BEng in Electronic Engineering

Degree Awarded:  BEng in Electronic Engineering

JUPAS Code: JS5200 (through admission to the School of Engineering) 

Abbreviated Title: BEng (ELEC)

Program Duration: Normally 4 years


Programme Outcomes(PO)

PO1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and Electronic and Computer Engineering.
PO2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
PO3 An ability to design efficient and economical Electronic and Computer Engineering systems, components or process subject to practical constraints.
PO4 An ability to function in a multi-disciplinary environment through teamwork.
PO5 An ability to identify, formulate and solve Electronic and Computer Engineering problems.
PO6 An ability to understand professional practices and ethical responsibilities.
PO7 An ability to communicate effectively.
PO8 An ability to understand contemporary global, regional, economic, environmental, and social issues, and the corresponding role and the impact of Electronic and Computer engineers.
PO9 An ability to recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning.
PO10 An ability to use current techniques, skills and engineering tools necessary for solving Electronic and Computer Engineering problems.
PO11 An ability to use the computer/IT tools relevant to the Electronic and Computer Engineering along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.


The Curriculum

The Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) has developed a unique and special major program for the 4-year curriculum following Outcome-Based Education (OBE). The curriculum design is based on being rewarding, relevant and fun while allowing for depth, breath and flexibility. We aim to enable students to learn fundamental ECE concepts and have balanced exposure to both engineering design and analysis, and help students develop an engineering problem-solving mindset.


Students will be admitted first to the School of Engineering rather than to individual programs. They will have at least one year to explore various programs before deciding on their major.






Research Option

Students may opt to graduate with or without an option. Students who take the Research Option must complete all requirements specified in addition to the major requirements.



Critical Milestones 

Students should follow critical milestones to ensure that they could graduate on schedule.



University Core and Required Courses

Science / Math courses provide essential background knowledge to prepare students for higher-level courses. All students are required to take two Science courses, two Calculus courses, and three out of four other Math courses. Introductory courses show students the big picture of ECE through two lab-based courses that all students must take early in their studies. Foundation courses provide students the core knowledge of ECE through four courses that all students must take as prerequisites for higher-level courses.



Area and Depth Courses

Area courses broaden students’ horizon in ECE and equip students with the necessary tools to proceed to advanced courses within the area. Students are required to take at least three out of six area courses. Depth courses (i.e. advanced courses) deepen students’ knowledge within the selected area. Students are required to take at least two depth courses.



Recommended Study Patterns

The recommended study patterns help students plan their studies in selected areas.



Major Requirements


Curriculum of Other Years of Entry

Students must adhere to the curriculum of the year of entry throughout their program of study. Details of the degree requirements can be found in Curriculum Handbook of the year of study.



Final Year Projects/Theses

All ECE students are required to complete a Final Year Project/Thesis (FYP/T). It is an excellent opportunity for them to synthesize the theory and experimental work they learned during the Program in order to complete the project.



Industrial Experience

All ECE students are required to undertake practical training as a compulsory graduation requirement. Students could gain valuable hands-on experience through training and enhance their understanding and appreciation of the knowledge acquired in classrooms and laboratories. To satisfy the practical training requirement, students may either complete an internship or the required Industrial Training modules.



Minor Program

Undergraduate students may enroll in a minor program in addition to their disciplinary major if they meet the enrollment conditions specified. On successful completion of both major and minor programs, the student will receive a degree in their major subject with a minor in their selected program. Students may also enroll in minor programs offered by other Schools in the university.

Minor Program in Robotics

The Minor Program in Robotics aims at providing interested students with a comprehensive selection of courses on robotics, control, and automation, allowing students to form a study pattern tailored to fit his/her own interest and focus. The courses in this Minor Program cover basic C programming, embedded systems, mechatronics design, control systems design, aerial robotics, machine learning, etc. Students are also required to complete a project-based course. The program will provide both theoretical foundation and hand-on experience to the students, enabling them to acquire sufficient and necessary tools and skills to solve practical and fundamental problems.


