Smart Manufacturing refers to the fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the smart factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs. It is the use of real-time data and cutting-edge technologies to support factories to make effective and accurate engineering decisions and create highly differentiated, cost-effective and competitive products that match the market needs.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Smart Manufacturing aim to provide students with a detailed understanding of each level of the manufacturing process, combining skills in mathematics, science and business to prepare them in developing innovative ways of systems design and product production. The program design focuses on providing fundamental knowledge as well as hands-on training in the curriculum. Students graduating from the program will be versatile and well-equipped to derive valuable insights and make sound decisions. The programs will also offer new pedagogical training to prepare research students with specialized and transferrable skills to cope with new manufacturing engineering settings.
A graduate of the MPhil Program should be able to demonstrate a good mastery of knowledge in process engineering, system design and management aspects of manufacturing; establish competitive advantages for company; and formulate strategies to meet challenges.
A graduate of the PhD Program should be capable of conducting high-quality original research, creating new knowledge, showing valuable insights and making significant contribution to academia and the field.
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.
SMMG 5100Introduction to Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things3 Credit(s)
SMMG 5200Global Manufacturing3 Credit(s)
SMMG 5300Models in Human-Machine Systems3 Credit(s)
SMMG 5400Design for Additive Manufacturing3 Credit(s)
SMMG 5500Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging3 Credit(s)
SMMG 6000Special Topics in Smart Manufacturing3 Credit(s)
ELEC 5070Microelectronics Fabrication Technology3 Credit(s)
IEDA 5170Advanced Production Planning and Control3 Credit(s)
MECH 5520Theories and Practice of CAD/CAM/CAE3 Credit(s)
MECH 5550Precision Machining3 Credit(s)
MECH 5980Processes in Manufacturing Systems3 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 studentsare 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.
SMMG 6800Seminar in Smart Manufacturing0 Credit(s)
Full-time students must take and pass SMMG 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 SMMG 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 SMMG 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 SMMG 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.
SMMG 6990MPhil Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
SMMG 7990Doctoral Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
Registration in SMMG 6990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
Registration in SMMG 7990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.