Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: 41470-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

Normally 61 (plus training credits)
The actual number of credits required will be determined by the transfer of credits granted based on AD/HD results.

Programme Intake
40 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Edward W.C. Lo
BSc, MPhil, PhD, JD, FHKIE

  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme provides in-depth coverage of electrical engineering according to an outcome-based education philosophy. The programme aims to produce engineers who are able to practise their profession in the broad area of electrical engineering which includes, but not limited to, electrical power systems, energy conversion and utilisation, transportation systems, environmental protection, control, computer and fibre-optic applications.

A modern electrical engineer should possess a broad-based education and adequate specialist knowledge to undertake high-level work in design, planning, supervision and manufacturing. The programme thus places emphasis on the mastery of fundamental principles and application of the latest engineering technology. Of equal importance is the training of leadership, entrepreneurship, and communication skills.

We encourage life-long learning so that graduates can keep abreast of new developments in engineering and technology.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is a major electrical engineering degree programme in Hong Kong that provides unique and up-to-date education in the interesting field of electrical power and energy.

The curriculum is designed to give a balanced treatment of university core requirements, electrical engineering fundamentals, advanced and specialist topics, and non-technical subjects such as economics and management.

Engineering practice is an integrated component of the curriculum. Student learning is supplemented by a variety of laboratory, training and project activities. Students also develop good presentation and problem-solving skills through mini-projects and final-year projects. They are required to take the Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component, which may be in the form of summer training or industry attachment.

Seminars, industry visits and overseas study tours are organized to broaden students' horizons.


The programme for senior year students consists of:

  • General University Requirement (GUR) subjects
  • Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) subjects
  • Training Credits
  • Work-Integrated Education

General University Requirement (GUR) [9 credits]

  • Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) (6 credits)
    Students should not take more than 3 credits from the same cluster area.  Students need to fulfil the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and 3 credits of the China Studies requirement (CSR).  Students can apply for a waiver if they have fulfiled the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and/or CSR requirement in their previous studies.
  • Service Learning (3 credits)
  • Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)
    Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous academic performance in AD/HD programmes will be required to take degree LCR subjects (3-6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese).


Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR) [52 credits out of the followings]

  • Basic Mathematics I – Calculus and Probability & Statistics (3 credits)
  • Basic Mathematics II – Calculus and Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • Physics I (3 credits)
  • Physics II (3 credits)
  • Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • Engineering Economics (3 credits)
  • Information Technology (3 credits)
  • Engineering Management (3 credits)
  • Project Management (3 credits)
  • Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • Mathematics II (3 credits)
  • Professional Communication in English (2 credits)
  • Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits)
  • Science (any ONE from Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, Biology, Chemistry) (3 credits)
  • Society and the Engineer (3 credits)
  • Applied Electromagnetics (3 credits)
  • Circuit Analysis (3 credits)
  • Electronics (3 credits)
  • Electrical Energy Systems Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • Analogue and Digital Circuits (3 credits)
  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion (3 credits)
  • Power Electronics and Drives (3 credits)
  • Power Transmission and Distribution (3 credits)
  • Systems and Control (3 credits)
  • Analysis Methods for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Computer Systems Principles (3 credits)
  • Linear Systems and Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • Electrical Services in Buildings (3 credits)
  • Electrical Machines (3 credits)
  • Power Systems (3 credits)
  • Individual Project (6 credits)
  • Advanced Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Advanced Elective 2 (3 credits)

Students are considered for credit transfers based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance.

Training Credits [11 credits]

  • Engineering Communication and Fundamentals (4 training credits)
  • Summer Practical Training (A minimum of 6 weeks) (3 training credits)
  • IC Training I (EE) (4 training credits)

Work-Integrated Education

Students are required to take the Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component, which can be in the form of summer training or industrial attachment.


Students may be required to take additional subjects if they do not have pre-requisite knowledge for all of the above subjects.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme has been granted provisional accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Career Prospects

Our graduates have numerous employment opportunities in engineering planning and design, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and servicing, engineering sales, and research.

Graduates are able to develop rewarding careers in major utility and transportation companies such as CLP Hong Kong Limited, the Hongkong Electric Company and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation. They are also employed by engineering consultant firms, contractor companies, international engineering enterprises, electrical product manufacturers, and the Government of the HKSAR (e.g. the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the Water Supplies Department, the Drainage Services Department and others).

Entrance Requirements

A Higher Diploma or an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering or a relevant discipline.


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

Student Message

Engineering, especially electrical engineering, is key to applying scientific knowledge in our daily lives. Innumerable electrical products are in use around the world, and electricity is so essential that we cannot imagine how we could sustain life without it. This programme includes a series of lectures, tutorials, lab classes and industrial training. During my summer internship, I used what I had learnt in class to complete most of my tasks.


The Department of Electrical Engineering also provides plenty of opportunities for students to broaden their horizons. Last year, I joined the Engineering Club and had the chance to participate in the MATE International Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition in Canada. I learnt a lot about how to produce a hi-tech machine to achieve specific goals. This was a valuable chance for me to meet other competitors overseas. I hope you will consider joining us!

Chow Yau Fun

It is with humility and profound gratitude that I am studying electrical engineering in PolyU. I am stepping into my final year in the programme, which provides students with knowledge in areas such as power systems, electrical machines and building services. This summer, I undertook an internship at the MTR Corporation. I found that the knowledge taught at PolyU was very work-oriented. I could apply it and gain so much valuable experience from the internship.


In addition to the fundamental knowledge, the Department also provides students with a wide range of exchange, scholarship and placements opportunities. Through these opportunities, I believe that students are well prepared before graduation, which is one reason why PolyU graduates have earned such a good reputation in the industry. I am glad to be ready to face my future.

Kwok Yi Man

As one of PolyU’s electrical engineering students entering the final year of their study, I am proud to say that its career-oriented and all-round curriculum makes the Electrical Engineering programme an irreplaceable choice for those who are interested in entering the power industry.


Students not only learn theories but also receive career coaching throughout the year. Different from ordinary lectures in which theory explanation occupies the major portion of learning hours, industrial training emphasises workplace skill development such as lighting design and motor circuit construction. Students can put what they have learnt into practice.


A comprehensive curriculum encouraging students’ all round development is provided apart from the career-oriented Majors. Service-learning subjects cultivate students’ leadership while Cluster Area Requirement subjects broaden their horizons in Chinese culture and polish their language abilities. Studying electrical engineering at PolyU will not only enrich your learning but also prepare you to be a professional engineer in the industry.

Li Chui Tin

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate



IELTS Test Report (Optional)

Interview Arrangement

Date: January to June
Mode:Individual interview

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their English proficiency and communication skills.


About 10-15 minutes


Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.