Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Transportation Systems Engineering

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 41481-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

Normally 70 (plus training credits)
The actual number of credits required will be determined by the number of credits transferred based on AD/HD academic results.

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

Professor Alan P.T. Lau

  • The programme is jointly offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • 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 and Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to make full use of the hugely versatile applications in the in-demand disciplines of electrical engineering and civil engineering to broaden the career opportunities of our graduates. Students are expected to acquire a solid understanding of the fundamentals of electrical engineering and civil engineering, and apply the knowledge gained and techniques learned to the relevant areas in transportation.

The programme philosophy focuses on the incorporation of up-to-date engineering knowledge into transportation to enhance the efficiency, reliability, safety and maintainability of infrastructure and services. Current practices in transportation, the latest technologies in transportation systems and their integration in the provision of engineering solutions for practical problems form the core of the programme.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is unique in Hong Kong, providing students with a direct career path into the high growth transportation industry and related sectors.

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

Seminars, industrial visits and overseas study tours are also 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) [61 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)
  • 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)
  • Transportation Engineering Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • Transportation Operations and Management (3 credits)
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering (3 credits)
  • Transportation Systems Analysis (3 credits)
  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion (3 credits)
  • Power Electronics and Drives (3 credits)
  • Power Transmission and Distribution (3 credits)
  • Linear Sysstems and Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • Control Systems and Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • Data and Computer Communications (3 credits)
  • Design of Transport Infrastructure (3 credits)
  • Traffic Surveys and Transport Planning (3 credits)
  • Transport Management and Highway Maintenance (3 credits)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credits)
  • Individual Project (6 credits)
  • Advanced Elective 1 (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 Fundamental (4 training credits)
  • Summer Practical Training (A minimum of 6 weeks) (3 training credits)
  • IC Training I (TSE) (4 training credits)


Work-Integrated Education

Students are required to take the Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component, which may 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 full accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Career Prospects

Graduates are expected to receive attractive offers from various government departments, public and private transportation service providers, civil, electrical and transportation engineering consultancies, and construction companies. They are well equipped to work in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas.

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

I was admitted to the Transportation Systems Engineering programme three years ago, and it has changed my life. The Department encourages students to gain insight from an international perspective. Therefore, I participated in an international summer programme in China and undertook an internship in Australia. Yet this comprehensive, structured programme not only focuses on the field of transportation but also outlines basic principles of electricity, which qualified me as a volunteer for setting up solar systems for villagers in Africa.

The Faculty of Engineering also encourages students to join international academic activities. I joined an exchange programme and studied in Europe for one semester. There is no doubt that this was the best way to develop international friendships, and it really enriched my life experience.

Ho Cheuk Fai

The BEng (Hons) in Transportation Systems Engineering programme is certainly one of the best choices for those who want to devote themselves to careers in the high-growth transportation sector. It is equipping me with comprehensive and up-to-date skills in the areas of electrical engineering, transportation, civil engineering, electronics, engineering economics and management, to name only a few. It also offers great placement opportunities that allow students to experience real-life work environments. All teaching staff in the Department possess professional skills and care for the all-round development of their students.

I have built a powerful network since beginning my studies through meeting students from different disciplines such as mechanical, industrial systems and electronic engineering, and computing, when attending service-learning classes and the Freshmen Seminar.

I am pleased to be studying Transportation Systems Engineering at PolyU. If you are interested in transportation, don’t hesitate to join us!

Lee Chun Yiu

While studying Transportation Systems Engineering at PolyU, I acquired knowledge of both electrical and transportation systems engineering. I also had the chance to learn about computer drawing and programming.

There are many opportunities for PolyU students to engage in summer internships outside Hong Kong. I worked in Shanghai for 6 weeks as an intern in a company's converter team. I gained a lot of knowledge related to my study. For example, I explored a squirrel cage asynchronous generator wind turbine system and a synchronous generator wind turbine system.

My final year project topic is the advanced control of a permanent magnet synchronous motor with reduced torque oscillation. With the support and guidance of my supervisor, I completed the project and learned more than I expected. I gained new inspiration in transportation systems engineering after finishing my final year project.    

If you are interested in the efficiency, safety and maintainability of infrastructures and services, PolyU is your best choice!

Wong Chun Chau

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


Selected applicants may be invited to attend an interview if needed