The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics (Part time)

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Course Information

Registration period
30 Mar 2022 (Wed) - 30 Mar 2026 (Mon)
Price
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Study Mode
Duration
4 Year(s)
Language
English
Location
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Course Overview

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge in their chosen area of concentration, and training for engineering research and development. The program is highly suited to individuals who aspire to take a leading technical role in high value-added business organizations. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching. This program emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. Students can design their program of study to suit their interests and needs. The program should cover a specialized area in industrial engineering and at least one minor area. It also aims at developing students’ skills in identifying issues related to a theoretical problem or a practical application, formulating an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues, and independently creating an effective solution to the problem. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.

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

  1. An ability for original thinking and independent research;
  2. Identify issues related to a theoretical problem or a practical application;
  3. Formulate an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues;
  4. Independently create an effective solution to the problems;
  5. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to problems in industrial engineering and decision analytics; and
  6. Analyze, visualize and interpret data.

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

  1. An ability for original thinking and independent research;
  2. Identify issues related to a theoretical problem or a practical application;
  3. Formulate an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues;
  4. Independently create an effective solution to the problems and to to design and use the computer/IT tools to solve problems in industrial engineering and decision analytics;
  5. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to problems in industrial engineering and decision analytics; and
  6. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for solving data driven decision-making problems.

MPhil

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 4 years

PhD

  • Full-time: 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (without a relevant research master’s degree)
  • Part-time: 6 years

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement
MPhil: 15 credits

PhD: 24 credits

Credit Transfer
PhD students entering with master’s degrees from other universities may be granted credit transfer of up to 12 credits.

Required Courses
MPhil:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved postgraduate coursework, with at least 9 credits at 5000-level or above IEDA courses subject to the approval of the supervisor.

PhD:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved coursework, including the following IEDA required courses, and at least one 3-credit 6000-level course subject to the approval of the supervisor.

 

IEDA 5230Deterministic Models in Operations Research3 Credit(s)
IEDA 5250Stochastic Models in Operations Research3 Credit(s)
IEDA 5270Engineering Statistics and Data Analytics3 Credit(s)

School Requirements on PhD Programs
In addition to the program requirements, all full-time and part-time PhD students are required to complete the school requirements, which aim to help students gain a wider exposure to multidisciplinary areas, and attain all-rounded learning by broadening their knowledge base.


PhD students are required to take at least a 3-credit course at 5000-level or above outside their programs offered by the School of Engineering. The 3 credits may be satisfied by courses from other Schools upon approval.


In some exceptional cases where students can provide sufficient justifications and obtain prior approval from their supervisors, PG Coordinators, and Heads of Department/Program Directors or designees, they are allowed to take the 3-credit course within their home departments/programs but the course must be in areas outside their specialty.

Details of the requirements are available on the website of the School of Engineering.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
PDEV 6800Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education0 Credit(s)

All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

Professional Development Course Requirement

PDEV 6770Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the School.

 

ENGG 6780Career Development for Engineering Research Students1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete ENGG 6780. The 1 credit earned from ENGG 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed ENGG 6780 before may be exempted from taking ENGG 6780, subject to prior approval of the School.

 

English Language Requirement
LANG 5000Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

LANG 5001Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete LANG 5001. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the approval of the Department Head and PG Coordinator. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Postgraduate Seminar
IEDA 6800Departmental Seminar0 Credit(s)

MPhil:

Students are required to complete IEDA 6800 for at least two terms.


PhD:

Students are required to complete IEDA 6800 for at least four terms. Part-time students may be exempted from this requirement.

PhD Qualifying Examination
PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination and the preliminary oral examination to review and approve the student’s written thesis research proposal.

Thesis Research
IEDA 6990MPhil Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
IEDA 7990Doctoral Thesis Research0 Credit(s)

MPhil:

Registration in IEDA 6990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
PhD:

Registration in IEDA 7990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.



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