Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering


Program Description

Electronic and Communication Engineering

  • Major: Electronic and Communication Engineering
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

The aims of this major are to provide students with an education in electronics and communications and to prepare graduates to have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue a career as professional engineers.

The contents covered aim to have the breadth to allow graduates to work across boundaries, as well as depth to equip and prepare them to meet the demands of employers as well as the demands for pursuing postgraduate studies.

Through this experience, our graduates will also have the ability and vision that will enable them to become independent life-long learners in this rapidly changing high-tech industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

  • Be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • Be able to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Be able to design a system, component, or process that conforms to a given specification within realistic constraints.
  • Be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Be able to identify, evaluate, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • Be aware of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Be able to communicate effectively.
  • Have knowledge in contemporary issues and an awareness of the impact of engineering solutions in a broad, global and societal context.
  • Recognise the need for life-long learning.
  • Be able to use the necessary engineering tools.

Degree Requirements



  1. For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
  2. For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Professional Recognition

The major is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

What You Will Be Studying

The first year of this major includes basic courses in electronics and communications that focus on topics such as analogue, digital and programming to prepare students for more advanced courses in the major's later years. There is plenty of hands-on experience through laboratory work and upon completion of the basic courses, more advanced courses follow to give students the necessary background for the specialised courses in the final stage of the major.

Core subjects include Principles of Communications, Logic Circuit Design, Electronic Circuits, Signals and Systems, Microcomputer Systems, Computer Programming, Systems and Control, and Applied Electromagnetics. The majority of core courses are supported by relevant laboratory work. Moreover, students (in teams) will also participate in a design project course in the second year of the major to learn how to collaborate and apply their basic knowledge in an interdisciplinary and holistic provision for solving real problems and applications.

The technical electives in the final stage of the major cover specialised subject areas, with choices ranging from Antennas and Microwave Techniques, Optical Communications, Electronic Designs and Devices, Learning and Control Systems, Audio and Visual Technology, to Data and Programming Technology. Students will also be required to work independently on their Final Year Project, in which they will be required to solve problems at a high technological level.

Start Your Career Here

To maintain Hong Kong's competitiveness, the government has taken steps to boost technology-based, high-value-added services and industries. Electronics and communications are among the areas identified for focused support. Even in the banking, finance and business sectors, personnel with a solid background in technology are in great demand in this increasingly complex technological age.


Each year, approximately 60 scholarships worth over HK$700,000 are granted to students of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Student Achievements

Over the years, CityU Electrical Engineering students have won many top prizes in various international, regional and local competitions and award schemes.

Our Graduates

  • Premier Employers
    • Government/ Government-related Organizations/ Utilities: Immigration, Customs & Excise Department, Housing Authority, ICAC. CLP Power
    • Engineering/ Technology: SAE Magnetics, HK Broadband, Science Park, Cyberport, Wharf T & T, HP, Hutchison Telecom, Canon, Chubb
    • Finance/ Banking: KPMG, DBS, Hang Seng Bank, Bank of East Asia
    • Transportation and Logistics: KCRC, MTR
  • Job Nature of Graduates
    • Telecommunication Engineer, Electronic/ Electrical Engineer, Product and System Developer/ Administrator, Hardware/ Software/ Network Engineer, Computer Programmer, IT Developer, System Analyst, Production and Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, Research and Development, Auditor, etc.
  • Graduate Employment Survey 2018
    • The survey shows that 94.80% of the BEngECE graduates were engaged before the cut-off date, with 89.61% in the job market and 5.19% in full-time postgraduate studies.


Department of Electrical Engineering* (options: BEng Computer and Data Engineering, BEng Electronic and Communication Engineering, BEng Information Engineering)

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1205 Department of Electrical Engineering* (options: BEng Computer and Data Engineering, BEng Electronic and Communication Engineering, BEng Information Engineering)
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change):
    • JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places: 160-170
    • Direct Application Places (Local Students): 33 for the Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划(统招)] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)

* Retitled from Department of Electronic Engineering from 1 July 2019.


Department of Electrical Engineering

The world today is interconnected via a myriad of communication channels that may be either wired or wireless and with ever-increasing amounts of data. Whether you are walking in the streets or travelling on the bus, nearly everyone can be seen checking emails, viewing the latest news, interconnecting socially or playing games. Everyone expects connectivity at any place and any time, but very few recognise the technology or the complexity involved in both the hardware and the software. The Department of Electrical Engineering offers majors that allow these technologies to function seamlessly across continents whether for work or for play. We offer three majors that have sufficient depth to prepare students to succeed in their technology-driven career path and beyond, yet are broad enough to allow them to pursue other career paths. Most of the required courses in the first and second year are common to all three majors, covering mathematics, computing, circuits, information technology and computer programming. These courses set a solid foundation to prepare students for their third and final years.

The department offers majors in:

  • BEng Computer and Data Engineering
  • BEng Electronic and Communication Engineering
  • BEng Information Engineering

Strong links with industry have made our majors more applicable to Hong Kong. We have set up the CityU Apps Lab, showcasing many innovative and creative ideas from both students and staff.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1205) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Students will enter a major (current major options: Computer and Data Engineering, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Information Engineering) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# Based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programmes:

  • BEng Computer and Data Engineering (admission code: 1573A)
  • BEng Electronic and Communication Engineering (admission code: 1585A)
  • BEng Information Engineering (admission code: 1597A)

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have studied an engineering-related or a science-related discipline at a high school or post-secondary institution.

Co-curricular Activities and Learning Support

Placement Schemes

In collaboration with industry, the Department aims to equip students early with real work experience before graduation through different placement schemes. We have Industrial Attachment Scheme (IAS) and Overseas Internship Scheme (OIS), which offer local and overseas summer placement opportunities; and a One-year Professional Internship Programme.

International Exchange and Summer Camp

Uplifting students' global outreach and international competitiveness through student exchange is one of the Department's goals. In 2016/17 and 2017/18, close to 167 students were sent out to top universities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, mainland China, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the USA for semester-long exchange and summer exchange.

Student Learning Support Schemes

Student learning is always the Department's top priority, facilitated by the long-established Course Tutoring Scheme and Peer Tutoring Scheme. The schemes aim to nurture good learning skills in our students, particularly during their first and second year with EE. Outstanding senior year students are selected to coach students in their studies through tutorials, regular meetings, and out-of-classroom time. The Schemes have successfully created a positive learning ambience among peers and have been well received among students.

Department’s Highlights

  • Largest EE department among local universities with 53 professors.
  • Ranked 16th in engineering worldwide (US News Best Global University Ranking 2018); 31st worldwide in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2017 (Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2017).
  • Six EE professors have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the University.
  • A caring department emphasizing students' well-roundedness apart from their technical know-how through ample co-curricular activities.
  • Offering three undergraduate programmes, two taught master's programmes and two research degree programmes (currently around 1,200 students in total).
  • With the support from the Ministry of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves established in 2008 is the first such laboratory in engineering discipline in Hong Kong.
  • Laboratory space about 5,000 sq. meters.


Last updated Jan 2020

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Welcome to City University of Hong Kong (CityU). We are a dynamic university established in 1994 and uniquely located in the heart of Hong Kong, Asia's world city. Our goals are to pursue high levels of excellence, promote innovation and nurture creativity with the aim to improve people's lives. In a city where East meets West, our vision is to become globally recognised for professional education, one that emphasises the mutual enrichment of different cultures and intellectual traditions, and for research that makes a real difference. Read less