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Doctor of Engineering

The Doctor of Engineering (D Eng) is an academic degree awarded on the basis of advanced study and project in engineering. To be admitted as a doctoral student, one must hold a Master's degree in engineering or related science subject. The student must complete necessary coursework and perform independent project/dissertation under supervision of a qualified Doctoral Advisor, and pass the engineering dissertation defense.

Professional Career

As the highest academic award in engineering, the Doctor of Engineering gives formal public recognition to professional engineers and thereby enhances their authoritative standing. During the study process enrolled students must apply for membership within the International Institute of Engineers (IIE) a Faculty of Technology, Management and Applied Sciences Guild (FTMAS). The FTMAS will be involved in the quality process and shall be part of the assessment process as well as the dissertation defense via email.

Program information

The Doctor of Engineering degree is awarded in recognition of the candidate's substantial original and distinguished contributions to engineering knowledge. Candidates submit engineering project dissertation that must constitute an original and important contribution to scientific knowledge.

Duration   2~3 years


DENG6001      Engineering project management             (45 hrs) 3 credits

 DENG6002      Engineering research                              (45 hrs) 3 credits

This course guides the student, step by step, through the research process, from problem selection through writing up results. It provides all of the basics necessary to complete a research project in any discipline.

Outline. The following aspects are reflected in this course:

  1. What is research?
  2. Tools of research
  3. The problem: the heart of the research process
  4. Review of the related literature
  5. Planning your research design
  6. Writing the research proposal
  7. Qualitative research
  8. Historical research
  9. Descriptive research
  10. Experimental and causal - comparative designs
  11. Statistical techniques for analyzing quantitative data
  12. Technical details: style, format, and organization of the research report

Doctoral Research Proposal

Synopsis: Research students are expected to present a written research proposal within three months after commencement. The proposal is handed in to the study leader. Assessors of this proposal are selected by the faculty for their understanding of the field and the research involved. The purpose of a research is to set out a plan for conducting the research and writing the dissertation within the available time. It should take account of the availability and guidance of the study leader. The starting point for a research proposal is the topic, which is the field of interest in which the research is to be carried out. In introducing the topic, the proposal should clarify the field that it falls into and the specific part that field which the research will explore. It should clarify why the topic is of interest and importance, and how the proposed research will contribute to the filed of knowledge or profession. The proposal should clarify the research questions, ensuring that these are specific and answerable. It is important to show how these questions relate to the topic are, and how they will advance the studentís contribution. The proposal should detail the research to be carried out, and clarify the research methods, the timeframe and the reasons for selecting particular methods. Where a period of literature review or research should precede any empirical research, this should be factored in as part of the research. It is important to estimate any periods of field research and to flag their duration and cost in your research proposal.

DENG6003      Selective I: management subject             (45 hrs) 3 credits

DENG6004      Selective II: management subject            (45 hrs) 3 credits

DENG6005       Quantitative Methods and Statistics        (45 hrs) 3 credits

Engineering Project/Dissertation                                         24 credits

Candidates need to complete a 60000-words engineering dissertation (in Chinese or English) and a 3000-words executive portfolio (in English).

This program requires doctoral candidates to complete a dissertation as part of the assessment for the D Eng degree. Doing a dissertation means that instead of knowledge and information being presented and following a prescribed route for answering questions, candidates are thrust into an active role of managing an investigation into a topic area. This means researching and discovering things for themselves. They will have to set their own targets and parameters, pose their own central research questions and decide on the appropriate sources of information to support the research. It therefore requires the use of the higher-level cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Candidates may choose an area of particular interest to them within the scope of course title. A dissertation is an individual effort and the candidate, academic tutor and the course professor will work together on constructing an approved topic (research question) and methodologies.

Engineering Dissertation Defense                                            9 credits

It is expected of Masterís candidates to defend their thesis by means of a colloquium doctum (academic discussion). The purpose of the meeting is for the candidates to convince a panel of experts in the field of the dissertation how well they have done in the conducting of their research study and the preparation of their dissertation

Program Total Credits                                                           48 credits

Candidates need to complete all course assessments with the results of Grade B+ or above.