Associate of Engineering


The Associate of Engineering (AENG) programme aims to provide students with an entry level programme in engineering which prepares students for further studies and a career in computer engineering, electronic and electrical engineering, and communications/information engineering, develop their transferable skills which build confidence in a range of areas including analytical skill, problem-solving in technical design and implementation, and the ability to communicate, and cultivate a spirit of

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Programme information

Faculty Science and Technology
Programme Associate of Engineering
Programme code AENG 
Campus Kowloon City
QF level 4
Duration 2 years
Credit units 63CUs
Award type Associate Degree  
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Programme Leaflet of the AENG programme in 2022-23


For enquiries, please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2707 3232 or Email:

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for HKDSE 2023 only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

For admission to Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) programmes, applicants must satisfy ONE of the following:

1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language (Note 1) and English Language (Note 2);
  • If a subject under “other languages” is used for meeting the requirement in (a), a minimum of grade E is required;
  • A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects graded “Attained” or above can be included for meeting the requirement in the first point of this section;
  • Satisfy programme-specific entrance requirements (Only applicable to Associate of Business in Administration in Accountancy)

2) Other Qualifications

Most school-leaving qualifications deemed equivalent to those stipulated below are recognised. These may include any ONE of the following:

  • Completion of the UOWCHK Diploma in General Studies programme (Note 3) or a one-year full-time Pre-Associate Degree programme;
  • Completion of Diploma Yi Jin (Note 4);
  • Grade E or above in one General Certificate of Education A-level (or A2)/International A-Level subject. Two Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects will be considered equivalent to one GCE A-Level. The same subject may not be counted at both the A Level and AS Level;
  • A National University Education Entrance Examination (普通高等學校招生全國統一考試) score above the cut-off lines set for entry into non-government universities (本科二批分數綫)(Note 4) and a minimum English score of 100. Please refer to Chinese version for details;
  • Other equivalent qualifications, including International Baccalaureate Diploma, are also accepted as satisfying the entrance requirements.

3) Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must be over the age of 23 by 1 September of the year of admission and be able to demonstrate aptitude and suitability for the programme applied for.



  1. For applicants who have either learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education or learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools, alternative Chinese Language qualifications (GCEAL/AS Chinese grade E or GCSE/IGCSE Chinese grade C) or grade E in HKDSE “other languages” can replace Chinese Language level 2;

  2. GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects, TOEFL or IELTS cannot be used to replace English Language Level 2;
  3. Successful completion of the Diploma in General Studies will fulfil the entrance requirement to UOWCHK associate degree programmes (except Associate of Social Science in Social Work);
  4. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.
  5. The College may admit those applicants whose scores are below the cut-off lines but who can demonstrate good aptitude for the programme at admission interview.


Application Fee

$150, waived for 2023

Tuition Fee

All Full-time Associate Degree students are required to take 63 credit units in two years at HK$1800 per credit. Total tuition fee for two years is HK$113,400.

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of HK$400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/ Associate Degree / Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000
Website:         Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students

Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222
Website:          Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students    

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277
Website:          Continuing Education Fund

Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Apply mathematical methods and analytical skills, and engineering methods and tools, to basic engineering design problems and derive solutions;
2. Produce engineering solutions according to system specifications and standards;
3. Examine important ethical, socio-political, cultural and/or economic issues, affecting engineering in the local, national, regional and international contexts; 
4. Relate major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to engineering; and 
5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using English and Chinese. 

Main subject areas

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Communications and Information Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Language and General Education

Programme study flow

Programme structure

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit units by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name  
Programme Core (27CUs)
Sem A, Year 1  
AST10106 Introduction to Programming
AST10111 Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra
AST10201 Computer Organization
Sem B, Year 1  
AST21111 Discrete Mathematics
AST21114  Digital Electronics 
AST21115 Calculus
Sem A, Year 2  
AST10403  Circuit Theory
Sem B, Year 2  
AST21117 Advanced Algebra
AST21119 Ethics in Technology
Programme Electives (15CUs)
Sem B, Year 1  
AST21120 or
Object-Oriented Programming and Design
Sem A, Year 2  
AST10402 or
Engineering materials 
Understanding the Network Centric World 
AST21203 or
Environment and Energy 
Data Structures and Algorithms
Sem B, Year 2  

Select any two:

AST20111 or
AST20112 or

Basic Mechanics 
Electronic Devices and Circuits 
Engineering Project Development

Language Skills (9CUs)
CGE1000* / 1500 English for Academic Studies A / B
CGE2003 English Professional Communication Skills for Technology
CGE1200** Practical Chinese
General Education (12CUs)
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
CGE12412 Appreciation of Western Art
CGE23216 Environment and Technology
CGE25111 Globilization and Business

Please visit the General Education page for more details.

*   Students whose DSE score of English Language is below 3 are required to complete this course

** Students who are non-Chinese literate can take a course among the core General Education courses in lieu of CGE1200 Practical Chinese at the recommendation of Programme Leaders and approval by the Chairman of Academic Board

Further Studies Pathways

The table below is not exhaustive and only aims to show some examples of the bachelor's degree programmes offered by UGC-funded institutions and University of Wollongong, Australia which have admitted our past graduates. Our graduates also articulate to various overseas degree programmes offered in Hong Kong.

University of Wollongong, Australia

City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Energy Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Automation Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Air Transport Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Data Science and Analytics
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Security

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme may be employed as technical support personnel in computer manufacturing, electronics design and servicing, electrical appliance development and maintenance, software development, mechanical engineering services, internet services, product design, and sales and marketing of technical products. After joining a company, graduates may undergo on-the-job training to qualify as technicians or technologists.

Contact us

Faculty of Science and Technology

Phone / Whatsapp: (852) 2707 3232
Fax: (852) 2707 3231

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Telephone: (852) 2707 3111
: (852) 2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Billionnaire Royale, 83 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]