PhD Programme

Faculty-wide Compulsory Course Credits

The course focuses on helping students to make academic presentations whether verbally (as in a conference) or in writing (as in a paper). Topics include:

  • How to structure a presentation (on paper and in power point)
  • Tenses used in various parts of a paper presentation
  • How to structure clear logical paragraphs
  • How to be concise
  • How to avoid ambiguity and different writing styles (for example, conventions for use of numbers, abbreviations, etc.)

This course aims to provide PhD students with research skills that are essential to become a successful researcher. The need for research ethics and the responsibility of the researcher (the student) and to avoid committing acts of academic dishonesty (such as through using citations and references). The topics of this course will include research methodology, professional ethics and academic integrity, and oral presentation and paper writing techniques. Students will be required to perform a literature survey, to construct a research proposal, and to write a paper summary in the style of formal scientific paper, in one of their familiar research topics.

Department-wide Compulsory Course  

Any specialized topic in Electromechanical Engineering chosen by staff member who has experience in that particular field, but the topic is not covered by the other postgraduate courses.


An independent investigation under the supervision of a faculty staff member.

  Grand Total 25
Other Course(s): Credits
For students admitted without a relevant Master’s degree:  
5 Required Elective Courses from the list of elective courses in Master Degree Programme in Electromechanical Engineering 15
Grand Total 40

List of Required Elective Courses (3 credits for each course)


Atomic Theory: Hydrogen atom, Angular momentum and Pauli Exclusion Principle, Energy levels of atom, Energy bands, Fermi energy. Defects of materials. Dislocation: Edge dislocation, Screw dislocation, Burgers vector, Dislocation density, Elastic property of dislocation, Force on dislocation, Stress field and strain energy of dislocation, Dislocation motion and interaction, Dislocations in real crystal, Dislocations observation. Atomic structures and properties of some new materials.


Principle of minimum potential energy; Principle of minimum complementary energy; Ritz method; Galerkin method; Kantonowitch method; Treffiz method; Hellinger-Reissner principle; Hu-washizu principle; Lagrange multiplier; High order Lagrange multiplier; Variational principle of non-linear elasticity; Methods for establishing generalized variational principle; Variational principle and the relating theorems in limit analysis; Applications for FEM, for limit analysis, for to find solutions and for to derive formulas; Developments in research work.


Mechanical system interfacing; Combinational digital logic; Synchronous sequential logic; Asynchronous sequential logic; Register transfer logic; Embedded control computers; Analog digital conversion; Position and velocity measurement; Operational amplifiers for analog signal processing; Power amplifiers.


Application of fundamental principles of single- and two-phase fluid dynamics and heat transfer to the design and analysis of different types of heat exchangers, such as double pipe heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, fin-plate heat exchangers, cross flow heat exchangers.


Convective heat transfer occurs in almost all branches of engineering applications. This course will cover the followings. The equation of convective heat transfer, the differential equation for the boundary layer, the integral equation of the boundary layer, momentum and heat transfer for the laminar internal and external flow, the momentum and heat transfer for the turbulent internal and external flow, natural and mixed convections.


The purpose of this course is to use computational method to investigate heat transfer and fluid flow and other related processes that occur in engineering equipment. This course will cover: Discretization method. Explicit and implicit methods for heat conduction. Upwind, exponential, hybrid and power-law schemes for convection. Calculation of flow field use various algorithms.


Renewable energy resources. Solar energy, wind power, wave and tidal power, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power. Environmental assessment of alternative energy resources. Conventional energy resources, fossil fuel in solids, liquid and gaseous states. Nuclear energy. Energy analysis, energy economics, energy and society. Energy and the third world, energy conservation and energy policies.


Analyzes kinematic characteristics of planar and spatial manipulators. Differential kinematics and statics. Dynamics. Trajectory planning. Introduction to feedback control of physical system behavior. State-space and functional descriptions of linear and nonlinear systems. Feedback, stability, and robustness. Design of PID controllers and compensators. Interaction control. Actuators and sensors. Robot control architecture.


