The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Science Program in IC Design Engineering (Full time)

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Course Information

HKD 147,000
(Full-time: HK$147,000
Part-time: HK$120,000

New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. Students who take additional courses or need to retake any courses are required to pay additional fee.)
Study Mode
1 Year(s)

Course Overview

Hong Kong is rapidly shifting to a knowledge-based economy. There is an increasing need to upgrade the knowledge of the professional workforce, particularly on subjects which are related to modern technological advances in the fields of information technology and integrated circuit (IC) design engineering.

IC technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come.

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in IC Design Engineering is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge in microelectronic engineering, or upgrade their knowledge in the subjects of IC design engineering.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, analyze and design integrated circuits and systems for various applications;
  2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret the resultant data;
  3. Use appropriate simulation tools to help design integrated circuits and systems with good understanding of their limitations and optimization;
  4. Design and simulate basic integrated circuits and systems subject to practical constraints; and
  5. Communicate effectively design choices and considerations via oral presentations and written reports.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement

26 credits

Credit Transfer 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director and the University regulations governing credit transfer, a maximum of 3 credits can be transferred to the program.

Required Courses

22 credits

EESM 5000CMOS VLSI Design3 Credit(s)
EESM 5020Digital VLSI System Design and Design Automation3 Credit(s)
EESM 5060Embedded Systems3 Credit(s)
EESM 5100Analog IC Analysis and Design3 Credit(s)
EESM 5120Advanced Analog IC Analysis and Design3 Credit(s)
EESM 5200Semiconductor Devices for Integrated Circuit Designs3 Credit(s)
EESM 5310Power Management Circuits and Systems2 Credit(s)
EESM 5320Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits Design2 Credit(s)
EESM 5900*Special Topics3 Credit(s)
* Students may take EESM 5900 for a maximum of 6 credits.

Alternatively, subject to prior approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits from outside this list offered by other programs. These 9 credits may include:

EESM courses not in the above list, and
A maximum of 3 credits of non-EESM courses.

The availability of courses offered by other programs may be subject to quota limitations imposed by individual programs.

MSc Project

Students must complete 4 credits of EESM 6980.

EESM 6980MSc Project1-4 Credit(s)


Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.

Students failing to meet the graduation grade average (GGA) requirement of 2.850 or above are required to repeat or take additional course(s) even if they attain passing grades for all courses.

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