The Program

Students who wish to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching can apply to join the Department's PhD program. This program emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. Students can design their program of study to suit their interests and needs. The program should cover a specialized area in industrial engineering and at least one minor area, and must be approved by the thesis advisory committee.
The PhD program seeks to develop a student's skills in identifying issues related to a theoretical problem or a practical application, formulating an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues, and independently creating an effective solution to the problem. Supervised by a Department faculty member, a PhD candidate is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.

Curriculum and Program Requirement
(Applicable to student cohort admitted from Fall 2021/22)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved coursework, including the following IEDA required courses.  Students entering with master's degrees from other universities may be granted credit transfer of up to 12 credits.

  • IEDA 5230 - Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • IEDA 5250 - Stochastic Models in Operations Research
  • IEDA 5270 - Engineering Statistics and Data Analytics

They must also:

  • take one 3-credit course at Engineering School (non-IEDA) 5000 level or above 
  • take and pass PDEV 6800 Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • take and pass PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students
  • take and pass ENGG 6780 Career Development for Engineering Research Students
  • pass the one-credit LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies course, though credit earned from LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward degree requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the approval of the Department Head and Postgraduate Coordinator, based on students’ background and/or the HKUST Language Center’s English proficiency assessment  
  • take and pass IEDA 6800 Departmental Seminar for at least four semesters during their residency. Part-time students may be exempted from this requirement
  • pass the qualifying examination, pass the preliminary oral examination to review and approve the student’s written research proposal, write a thesis and pass a final thesis examination

Further details on the program requirement and courses offered can be found at the PG Program Catalog and PG Course Catalog respectively.