Basics of fluid flow and hydro-mechanics. Advanced pneumatic power systems. Advanced hydraulic power systems. Fluidics. Fluid logic control circuits. Modelling of fluid power systems. Fluid power system control. Dynamic analysis and simulation of fluid power systems. Fluid power plumbing and maintenance.


Laser physics, types of lasers and laser radiation for material processing, laser hazards & safety, laser optics and beam delivery systems, laser beam interaction with materials, laser materials processing : laser surface engineering, laser cutting, laser welding, laser drilling, laser marking, laser selective sintering.


In industry, material degradation of components and equipment arises from one or more of the three modes: wear, corrosion and fracture. The lifetime of the component is determined by the interaction among materials properties, component design, and the application conditions. This course intends to give a comprehensive knowledge on materials degradation and preventive methods by surface engineering. In addition, the fabrication of microelectronic devices will also be introduced in this course. This course focuses on the following topics: Surfaces: Their Nature, Roughness & Characterization; Corrosion; Tribology; Friction, Wear & Lubrication; Surface Treatment & Coating Technology.


To introduce the most advanced technologies in the field of thermal engineering according to recent literatures/ publications in indoor air quality, ventilation and energy saving and advanced HVAC systems.


To introduce the most advanced technologies in the field of thermal engineering according to recent literatures/ publications in single and multi-phase heat transfer and its applications.


Introduction to road vehicles. Modern internal combustion (IC) engine construction. Fuels and combustion. Thermodynamic analysis of IC engines. Advances in IC engines. Electronic fuel injection. Variable valve actuation. Turbocharging and supercharging. Advanced electronic control technology. Emission control. Engine characteristics and performance measurement. Engine trouble-diagnosis. Advanced automotive drive trains, braking, steering and suspension systems. Safety devices. Racing technology. Vehicle aerodynamics. Chassis engineering. Automobile mechanics.


This course presents theories for preventing/mitigating the failure modes that are most frequently encountered in mechanical engineering. These include fatigue, stress concentration, fracture, creep, impact, buckling, wear, residual stresses, etc. This course shall cover such important design tools as: linear fracture mechanics, the various widely-used rules for predicting fatigue strength, models for predicting crack growth, the most important criteria for yield failure, and so forth. Case studies (such as the effects of residual stresses on the failure of railway rails) that involved the various failure modes shall be discussed, with an eye to reinforcing the students’ ability in applying the various theories.

  • To introduce the most advanced technologies in the field of electrical services engineering according to recent literatures and publications.
  • To introduce the fundamentals in design of vertical transportation, security, lighting and energy storage systems.
  • To enable students to understand the major design features, operating characteristics and functions of facilities used in electrical building services.
  • To provide students understanding of various advanced electromechanical energy conversion systems, including the operating principles, performance characteristics and applications.
  • To provide students knowledge in the selection, operation and control of electric machines.
  • To ensure the students to develop an understanding of various variable speed drive systems and their applications

Students will gain an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts, principles and techniques of ergonomics as well as an introduction to fundamental ergonomic measurement tools for assessment of physical workload, posture, occupational exposure, and stress. The topics include systems design and task analysis, muscle use and anthropometry, workspace design, activity-related soft tissue disorders, back injuries, shiftwork, organizational and psychosocial aspects of work, skilled work and mental activity and regulations in ergonomics. The professional software such as “HumanCAD” is introduced for supporting ergonomic systems design and task analysis. The students are required to complete a related course project.


This course is to develop students’ understanding of fundamentals of acoustics and its applications. Through this course students should be capable of modeling and analyzing engineering acoustics problems. Topics include: Fundamentals of vibrations. Vibration of continuous bodies (string, bar, plate). Acoustics wave equation. Acoustics impedance, power, and intensity. Spectral descriptions of acoustics. Transmission and reflection of sound. Acoustic radiation. Room acoustics. Introduction of acoustics and vibration measurements. Introduction of boundary element method.


