Professional Doctorate in Engineering Management


Program Description

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Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to develop students' creative thinking by tackling important strategic industrial projects and meeting the specific needs of the industry. Students will pursue the study of engineering management and industrial research of a high order while carrying on with their professional duties. The originality and value of the students' research will be assessed within their specific professional and industrial contexts. As professional activity is usually multi-disciplinary and business- and management-driven, the programme will include a wide variety of coursework on Engineering Management. The programme provides an integrated curriculum of theory, practice and research to develop professionals' creative thinking and capabilities in the application of knowledge to solve important strategic problems in the industry.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to a professional doctorate programme, applicants must meet the University’s general entrance requirements and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in a related engineering discipline/profession (or equivalent qualification)* from a recognised university; and
  • Have at least five years’ recent work experience at a senior level.
  • The University may prescribe other additional entry qualifications, as deemed appropriate.

* Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University.

Applicants from a university where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A TOEFL total score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test); or 59 (revised Paper-delivered test; the sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores); or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Band 6 in mainland China’s College English Test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Course Description

The programme comprises a taught component and a research component.

Taught Component:

The taught component comprises 9 credit units of core courses and 12 credit units of elective courses. The taught courses available to ENGDEM students comprehensively cover a mixture of technology, innovation management and experience to provide the industry with competent and knowledgeable managers in the fields of technology and innovation.

Core Courses:

The industry is in great need of people who can implement new technologies and knowledge in business. The core courses are designed to equip students to meet the immediate needs of industry for innovative application and implementation of state-of-the-art knowledge and technology.

  • EngD Seminar
  • Integrative Engineering Management
  • Research Methods in Engineering Management


There will be a series of electives in engineering management.

Research Component:

The research component comprises a 36 credit units thesis with a normal duration of 3 years.

Research areas:

Quantitative Modelling and System Analysis

  • Data Mining
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Operational Research and Decision Sciences
  • Quality Engineering and Management
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • System Informatics

Innovation and Technology Management           

  • Engineering Asset Management
  • Green Manufacturing Systems
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge Management
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Project Management
  • Production and Operations Management

Key Facts

  • Year of Entry: 2021
  • Application Deadline: Application will begin on 17 November 2020.
  • Mode of Study: Combined †
  • Mode of Funding: Non-government-funded
  • Indicative Intake Target: 5 (The programme can admit more students based on the candidates’ academic merit and work experience.)
  • Minimum Number of Credits Required: 57
  • Class Schedule:
    • Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons 
  • Normal Study Period:
    • 4 years
  • Maximum Study Period:
    • 6 years


This programme is self-financed without studentship.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a leading global university excelling in research and professional education. The establishment of the new College of Engineering could not have come at a bette ... Read More

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a leading global university excelling in research and professional education. The establishment of the new College of Engineering could not have come at a better time. Five years from now, the world will be different. Technology advances at an unprecedented pace. As such, it is our responsibility as a university to equip our students with a mindset that will inspire them to continue learning. The new college has eight focused academic departments. Together, they cover a vibrant spectrum of engineering fields and promote academic synergy and communication within the college. Read less