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Master of Science in Aviation Engineering

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Entrance Year Sept 2023

Programme Code 05002

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 2023

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2023

Tuition Fees

HK$5,410 per credit for local students
HK$5,800 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leaders

Programme Leader
Dr HAO Jiaao
BEng, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader
Dr CAO Shibin
BEng, MEng, PhD


  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering.
  • 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 a hybrid study mode: face-to-face (mixed mode: 05002-NAE & 05002-AET) and/or 100% online (05002-OAE). All teaching activities, including assessment, 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.
  4. 100% online students are registered as part-time students. No student visas are arranged by the University for students who opt for the 100% online mode. They are also not eligible to apply for a visa/an 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:

  1. to provide advanced education and training for 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 the area of 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 learn 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 online mode of study is designed for non-local students. In this mode, all teaching activities, including assessment, 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/an 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)
  • AAE5104 Aviation Technical Services and Aircraft Leasing Management (CEF course: 36Z141282)
  • AAE5105 Fleet Management and Aviation Sustainability (CEF course: 36Z141290)

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 2023/24 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 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 awardee will obtain a monthly stipend of around HK$5,000 during the second year of study (up to HK$60,000 in total).



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 and before the second year starts.

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