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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 05002

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering

Stream Code

NE (Full-time)
EET (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$4,700 per credit for local students
HK$5,465 per credit for non-local students

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
A total of 12 fellowships shall be awarded to local students. Please click here for details.

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

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. A-ping Zhang


Note to Applicants

  • We have a limited quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

We provide advanced study opportunities for electrical engineers who work in power and electricity utilisation industries, electrical product manufacturing industries, government organisations, and contracting and consulting companies. Our students gain in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art advancements 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 a broad perspective and allows them to take subjects in related technical fields, such as communications, computing, marketing, management and information sciences. The programme also allows students to take a combination of subjects and provides three specialism options:

  • ​​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 (Electric Vehicles and Power Electronics)
    電機工程學理學碩士學位 (電動車輛及電力電子)
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering (Railway Systems)*
    電機工程學理學碩士學位 (鐵路系統)*


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

Recognition & Prospects

Upon successful completion of the required content of the respective awards, students will graduate with a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in any one of the following areas (specialisms):

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering (Electrical Power Systems)
  • Electrical Engineering (Electric Vehicles and Power Electronics)
  • Electrical Engineering (Railway Systems)


Graduates of this programme have in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in electrical engineering and are able to undertake advanced technical and managerial work in electrical engineering and 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 per week over a 13-week semester. Full-time students normally take three to five subjects per semester. Part-time students normally take 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 (Electric Vehicles and Power Electronics)/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 basis. 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. Upon registration, students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available for selection.

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


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/feng/05002.

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 and/or 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 take tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Other Information
  • ​Suitable candidates may be invited to attend interviews (face-to-face, telephone or online 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 online delivery.
  • The Department reserves the right not to offer any one of the EE subjects. The offer of subjects is subject to review and change if deemed appropriate by the Department.
  • 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.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. A-ping Zhang (tel: (852) 3400 3336; email: azhang@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.