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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P60
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Students may be expected to attend classes in the weekday evenings and Saturdays, occasionally on Sundays
Indicative Intake Target 115
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term);
Part-time: 2 years (4 semesters and 2 summer terms)
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof S M LO
PhD (Arch) HKU
+852 3442 7683
Associate Programme Leader
Dr X Q HE (Building Construction Cost Management stream)
BEng WUT, MEng HUST, PhD NUS (S'pore)
+852 3442 4760
Associate Programme Leader
Dr Gongsheng HUANG (Building Services stream)
BEng, MEng (Northeastern China), PhD ( Oxford)
+852 3442 2408
Associate Programme Leader
Dr Jeff J F WANG (Civil Engineering stream)
BSc, MSc, PhD Virginia Tech CEng, MASCE, MHKSTAM
+852 3442 6787
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7609 (Phone)
+852 3442 0427 (Fax)
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Programme Aims and Objectives

  1. to upgrade existing construction related professionals with the knowledge of advanced civil engineering, cost control and management;
  2. to produce experts in all aspects of cost engineering, civil engineering and building services;
  3. to provide a route of further study to graduates of construction related disciplines;
  4. to provide multi-disciplinary approach for civil, planning, building services and construction professionals;
  5. to carry out research works in various related disciplines. 

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have one of the following criteria to be eligible for admission: 

(i)      possess first degrees with honours accredited by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE); or

(ii)     possess first degrees with honours accredited by Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS); or

(iii)    possess first degrees with honours accredited by Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA); or

(iv)    possess first degrees with honours accredited by Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH); or

(v)     corporate membership of HKIE, HKIS, HKIA, HKIH or equivalent; or

(vi)    possess first degrees in a construction-related discipline from a UGC funded tertiary education institution; or

(vii)   possess first degrees in a construction-related discipline from a non-local institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or

(viii)  have obtained an equivalent qualification or provide programme acceptable evidence of academic and professional attainments; or

(ix)    applicants without the specified academic qualifications may still be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if they are able to present exceptionally good alternative qualifications and possess substantial technical and management experiences.

Remarks: Students admitted via route (ix) should constitute only a small percentage of the intake and such cases would require approval by the College on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or 
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or 
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Course Description

Each student must satisfactorily complete at least 30 credit units before the Master of Science degree is awarded. The total 30 credit units comprise of 15 credit units from required courses and 15 credit units from elective courses. Reference should be made to the programme document and the student handbook for the criteria of choosing electives. Students maybe allowed to switch between streams but they are not allowed to take two or more streams simultaneously.