This course will introduce the electrical and mechanical aspects of EVs, including the fundamentals, design, control, modeling, battery and other energy storage, electricpropulsion systems. It will cover vehicle dynamics, energy sources, electric propulsion systems, regenerative braking, parallel and series hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design, EV charging and infrastructure, impacts to environment and economy, and practical design considerations.


Any specialized topic in Electromechanical Engineering chosen by staff member who has experience in that particular field, but the topic is not covered by the other postgraduate courses in the MSc. programme.


Any specialized topic in Electromechanical Engineering chosen by staff member who has experience in that particular field, but the topic is not covered by the other postgraduate courses in the MSc. programme.


Micro/nanotechnology has become very important in creating innovative technologies in the fields of ultrahigh precision mechatronics, bio-medical engineering and energy/environmental technology. This course introduces fundamental aspects of micromechatronics. It involves scaling laws at the micro/nano-scales, electrostatics, piezoelectrics, electromagnetism, measurement tools, materials and fabrication methods, diverse micromechatronic systems and their applications.


This course introduces the fundamentals of intelligent system technologies and their engineering applications. It will present the principles of knowledge-based systems, fuzzy logic and artificial neural networks and explore how manufacturing and automation could benefit from application of these technologies. It will also discuss the representation of knowledge, knowledge acquisition, decision making mechanism, learning and machine learning, as well as its applications in various engineering domains.


This course is intended to introduce to the concepts of supervision and management in an engineering environment. Design of Work Systems, Facilities design and planning, Operation Management, Knowledge Management, Supply Chain Management, Materials and Inventory Management, Logistical Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Decision Making System are studied as part of the course. Skills on analytical problem solving, statistical thinking and creativity are essential. The course project is required to apply Industrial Engineering (IE) and Engineering Management (EM) technology in solving the critical problems for the industries.


This course studies modern design and manufacturing techniques in the computer-based environment. It is designed to address the key issues in product development with the goal of providing the future engineers with a thorough understanding of the concepts and technologies in CAD/CAM/CAE. The major focus of the course will be computer graphics, geometric modeling, design reuse, feature recognition, process planning, NC path planning, rapid prototyping, engineering optimization, and computer integrated manufacturing.


Innovation management and new product development are critical for improving the competitiveness of economies and firms. This course presents and utilizes multi-disciplinary approaches to cover different aspects of product design innovation and development management. The topics include innovation management, product design and optimization, design principle and process (design for manufacturability/environment/usability/X, axiomatic design, robust design, etc), product portfolio management, product life cycle management and design collaboration, etc.


The complexity of the design and control problems encountered in the modern production system is increasing. This course introduces modeling and analysis methods for linking decision and performance throughout the production system. The methods could be used to support analysis of alternative manufacturing material/service strategies. The fundamental production operation issues will be discussed, ranging from serial systems, mass customization, quality control, group technology, cellular manufacturing, facility management, layout planning and material handling systems, etc.


Mechanical processing technologies are amongst the eldest manufacturing processes used by mankind. These processes are multi-discipline activities that require knowledge from different engineering areas. The methods for analysing these processes seek to integrate this multi-disciplinary aspect to obtain analytical or numeral solutions for the distribution of main field variables in the interior of the parts and the tool-part contact surfaces, resulting in a group of essential elements for design, project and optimization of parts and tools, aiding future engineers to cultivate a critical spirit on analysing the results and purpose alternative manufacturing solutions.


This course provides the concepts and methods of prognostics and health management (PHM) of engineering system, which describes PHM techniques and their applications in engineering systems. A variety of tools and techniques for developing health management and monitoring of components and systems will be discussed. Topics related to sensor signal acquisition, data pre-processing techniques, various signals processing methods for feature extraction, machine learning methods and data driven prognostics models. After successfully completing this course, students will have a good understanding of system health monitoring, optimum sensor placement for health assessment, and current challenges and opportunities in the PHM field.