Our Programme

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers widely recognized, high-quality educational programmes both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, we offer undergraduate BEng(ME) degree programme. At the postgraduate level, we offer an "MSc(Eng) in ME" and an "MSc(Eng) in BSE" programmes which are taught programmes based on coursework, and the research-based MPhil and PhD programmes.

Undergraduate

BEng(ME)

Taught Postgraduate

MSc(Eng) in ME/BSE

Occasional Students

MSc(Eng) in ME

Minor of

Innovation and Design

Taught Postgraduate

MSc(Eng) IDT

Research Postgraduate

MPhil & PhD

Teaching Areas

Since early times, mechanical engineers have been responsible for the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems such as automobiles, ships, airplanes, heating and cooling systems, industrial equipment and machineries, etc. Over the past few decades, the accelerated growth in scientific knowledge and technology has brought about a significant change in mechanical engineering, both in its education and practice as a profession. For instance, with the rapid advances in computer technology, mechanical engineers are now extensively using computer aided engineering (CAE) tools to undertake design and analysis. To keep pace with the technological advancements, our mechanical engineering degree curricula are structured to bring students quickly to the frontier of knowledge in a wide range of fascinating fields. Our graduates are also imparted with an awareness of the impact of engineering developments on society, professional ethics and the ability to communicate and cooperate with personnel in other disciplines. As a matter of fact, many of our graduates are now assuming very senior technical and managerial positions in a great variety of industries including utility services, building services, manufacturing and environmental consultancy services.

Aeronautical

Engineering

Control, Automation &

Instrumentation

Energy &

Environment

Materials &

Nano-technologies

Building Services

Engineering

Design & 

Manufacturing

Engineering Management,

Economics & Ethics

Mechanics of

Fluids

Biomechanical

Engineering

Dynamics, Vibration &

Acoustics

Engineering

Mathematics

Mechanics of

Solids

Thermal

Engineering

Programme Objectives

Undergraduates &

Postgraduates

Rely on the programme for training and inspiration toward becoming productive engineers.

Faculty

Responsible for educating and training our students, ensuring that student outcomes are attained, and enabling the Programme Objectives.

Employers, Internship & Project Sponsors,

Scholarship/Prize Donors, Alumni

Provide supports to our programme.  Expect the programme to instill knowledge and professional practice skills into our students. Employ our students and expect well-trained professionals.

Depth

Graduates possess an understanding of the fundamental knowledge prerequisite for the practice of, or for advanced study in mechanical engineering and building services engineering, including its scientific principles, rigorous analysis, and creative design.

PO(1)

an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering appropriate to the BSE and ME disciplines

PO(2)

an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to critically analyse and interpret data

PO(3)

an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability;

an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

Depth

Graduates possess broad education, including problem-solving skills and knowledge of important current issues in engineering, necessary for productive careers in the public or private sectors, or for the pursuit of graduate education.

PO(5)

an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

PO(11)

an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice appropriate to the BSE and ME disciplines and understand their limitations

PO(8)

an ability to critically analyse the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to both workers and the general public

PO(9)

an ability to stay abreast of contemporary issues

PO(12)

an ability to use the computer/IT tools relevant to the BSE and ME disciplines along with an understanding of their processes and limitations

Professionalism

Graduates demonstrate skills for clear communication and responsible teamwork, and professional attitudes and ethics, so that they are prepared for the complex modern work environment and for lifelong learning.

PO(4)

an ability to function constructively on multi-disciplinary teams

PO(6)

 an ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility

PO(7)

an ability to communicate effectively

PO(10)

an ability to recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning

University’s Educational Aims

Educational Aims and Institutional Learning Outcomes for Ug Curricula

Benchmarked against the highest international standards, the 4-year undergraduate curriculum at HKU is designed to enable our students to develop their capabilities in:

Aim 1:   Pursuit of academic/professional excellence, critical intellectual inquiry and life-long learning

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of specialist disciplines and professions

  • Maintain highest standards of intellectual rigor and academic integrity

  • Critique and apply received knowledge from multiple perspectives

  • Sustain intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for learning

Aim 2:   Tackling novel situations and ill-defined problems

  • Respond positively to unanticipated situations and problems

  • Identify and define problems in unfamiliar situations

  • Generate and evaluate innovative solutions to problem

Aim 3:   Critical self-reflection, greater understanding of others, and upholding personal and professional ethics

  • Maintain highest standards of personal integrity and ethical practice in academic, social and professional settings

  • Heighten awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses

  • Respect individual differences and preferences

Aim 4:  Intercultural communication, and global citizenship

  • Heighten awareness of own culture and other cultures

  • Develop cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills for engagement with people of diverse cultures

  • Perform social responsibilities as a member of the global community

Aim 5:   Communication and collaboration

  • Communicate effectively in academic, professional and social settings, making appropriate use of available technology

  • Work with others and make constructive contributions

Aim 6:   Leadership and advocacy for the improvement of the human condition

  • Play a leading role in improving the well-being of fellow citizens and humankind

  • Uphold the core values of a democratic society: human rights, justice, equality and freedom of speech

  • Participate actively in promoting the local and global social, economic and environmental sustainability

Educational Aims and Institutional Learning Outcomes for TPg Curricula

 

Benchmarked against the highest international standards, the taught postgraduate curricula at HKU are designed to enable our students to develop their capabilities in:

 

Aim 1:   Critical intellectual enquiry and acquiring up-to-date knowledge and research skills in a

discipline/profession

  • Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills and practices and thinking in a discipline/profession

  • Critically evaluate new knowledge and research skills of specialist disciplines and professions from a range of global sources

  • Demonstrate enhanced analytical skills

Aim 2:   Application of knowledge and research skills to practice or theoretical exploration, demonstrating         

originality and creativity

  • Apply disciplinary knowledge to practice or theoretical exploration creatively

  • Employ research skills in practice or theoretical exploration in an original way

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the appropriate application of knowledge and research skills to practice or theoretical exploration

  • Apply knowledge and skills in a broad range of professional work activities, drawing on relevant local, regional and international experience

Aim 3:   Tackling novel situations and ill-defined problems

  • Respond positively to unanticipated situations and problems

  • Identify and define problems in unfamiliar situations

  • Generate and evaluate innovative solutions to problems

  • Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in novel situations

 

Aim 4:   Collaboration and communication of disciplinary knowledge to specialists and the general public

  • Work with others in a constructive manner to complete tasks

  • Negotiate with others in making a decision

  • Communicate ideas professionally, making appropriate use of available technology

  • Effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge with key stakeholders locally, regionally and internationally

 

Aim 5:   Awareness of and adherence to personal and professional ethics

  • Maintain highest standards of personal integrity and ethical practice in academic and professional settings

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of global best practice in personal and professional ethics

 

Aim 6:   Enhancement of leadership and advocacy skills in a profession

  • Play a leading role in professional settings

  • Articulate ideas effectively and motivate others to action

  • Address critical issues and make contribution to change and development in the profession

  • Attain familiarity with global best practice in the profession

(This educational aim applies only to professional curricula.)

Download ME Programme Performance Criteria