Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Environmental Engineering

CURRICULUM

Minimum Credit Requirement

 
MPhil/PhD: 15 credits

Credit Transfer

PhD students with a master’s degree in an Environmental Engineering or a closely related field may be granted credit transfer by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

Required Courses

Students are required to complete at least 15 credits of approved coursework taken from more than one department, including at least 9 credits from the following courses offered by the School of Engineering. A maximum of 6 credits of 4000-level undergraduate courses may be taken.
 
Course Course Title Credits
CENG5210 Advanced Separation Processes 3
CENG5840 Nanomaterials for Chemical Engineering Applications 3
CIVL4430 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
CIVL4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities 3
CIVL4470 Air Quality Control and Management 3
CIVL4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management 3
CIVL5410 Physical-Chemical Water/Wastewater Treatment 3
CIVL5420 Biological Waste Treatment 3
CIVL5430 Aquatic Chemistry 3
CIVL5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation 3
CIVL5460 Landfill Engineering and Design 3
CIVL5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment 3
MECH4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings 3
MECH5210 Fluid Dynamics 3
 
Students may take the following courses or other courses outside the School of Engineering to count toward the program requirements, subject to the prior approval from their thesis supervisors and the final endorsement of the Program Director.
Course Course Title Credits
ENVR5210 Environmental Microbiology 3
ENVR6050 Introduction to Oceanography 3
EVSM5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 3
SOSC5620 Sustainable Development 3

Students who do not have sufficient exposure to environmental courses need to take CIVL 3420 and/or CIVL 4470, or equivalent courses as advised by the EVNG Program Committee.

CIVL 3420 Water and wastewater Engineering 3 credit
CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management 3 credit

PhD students admitted to the program without a master’s degree may be required to take additional credits to fulfill the program requirements.

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 6800 Introduction Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 0 credit

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 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students 1 credit

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 6780 Career Development for Engineering Research Students 1 credit

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

English Language Requirement

LANG 5000 Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students 1 credit

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 5001 Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies 1 credit

Students are required to complete LANG 5001. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Program Director. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Postgraduate Seminar

EVNG 6050 Environmental Engineering Seminar 0 credit

MPhil:Students are required to complete EVNG 6050 for at least two regular terms, and present at least one seminar during their study.


PhD:Students are required to complete EVNG 6050 for at least four regular terms, and present at least two terms during their study.

PhD Qualifying Examination

To become a doctoral candidate, the student must pass a qualifying examination within the first 18 months of study. The qualifying examination involves the submission of a research proposal and an oral/written examination given by the Thesis Supervision Committee. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to establish the student’s ability to formulate and conduct original research in the chosen field of study.

Thesis Research

EVNG 6990 MPhil Thesis Research 0 credit
EVNG 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research 0 credit
MPhil:
i. Registration in EVNG 6990; and
ii. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
PhD:
i. Registration in EVNG 7990; and
ii. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.
 
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