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Higher Diploma in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: JS3117

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

2 years (plus one summer term of Year One)

Credit Required for Graduation

60 (plus 10 training credits)

Students may be required to take an extra subject in Physics depending on their entry qualifications.

Programme Intake 43
Fund Type Government-Funded

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Sandy To
MPhil (Brun), PhD (PolyU), MHKPOMA, MIET, cirpM


The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, physical science, and social science. This programme teaches students fundamental engineering concepts, information technology, design, management, communication skills, and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. It provides an understanding of the complex problems of modern industrial and business operations.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is a subset of the 4-year BEng(Hons) in Industrial and Systems Engineering programme, and shares the characteristics and subjects relating to information systems, human factors and integrated product and process design. Graduates can apply for the department’s degree programmes with credit transfers.

Recognition & Prospects

Career Prospects

In Hong Kong and around the world, a new generation of engineers is needed to meet the new era of digital technology. Graduates can typically find work as industrial engineers, systems engineers, project engineers, product development engineers, manufacturing engineers, logistics engineers, marketing engineers, and costing engineers.


Industrial and systems engineers are needed not only for production of goods and services, but also in transportation, hospitals, banks, IT companies and government departments.


  • In Year One, students receive a broad-based engineering education that covers information technology, mathematics and statistics, materials science and engineering, university physics and practical workshop training.
  • In Year Two, students study specialised subjects in industrial and systems engineering that covers industrial engineering techniques and methods, quality engineering, control and automation, design and a group project. They can choose two Electives to suit their career development and personal interest.
  • Supporting subjects include Language and Communication Requirement subjects and Cluster-Area Requirement subjects.
  • Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

  • Marketing in Global Trade
  • Jewellery and Accessories Design
  • Law Enforcement in Hong Kong
  • Marketing and Online Promotion
  • Practical Psychology
  • Purchasing and Merchandising
  • Internet of Everything Application
  • Computer Forensic Technology
  • Computer Game and Animation Design
  • Electrical and Energy Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship for SME
  • Business Data Analysis
  • Applied Psychology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Studies
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Care Practice
  • Interior Design
  • Accounting in Practice

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 18.2 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2017-18: 17.8 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2018-19: 17.2 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)



For further programme information, please contact:
Ms Becky Chan (tel: 3400 3838; email: becky.chan@polyu.edu.hk).