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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aviation Engineering

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3507

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation
  • 124 (plus 10 training credits)
  • Students without Physics in their entry qualifications are required to take 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 for this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to produce highly skilled graduates with:

  1. In-depth understanding of the operation of aviation engineering including aircraft and aviation systems, airworthiness and up-to-date technologies, as well as specialised knowledge in a chosen stream of study.
  2. Competence to handle different engineering problems academically and practically in the aviation industry.
  3. Sufficient knowledge to manage and solve problems through effective and efficient project management and planning.
  4. Confidence in communication with different stakeholders by the use of state-of-the-art technologies and aviation language (both English and Chinese).


Programme Characteristics

The Aviation Engineering programme aims to train students to become aeronautical and aviation engineers with strong skills in and in-depth knowledge of engineering and engineering management, as well as a sense of social and environmental responsibility. Graduates will be able to pursue careers in aircraft component design and engineering, aircraft maintenance engineering, aviation engineering operations and management and many other areas.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

This programme has been granted provisional accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Full accreditation will be sought in 2020.


Career Prospects

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



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, 124 academic credits and 10 Industrial Centre Practical Training credits are required for graduation.
  • 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).


First Study Year

Students receive a broad education in mathematics and science, and learn about the role and responsibilities of an engineer, providing them with a strong foundation for learning subjects dedicated to aviation engineering in the years that follow.


Second Study Year

Students acquire fundamental knowledge of aircraft and aviation systems and gain hands-on experience of aircraft component manufacturing and maintenance.


Third Study Year

Students embark on more advanced subjects such as aircraft design, aviation safety, stability and control, propulsion systems and avionics systems.


Final Study Year

Students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in their final-year project and focus on a desired elective stream to acquire specialised knowledge.


Stream of Study

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

  • Aircraft Services Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering*
  • Introduction to Pilot Ground Theory**


* Students who opt-for HKAR147 (B1.1) licenced aircraft engineer training are required to choose the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering stream.

** Students who are interested in attending the Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) upon graduation are strongly recommended to attend these four electives.


Other Learning Experiences

Summer internships, industrial visits, on-site 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 provides aviation engineering and societal knowledge in a wide range of areas, including:

  • aircraft flight mechanics, dynamics and stability;
  • aircraft systems and avionics;
  • aircraft design and structures;
  • aircraft propulsion systems; and
  • aviation safety, reliability, airworthiness and compliance.


Work-Integrated Education

Students are required to receive at least two weeks of full-time WIE training in a suitable organisation before graduation.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology

Admission Score Calculation

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

2020-21: 19.4 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

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

Student Message

Student Message

As an aviation enthusiast, I know that there will be a rapid expansion of Hong Kong's aviation industry in the near future, so I was sure that I wanted to choose this programme. I believe that it will help 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's lessons provide engineering students with valuable hands-on experience of tasks such as operating a basic hydraulic system and using a soldering iron. We have also had the chance to use software such as SOLIDWORKS to build our own toys. I designed and created a simple toy plane. During the course Freshman Seminar for Engineering, we were able to use the 3D printer in the Industrial Centre to print the propellers we had designed. All of these experiences have given me a deeper understanding of 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

With the construction of the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport, there will be a huge increase in the demand for aviation practitioners. My interest in aeroplanes led me to study Aviation Engineering at 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 are only taught from the second year onwards, I believe that the fundamental courses in Mathematics and Physics that I took in my first study year have helped me to build a solid base for my future studies. Most courses encourage interactive learning, so students are engaged and willing to ask and answer questions during class. In addition to traditional lectures, the programme provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and apply theories learned in class through workshops in the Industrial Centre. I was able to build my own pneumatic system and write a program 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. We look forward to meeting you in the coming year!

Lee Long Hei

My name is David and I am a second-year intake student in the BEng(Hons) Aviation Engineering programme. I first became interested in aviation, especially piloting, while playing a flight simulator game on a computer. To obtain more professional aviation knowledge and skills, I chose to study Aviation Engineering at PolyU.


The Aviation Engineering programme enriches students' aviation background in many ways.

  • In terms of knowledge, we learn about a wide range of aviation subjects, such as aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, flight mechanics, airplane performance and aircraft structures. 
  • In terms of experience, our department has lots of aviation resources and equipment, such as an Airbus 320 flight simulator, three GA simulators, an open wind tunnel, a gas turbine and a virtual turbofan engine test bench. These can be used for flight training, experiments and research.
  • In terms of understanding, our division sometimes organizes career talks and sharing. The speakers include pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers. Their stories give us insights into various careers in the aviation industry.


All in all, Aviation Engineering is helping me to realise my dream of becoming a pilot.


I am a first-year intake student in the BEng(Hons) Aviation Engineering programme. Becoming an engineer has always been my dream, and being an aviation engineer sounds even better. Therefore, as soon as I found out that PolyU was launching this programme, I applied without hesitation.


The last two years have been interesting and rewarding. Academically, our school offers us excellent support. Engineering is based heavily on mathematics and physics, so it is particularly hard for those who have never studied physics at secondary school. Unfortunately, I was originally one of these students, with 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 offers various talks and field trips to enable us to find out more about the aviation industry. We have many opportunities to communicate with professionals holding various positions, such as pilots, CEOs and experts from aircraft companies. I also had the chance 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

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


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


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