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Master of Science in Aviation Engineering

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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 48004

Mode of Study Mixed and On-line Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
2.5 years (Online Mode)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation


Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024

Tuition Fees

HK$6,100 per credit for local and non-local students

Programme Leaders

Programme Leader
Dr HAO Jiaao
BEng, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr WU Lingxiao
BSc, MSc, PhD


  • This programme provides two specialism study options:
    • MSc in Aviation Engineering (Aviation Operations and Management)
      民用航空工程學理學碩士學位 (航空營運與管理)
    • MSc in Aviation Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)
      民用航空工程學理學碩士學位 (航空工程)


Notes for applicant

  1. The programme offers two modes: a hybrid study mode (face-to-face–mixed mode: 48004-NAE & 48004-AET) and 100% online (48004-OAE). All teaching activities, including assessments, are conducted in both modes and recorded.

  2. The 100% online mode is only available to non-local students. Non-local students can choose either the face-to-face–mixed mode or the 100% online mode. Local students can only opt for the face-to-face–mixed mode.  

  3. The tuition fees for the 100% online mode are the same as those for the face-to-face–mixed mode.


All of the 100% online students are registered as part-time students, and no student visas are arranged by the University for 100% online students. They are also not eligible to apply for a visa/entry permit after graduation under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) of the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme is designed to meet the following aims:

  1. to provide advanced education and training to students who seek to upgrade their knowledge and pursue high-level careers in the area of aviation and aeronautical engineering;

  2. to enable students to develop the competence needed to become more competitive in the job market and ultimately take leading roles in the aviation industry;

  3. to nurture students’ understanding and mastery of the most up-to-date advanced technologies in aviation and aeronautical engineering; and

  4. to enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained to solve problems encountered in practice.


The programme allows students to take subjects in various related fields, such as air traffic control, flight mechanics, aircraft design and avionics. Students can also take certain combinations of subjects that lead to an award with specialisation. The unique opportunities offered by the programme help students to develop into highly competent and competitive professionals in the field of aviation and aeronautical engineering.


The mixed mode of study allows students to study either full time or part time. Local students can vary their study mode from semester to semester according to their personal preferences. This flexibility is not available to non-local students, who are constrained by visa requirements.


The 100% online mode of study is designed for non-local students. In this mode, all teaching activities, including assessments, are conducted online. Students who opt for the online mode are registered as part-time students. No student visas are arranged by the University for 100% online students. They are also not eligible to apply for a visa/entry permit after graduation under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) of the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Financial Aids and Scholarships

There are several financial aids and scholarships available for students pursuing Master of Science in Aviation Engineering.



Students who are Hong Kong residents, have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction, are eligible to apply for the CEF. The following subjects are included in the list of reimbursable CEF courses#:

  • AAE5001 Guidance, Navigation and Advanced Avionics System (CEF course: 36Z141231)
  • AAE5002 Human Factors, Accident Prevention and Aircraft Maintenance (CEF course: 36Z14124A)
  • AAE5101 Next Generation Air Traffic Control and Air Traffic Flow Management (CEF course: 36Z141258)
  • AAE5102 Operations Research, Resource Planning and Engineering Management in Aviation (CEF course: 36Z141266)
  • AAE5103 Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Industry (CEF course: 36Z141274) 
  • AAE5105 Fleet Management and Aviation Sustainability (CEF course: 36Z141290)
  • AAE5106 Flight Standards and Airworthiness (CEF course: 36Z153922)
  • AAE5107 Aviation Engineering Services and Aircraft Leasing Management(CEF course: 36Z141282) {Formerly AAE5104}
  • AAE5201 Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CEF course: 36Z153930)
  • AAE5202 Advanced Aircraft Structures and Materials (CEF course: 36Z153949)
  • AAE5203 Aircraft Design and Certification (CEF course: 36Z153957)
  • AAE5204 Autonomous Flight - Mechanics and Control (CEF course: 36Z153965)
  • AAE5205 Aircraft Engine Systems and Combustion (CEF course: 36Z153973)

i. The subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) for the Master of Science in Aviation Engineering programme.  
   ii. The Master of Science in Aviation Engineering programme is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).


