specialised skills in a chosen elective stream of study;
  2. Competence to handle a wide variety of engineering challenges in a methodological, technical and practical manner as applied to the aviation industry;
  3. Knowledge and skills to efficiently and effectively manage aviation engineering projects; and
  4. Professional aviation communication skills and social responsibility towards the society and the environment.


Programme Characteristics

The Aviation Engineering programme aims to train students to become aeronautical and aviation engineers with strong skills in and understanding of engineering and with engineering management and social responsibility for the society and the environment. Upon completion of this programme, graduates will be able to pursue a career in aircraft component design and engineering, aircraft maintenance engineering, aviation engineering operations and management and many other areas.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

This programme will seek professional accreditation from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Career Prospects

Graduates will be able to seek employment as professional engineers in aviation engineering fields including aircraft component design, manufacturing and maintenance organisations, in air transportation and logistics organisations, airport engineering operation and civil aviation authorities.


Academic and Training Credits

  • For students with Level 2 or above in HKDSE Physics (or Combined Science with a component in Physics), or equivalent qualifications, the number of credits required for graduation is 124 academic credits and 10 Industrial Centre Practical Training credits.
  • For students without Level 2 or above in HKDSE Physics (or Combined Science with a component in Physics), or equivalent qualifications, an additional 3 credits of Introduction to Physics should be taken.


The 124 academic credits consist of 30 mandatory credits of General University Requirements (GUR) and 94 credits of Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR).


In the first year, students acquire broad knowledge in mathematics and science and learn about their role and responsibilities as an engineer, providing them with a strong foundation to learn aviation engineering dedicated subjects in the years that follow.


In the second year, students acquire fundamental knowledge of aircraft and aviation systems and gain hands-on experience in aircraft component manufacturing and maintenance processes. 


In the third year, students embark on more advanced subjects such as aircraft design, aviation safety, stability and control, propulsion systems and avionics systems. 


In the final year (i.e., the fourth year of the normal study pattern), students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in their final year project and focus their study on a desired elective stream to acquire specialised knowledge.


Students can choose to pursue one of the following study streams:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering*
  • Aerial Vehicle Autonomy
  • Aircraft Services Engineering
  • Pilot Ground Theory**


* Students who choose Aircraft Maintenance Engineering stream are eligible for attending B1.1, B2 aircraft maintenance trainings (subject to approval).

** Students who choose Pilot Ground Theory stream are eligible for attending an Extra Professional Training (EPT) if selected by airlines (subject to approval).


Summer internships, industrial visits, onsite experience sharing and industrial training are arranged to complement classroom teaching and enhance students’ learning and industrial experience in the field of aeronautics and aviation. Industrial training is provided by the PolyU Industrial Centre.


The programme covers a wide range of aviation engineering and societal knowledge including:

  • Aircraft Flight Mechanics, Dynamics and Stability
  • Aircraft Systems and Avionics
  • Aircraft Design and Structures
  • Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Aviation Safety, Reliability, Airworthiness and Compliance
  • Air Transport Operations


Work-Integrated Education

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete placement training for at least 2 full weeks in a suitable organisation.

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

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 23.2 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2017-18: 22.9 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2018-19: 22.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 2489; email:

Student Message

I was chosen to be in one of the very first cohorts of students in the programme of Aviation Engineering, and at first I was both nervous and excited. In the beginning, I had limited knowledge of the aviation industry, and of the theories, the working principles and of aircraft. I was passionate about acquiring as much knowledge about aviation as I could, so I tried very hard to learn the professional aspects, including the mechanical, electrical and electronic features of aviation. Although I encountered many difficulties in my study, the AAE department provided me with full support and resources.


Theoretical courses such as the introduction to the Aviation Industry, Mechanics and Material of Aircraft, Control Systems of Aircraft and Aerodynamics are provided to familiarise us with the operations of the aviation industry. Along with the Physics and Mathematics courses, we are now capable of understanding the sophisticated analyses. In addition to the theoretical courses, practical training courses are available in the Industrial Centre. From safety rules to practical work, such as actual fabrication and machining processes of aircraft components and materials, we are given opportunities to thoroughly apply what we have learnt in lectures and to be well prepared for our future careers in the aviation industry.


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Tsoi Chak Kam

As an aviation enthusiast I understand there will be a rapid expansion of the Hong Kong Aviation Industry in the near future, so I was sure I wanted to choose this programme to study. I believe it can lead me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional in the aviation sector. My first year study in Aviation Engineering helped me to build up a strong and solid foundation and strengthen my existing knowledge through practical exercises.


The Industrial Centre lessons provide engineering students with valuable hands-on experience such as operating a basic hydraulic system and using a soldering iron to join two pieces. We could also use software such as SOLIDWORKS to build our own toys, and I designed and created a simple toy plane. We were also able to use the 3D printer in the Industrial Centre to print the propeller we designed during the course “Freshman seminar for Engineering”. All these experiences provided a better insight into what aviation engineers do.


I am looking forward to exploring the many aviation-related subjects available in my next year of study.

Sin Ka Yin

As the Hong Kong International Airport is building a third runway, there will be a huge increase in the demand for aviation practitioners. My interest in airplanes led me to study Aviation Engineering (AE) in PolyU, to gain the knowledge and experience required to become a member of the aviation industry.


Although specific subjects such as aerodynamics, aircraft structures and propulsion will be only taught from the second year onwards, I believe that the fundamental courses of Mathematics and Physics that I took in my first study year will help me to build up a solid base for my future studies. Most of the courses encourage interactive learning, in which students are more engaged and willing to ask or answer questions during classes. In addition to traditional lectures, the programme also provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and apply theories learnt in the class through workshops in the Industrial Centre. I was able to build my own pneumatic system and to write a programme to control a PLC for the first time. Thanks to the comprehensive support the Department provided, I have completed a smooth and enjoyable year at PolyU, and we look forward to seeing you in the coming year!

Lee Long Hei

I am a first year intake student of the BEng (Hon) Aviation Engineering programme. Becoming an engineer has always been my dream and being an aviation engineer sounds even better. Therefore once I knew that PolyU was launching this programme, I applied without hesitation.


The past two years were interesting and rewarding. Academically, our school offered us excellent support. Engineering is based heavily on Mathematics and Physics, so it is particularly hard for those who have never studied Physics in secondary schools. Unfortunately, I was one of those students who had no basic knowledge of Physics. Luckily, our programme offers an Introduction to Physics course to help us acquire the basic knowledge before taking any engineering subjects. Outside the classroom, our Department offered various talks and field trips to us so we could find out more about the aviation industry. We have many opportunities to communicate with different professionals from different positions, such as pilots, CEOs and experts from aircraft companies. I was also given the opportunity to join a mentorship programme, and had an expert in the aviation industry as my mentor, which helped me to understand the industry better.

Li Chi Ching

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