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The Degree Program
New "Engineering Plus" Education with Increased Flexibility

The new engineering program is designed with the following philosophy:

  • Develop basic transferable skills, such as communications, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, etc.
  • Focus on engineering fundamentals for further development as engineers or researchers
  • Provide sufficient breadth for effective functioning in a chosen specialty while maintaining flexibility for broadening into other areas of interest
  • Challenge students with research-type and open-ended problems to stimulate self-learning and improve problem-solving skills



Under the 4-year School-based program, all students will be admitted first to the School rather than to individual programs. They will have at least one year to explore various programs before deciding on their major departments. The engineering curriculum has flexibility for students to take other minors or a second major beyond the first major program, enabling students to pursue other areas of interests.

In the first year of study, students will acquire foundation knowledge in science and quantitative methods in preparation for the engineering education as well as a broad-based common core education, which aims to enrich students’ overall undergraduate experience, complementing studies in specialist disciplines and other learning opportunities.

Upon completion of the first year, students will select a department within the School. All Bachelor of Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

The four-year curriculum requires around 120 credits. The new curriculum encompasses a student-centered and broad-based program structure, enabling students to excel in areas of their choices, and an all-round educational experience in preparation for a diverse range of career options, in accordance with their individual interests and career aspiration.