PhD in Microelectronics

General

Program Description

Microelectronics is a cornerstone of the Information Age. It is concerned with studies in integrated electronic/photonic circuits, system architectures, and design automation. It integrates novel electronic and photonic devices into circuits; architects computing, networking, and sensing systems; and automates their design and optimization.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in Microelectronics aims to provide rigorous training in the fundamental theories, key technologies, and industrial practices of microelectronics. Students will be trained to investigate novel electronic and photonic devices for analog and digital circuits; explore advanced architecture for post Moore's Law computing, networking, and sensing systems; and create intelligent design automation tools and methodologies. The program will also offer modern pedagogical training to prepare research students with specialized and transferrable skills in post Moore's Law integrated circuits and systems that serve the industries.

A candidate for a Ph.D. degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in microelectronics research and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to microelectronics technologies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Ph.D. program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify scientific and engineering significances in microelectronics;
  2. Engage critical thinking skills that are essential for microelectronics research;
  3. Apply systematic research methodologies to advance theories, create methodologies, or innovate technologies in microelectronics; and
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in reporting scientific findings.

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

i. 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.

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80*
  • TOEFL-pBT: 550
  • 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.

This program is for HKUST(Guangzhou) Pilot Scheme Admission.

For more program information, please refer to pg.ust.hk/programs

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Situated at the heart of Asia, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and distinguished research university in Hong Kong. Ranked No. 27 in the World in the QS World Univ ... Read More

Situated at the heart of Asia, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and distinguished research university in Hong Kong. Ranked No. 27 in the World in the QS World University Rankings (2020), HKUST offers a wide selection of research postgraduate studies in Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Studies, and Public Policy leading to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. All programs are taught in English. Read less