Since early 1990's, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have been evolving in developed countries to cope with transportation problems such as traffic congestion and road safety issues caused by a growing population and continuous urban development. ITS combines leading-edge information and communication technologies used in transportation and traffic management systems to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of transportation networks, reduce traffic congestion and enhance drivers’ and passengers’ experiences.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Intelligent Transportation aim to provide a well-rounded education as well as rigorous research training to prepare students to become versatile and knowledgeable professionals in intelligent transportation engineering and technologies. Areas of research may include computational modeling, floating car / floating cellular data, inductive loop / video vehicle / Bluetooth detection, information fusion from multiple traffic sensing modalities, collision avoidance systems, safety and security of unmanned aerial vehicle, green aviation technologies, public transportation systems such as railway systems, connected vehicles (CV), autonomous vehicles (AV), and shared mobility.
MPhil graduates should be able to demonstrate a good mastery of knowledge in transportation technology, system design and public policy aspects, making contributions to the industry.
PhD graduates should be capable of conducting high-quality original research, creating new knowledge, deriving valuable insights, and making tangible impacts to academia and the field.
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
1. General Admission Requirements of the University
Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.
2. English Language Admission Requirements
Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5
* refers to the total score in one single attempt
Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if
their first language is English, or
they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.
What You’ll Learn
Minimum Credit Requirement
MPhil: 15 credits
PhD: 21 credits
Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students.
Cross-disciplinary Core Courses
IIMP 6010Cross-disciplinary Research Methods I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6020Cross-disciplinary Research Methods II2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6030Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6040Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking II2 Credit(s)
All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.
Hub Core Courses
Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Systems Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.
Systems Hub Core Course
SYSH 5000Model-Based Systems Engineering2 Credit(s)
Other Hub Core Courses
FUNH 5000Introduction to Function Hub for Sustainable Future2 Credit(s)
INFH 5000Information Science and Technology: Essentials and Trends2 Credit(s)
SOCH 5000Technological Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship2 Credit(s)
Courses on Domain Knowledge
MPhil: minimum 9 credits of coursework
PhD: minimum 15 credits of coursework
Under this requirement, each student is required to take elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.
Sample Course List
To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.
INTR 5100Traffic Flow Theory3 Credit(s)
INTR 5200Intelligent Transportation Systems3 Credit(s)
INTR 5300Transportation Policy and Planning3 Credit(s)
INTR 5400Sustainable Aviation and Infrastructure3 Credit(s)
INTR 5500Railway Planning, Operations and Management3 Credit(s)
INTR 6000Special Topics in Intelligent Transportation3 Credit(s)
AESF 5610Air Transport System Overview3 Credit(s)
AESF 5640Air Traffic Management Overview3 Credit(s)
CIVL 5610Urban Transportation Networks Analysis3 Credit(s)
CIVL 5620Travel Demand Analysis3 Credit(s)
CIVL 5630Traffic Control Fundamentals3 Credit(s)
COMP 5212Machine Learning3 Credit(s)
ELEC 5650Introduction to Networked Sensing, Estimation and Control3 Credit(s)
IEDA 5230Deterministic Models in Operations Research3 Credit(s)
Additional Foundation Courses
Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity in related areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
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 Program Planning Committee.
SYSH 6780Career Development for Systems Hub Research Students1 Credit(s)
Students are required to complete SYSH 6780. The 1 credit earned from SYSH 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed SYSH 6780 or other equivalent professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking SYSH 6780, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.
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)
LANG 5002Postgraduate English for Business and Social Science Studies1 Credit(s)
LANG 5010Postgraduate English for Science Studies1 Credit(s)
Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.
INTR 6800Seminar in Intelligent Transportation0 Credit(s)
Full-time students must take and pass INTR 6800 at least twice, and present at least one seminar during their study, in addition to the oral defense of their MPhil thesis. Part-time students must take and pass INTR 6800 at least once, and present at least one seminar during their study, counting the oral defense of their MPhil thesis.
Full-time students must take and pass INTR 6800 at least four times, and present at least two seminars during their study, in addition to the oral defense of their PhD thesis. Part-time students and students entering with an HKUST MPhil degree must take and pass INTR 6800 at least twice, and present at least one seminar during their study, counting the oral defense of their PhD thesis.
PhD Qualifying Examination
PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.
INTR 6990MPhil Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
INTR 7990Doctoral Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
Registration in INTR 6990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
Registration in INTR 7990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.