The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidizes adults with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants may submit unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$25,000. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees for the first HK$10,000, and 60% of that for the remaining HK$15,000. Please refer to for full details.

Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme (HKASS) is a scholarship scheme to be awarded by the Government of the HKSAR under the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) .
To encourage continuous professional enhancement for the aviation sector in Hong Kong.

The nominees should:
  1. have either right of abode, right to land or have entered Hong Kong on One-way Permits. Students entering on Student or Dependent Visas will not be eligible;
  2. be registered students of the eligible programmes;
  3. undertake to work in the aviation sector in Hong Kong for a period of not less than twelve consecutive calendar months, within three calendar months upon successful completion of the eligible programme; and
  4. complete the eligible programme.
Applicants may be required to fulfill other requirement(s) prescribed by the PolyU as it thinks fit under the HKASS.

Amount of Scholarship
Full scholarships will be awarded to the selected students to complete their aviation-related degree or higher degree programmes. The exact scholarship amount to be offered is subject to the tuition fees of the relevant programmes, capped at about HK$100,000 each.
Students enrolling for the Master of Science in Aviation Engineering may apply for the scheme through PolyU. The application of the scheme for 2024/25 is not open yet. For enquiries, please contact the General Office at



Please visit the Transport and Logistics Bureau website of the Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme for more details.

The Transport and Logistics Bureau (TLB) launched the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) on 1 April 2014 to enhance support for the manpower development of the maritime and aviation industries. The Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme (ProTERS) is one of the schemes operated under MATF. 

ProTERS (Aviation) aims to  incentivize in-service partitioners of the aviation sector to attend course(s) and sit for examinations(s) that are being offered by various education institutions, professional or trade bodies to raise their professionalism and competency, and encourage them to acquire relevant professional qualification(s).

Eligible applicants are refunded with 80% of the fees after completing pre-approved courses or passing examinations, subject to a maximum of HK$30,000 (whichever is less)Apart from in-service practitioners, those who newly enter the industry after completion of through completing the training courses / passing the examinations are also eligible for making the refund application for the fees for the pre-approved courses completed / pre-approved examinations passed.

  1. The applicant must be:

    • a HKSAR resident and lawfully employable in Hong Kong; and

    • in full-time employment in the aviation sector with an organization/company in Hong Kong at the time of application;

  2. The applicant has enrolled in or taken one of the pre-approved courses or examinations, and has completed the course to the satisfaction of the course provider or passed the examination; and

  3. The applicant has not been granted any other forms of government subsidy or financial assistance for the relevant pre-approved course/examination.

Pre-approved Course
  • Master of Science in Aviation Engineering (Aviation Operations and Management)/(Aeronautical Engineering) offered by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University  (Valid from July 2023 to June 2026) 

  1. Applications should be made on an individual basis.

  2. Applicants should submit the application forms directly by post to the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund.

  3. application for each of the core subject should be made within four months upon completion of the core subject concerned.

  4. Late application will not be accepted.

*Applicants must obtain the Proof of Completion of Course by filling in the online form


For full details, please refer to

The AAE MSc Dissertation Scholarship is offered by the Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to encourage aviation engineering research and award outstanding students of MSc in Aviation Engineering.


Amount of Scholarship

Each award has a value of HK$60,000.



Students studying in PolyU MSc in Aviation Engineering who fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Full-time MSc students only (both local and non-local);
  2. must complete 7 taught subjects, including at least 4 AAE Core Subjects, and a Dissertation;
  3. attain accumulative GPA for the first year not lower than 3.0;
  4. duration of the study cannot exceed 2 years.


Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria may include, but not limited to, applicants’ academic achievements, professional qualifications attained, work experience and interview performance.


Application Procedures

Eligible students can make their applications after completing the first year of study. The Department will call for applications annually before the start of the second year of study.

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