Minor Program in Sustainable Energy Engineering

The Sustainable Energy Engineering Minor is to provide the interested student with a comprehensive selection of courses on sustainable development and energy, thus allowing the student to formulate a study program catered to his/her own interest or emphasis. The courses in this Minor program will cover energy production, distribution, usage and storage, as well as the public policy context in which the flow of energy from production to consumption is regulated. Additionally, the program will help students understand both the environmental and economic impact of sustainable development, as well as the impact of policy and mandate on the promotion and adoption of sustainable energy.


IT Minor (with Computer Science & Engineering Program)

Total credit requirement: 18

Required courses:

  • COMP 1004 Programming Fundamentals & Methodology (4 credits) OR
  • COMP 2011 Introduction to Object-oriented Programming (4 credits)
  • COMP 2012 Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (4 credits)

Elective courses:

  • 10 credits of IT elective (~3 courses)
  • To be chosen from amongst any COMP courses (except COMP1001). Students may also use up to 6 credits of non-COMP courses (~2 courses) to count towards this requirement. Non-COMP courses include: 
ELEC 2300 Computer Organization
ELEC 4120 Computer Communication Networks
ELEC 4130 Digital Image Processing
ELEC 4170 Digital Media and Multimedia Applications
MATH 234 Discrete Structures


Recommended Study Pattern

Year / Term Course Course Course Course Course Course Total # of credits*
Year 1 / Fall Core English I MATH 1012 / 1013 / 1023 PHYS 1112 / 1312       9
Year 1 / Spring Core English II MATH 1014 / 1024 PHYS 1114 / 1314 SENG Intro     12-13
Year 2 / Fall ELEC 1100 COMP 1022P MATH 2011 MATH 2111 ELEC 2910   13
Year 2 / Spring ELEC 1200 ELEC 2200 ELEC 2300 LANG 2030 ELEC 2910 ELEC 1991 15
Year 3 / Fall ELEC 2100 / 2100H ELEC 3300 ELEC 2600 / 2600H COMP 2011 ELEC 3910 16
Year 3 / Spring ELEC 2400 ELEC 3100 / ELEC 3200 COMP 2012   ELEC 3910 12
Year 4 / Fall ELEC 4900 AREA 3 ELEC 4120 / 4130 LANG 4031     13
Year 4 / Spring ELEC 4900 DEPTH 2 / ELEC 4150 / 4160 / 4170 / 4330 IT Elective      


*120 credits in approved courses to graduate


Students may also enroll in minor programs offered by other Schools in the university.



Double Major

With the approval of the major department, undergraduate students can graduate with dual program designation (e.g. BEng in Electronic Engineering AND Computer Engineering), if they can complete the requirements of the two undergraduate programs within the normal period of study.



Exchange Programs

The University has established exchange programs with leading institutions, such as UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology in China, and is in active negotiation with a number of institutions. These exchange programs intend to provide opportunities for students to study abroad and enhance their international exposure and future career development.



Academic Advising

The ECE Department has set up several channels to help students in academic affairs: student advising courses and FYP supervisors. All students have a mentor for each year of their major study, and they should make use of these chances to ask questions and discuss academic issues (comment on courses, instructors, career planning, further study, etc.)


Professional Recognition

Our programs are recognized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates from our programs with honors will be deemed to have satisfied the educational requirement for Corporate Membership of HKIE.


Career Prospects

A wide variety of career paths are available to ECE graduates. Upon graduation, our graduates have taken positions in the industry as electronic engineers, communication engineers, system analysts and designers, information technologists, computer project managers and many other technical and managerial positions. A significant portion chooses to continue their study at the postgraduate level. Even graduates who choose not to pursue technical careers find that the engineering training they obtained at HKUST has given them a competitive advantage over their co-workers.

The list of our graduates' employers includes many world-class local and overseas companies, such as ASM, ASTRI, Fujitsu, Huawei, Hutchison, Lenovo, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, PCCW, Philips, Smartone, Solomon Systech, Varitronix, etc.



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