Doctor of Engineering

School of Science and Technology Programmes Department of Construction and Quality Management Doctor of Engineering

Doctor of Engineering (DEng)

Programme Description

The Doctor of Engineering is a professional doctorate degree to prepare engineers to work at the highest level of the engineering profession. Graduates of the D.Eng. are problem solvers who can deploy technology knowhow to solve real engineering problem in an innovative way for the benefit of mankind, taking into account of the social, economic, environmental, political and institutional implications. These individuals are expected to further their career as a professional engineer in a business, industry or public environment.

Entry Requirements

Students admitted to the Doctor of Engineering (DEng) programme should have

  • A recognized Master’s degree in science, engineering or a related discipline
  • Applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements set by HKMU (showed in the table below) if their Bachelor’s Degrees or equivalent qualification did not adopt English as the medium of instruction.
Proficiency Test
Minimum score
TOEFL – paper-based
TOEFL – paper delivered
60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
TOEFL – internet based
79, with at least 19 in writing
Overall band score 6.5, with at least 6.0 in writing

Programme-specific Entry Requirement

Students admitted to the programmes should have a recognized master’s degree in

(a) Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Admission to the programme will be on a competitive basis, subject to, among other things, an admission quota as determined by the School and University from time to time.

A student admitted to the programme will be required to complete 24 or more credits of course work, depending on the background of the student, before proceeding to the research project. A typical part-time student will spend two years to complete the course work and another two years to conduct research and write the thesis. There is no credit exemption for the course work or thesis part of the programme.

Programme Requirement

The Doctor of Engineering programme will admit students in the Autumn term only. Students are required to complete the coursework and thesis.

(1) Completion of 12 credits of courses from a list of elective courses provided by the School of Science and Technology
(2) Completion of 12 credits of a mandatory course provided by the School of Science and Technology.
(3) Completion of Thesis

Elective course

Course codeCourse titleCredit UnitsFirst offer
ENVR 8050 SEFEcological Conservation and Environmental Assessment62023 Autumn
ENVR 8051 SEFEnvironmental Protection and Management62023 Autumn
ENVR 8087 SEFEnvironmental Leadership 122024 Spring
SCI 8012 SEFResearch and Technology Laboratory in Practice I92022 Autumn
SCI 8021 SEFMolecular Diagnostic Technology32022 Autumn
SCI 8023 SEFLaboratory Management and Accreditation32023 Spring
ENGG 8061 SEFDEng Seminar 32023 Spring
ENGG 8062 SEFIndustrial Case Study 32024 Spring

Core course

Course codeCourse titleCredit UnitsFirst offer
ENGG 9050 SEFEngineering Research Methods122023 Autumn


Course codeCourse titleCredit UnitsFirst offer
ENGG 9090 SEF*D.Eng. Thesis-2024 Spring
*Completed before 2027 Spring

Contact Information

Programme Information
Ir Dr Fanny Tang
Programme Leader
3120 2678
General Enquiry
3120 2732
WhatsApp: 4629 1842
WeChat: 4629 1842
Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5