Faculty of Science

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)




Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry: Closed
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry: Closed
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

As the first masters-level programme in Hong Kong specialising in carbon management and mitigation science and technology, this programme aims to provide graduates with systematic hands-on training to tackle challenging and dynamic global issues related to carbon auditing, green financing, carbon management and sustainable/renewable energy. Such training will enable graduates to meet the increasing local and national demand for qualified professionals in the field of carbon neutrality. Specifically, the programme aims:

  • To equip students with up-to-date scientific and technological knowledge to address current and emerging environmental issues and concerns.

  • To develop students’ ability to formulate and implement the latest scientific and management concepts and tools and thus address corporations’ need to achieve their zero-emissions goals.

  • To provide rigorous cross-disciplinary training that enables students to create innovative and multi-faceted solutions to problems involving carbon neutrality, energy transition and low-carbon energy conversion systems.


Upon successful completion of the programme, students should be able:

  • To explain and articulate the major points of specific sustainability problems and devise possible solutions by applying scientific and technological concepts.

  • To master theoretical and technical carbon auditing principles and data analytical tools for calculating the carbon footprint and setting carbon trading mechanisms.

  • To keep abreast of the latest regulatory policies and laws on carbon abatement at the local, national, regional and international levels to ensure legal compliance in specific industries.

  • To demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluations of carbon neutrality, as well as the assessment of green finance sustainability when implementing low-/zero-carbon technologies and renewable energy generation.

Recognition & Prospects


In this programme, the syllabi of subjects related to carbon auditing, the carbon footprint, GHG inventory, GHG reporting, and other topics are based primarily on the latest and most widely accepted ISO standards. 

Three professional certificates for GHG management

  • SGS Certificate of ISO 14064 Quantitation and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals at Organization Level implementation Training Course
  • SGS Certificate of ISO 14057 Quantitation and Reporting of Carbon Footprint of Products (Goods & Services) Training Course
  • SGS Certificate of Principles of and Methodologies for Carbon Neutrality

Registered GHG Carbon auditors

Graduates of this MSc programme meet the "academic and working experience" and "training" requirements for registration as Registered GHG Carbon auditors of the Hong Kong Institution of Certified Auditors (HKICA) with the examination requirement waived.



Graduates of the programme have excellent job prospects, with potential careers in the areas of corporate sustainability management, ESG consultancy and green finance in the finance sector. They may hold titles such as compliance officer, sustainability manager/executive, and sustainability consultant/analyst/specialist.


Programme Structure

Core subjects (Total credits: 21)

1.    Ecological Approaches for Carbon Management

2.    Quality Assurance for Greenhouse Gases (GHGs): Statements and Management Principles for Methodologies on Climate Actions*

3.    Quantitation and Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and Carbon Footprint (CFP)*

4.    Materials Science for Carbon Neutrality Applications

5.    Renewable Energies and Technologies I: Hydrogen and Biofuels

6.    Renewable Energies and Technologies II: Energy Conversion and Storage

7.    Sustainable Finance*


Elective subjects (Complete 3 subjects from the list below, total credits: 9)

8.   Electric Energy Storage and New Energy Sources for Electric Vehicles

9.   Energy Efficient Buildings

10. Energy Efficient Lighting and Control

11.  Expert Seminars/ Special Topics in Sustainable Science and Technology

12.  Green Chemistry for Sustainable Products Development

13.  Project

14.  Stochastic Models for Carbon Pricing and Trading*


*The MSc programme has been listed in the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Green and Sustainable Finance (GSF) Training Information Repository. This repository contains information about training on green and sustainable related subjects. HKMA identified and compiled the information based on industry practice. By incorporating these finance-related subjects, the MSc programme meets the needs of the industry for talents of science/engineering background with the competencies and skillset in green and sustainable finance.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Lawrence Yoon Suk Lee

Subject Area
Sustainable Technology for Carbon Neutrality
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or related disciplines or qualification of equivalent standard from a recognised University.

  • Preference will be given to applicants having at least one year of relevant working experience.

  • If the applicant is not a native speaker of English, and his/her Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, he/she is expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further programme information, please contact us via email: msc.carbonneutrality@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information

Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays within an academic year.
Initial Registration Credits

6 for local students
12 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$6,000 per credit for local and non-local students

Two one-off entry scholarships of HK$10,000 each will be granted to applicants who are admitted during the Early Round Application period (by 16 November 2023) and obtained a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class (Division I) Honours or above (or equivalent). Another two one-off entry scholarships of HK$10,000 each will be granted to applicants with excellent academic achievements. The recipients are not allowed to concurrently hold more than one Entry Scholarship awarded by the Department.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute / disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

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