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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Spatial Data Science and Smart Cities - Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics
空間數據科學及智慧城市(榮譽)理學士組合課程 - 土地測量及地理資訊學(榮譽)理學士

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3130

Faculty of Construction and Environment
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

121 (plus 1-credit industrial safety training & a non-credit bearing summer training)

Scheme/Programme Intake 39
Fund Type Government-Funded

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Zhu Xiao-Lin 
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Yan Wai Yeung
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD


  • The programme BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics will be offered under the said scheme.
  • Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements of the programme concerned:
    • BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics 土地測量及地理資訊學(榮譽)理學士
  • The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see “Secondary Major Details” section.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme is underpinned by the philosophy that our graduates should be capable of coping with rapidly changing market conditions in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the region, and with the demands of their future professions in land surveying, geo-information technology and utility management and surveying. The Department has close links with professional bodies and invites industry experts to give guest lectures to students whenever appropriate.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • provide a land surveying education that meets the requirements of Hong Kong and overseas professional bodies; and
  • equip students with geo-information technology and utility management skills, enabling graduates to work competently and confidently as geographic information systems professionals in disciplines such as transport and logistics, and environmental, socio-economic, commercial and construction surveying; or as utility professionals in a discipline related to the survey, condition diagnosis, maintenance and management of underground facilities.


Upon completion of the programme, students are able to:

  • apply appropriate mathematical and computing skills to solve problems and analyse data;
  • comprehend and apply geomatics concepts and theories;
  • master geomatics technologies and apply them appropriately;
  • integrate various geomatics technologies to solve problems in a professional, timely and cost effective manner;
  • carry out and manage geomatics projects;
  • work with and supervise others in accordance with, and abide by, society’s legal, ethical and professional standards; and
  • respond to advancements in geomatics and related technologies, as part of their continuous, lifelong learning.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Land Surveyors Board Malaysia (LSB), and The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). Re-accreditation will also be sought from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES).


Career Prospects

Graduates can become professional land surveyors, geo-information technology specialists, or utility specialists.


The programme curriculum enables students to develop all-round abilities ready for professional careers through subjects related to the land/utility surveying and geo-informatics industry and subjects related to languages, ethics and global engagement. Compulsory LSGI subjects are offered every year and in progressive patterns, whereas our 20 LSGI elective subjects are typically offered once every 2 years, to provide students with two chances to choose a particular subject of interest during their 4-year study period. This combination of compulsory and elective subjects equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend basic and advanced technologies. These include basic surveying, positioning and navigation skills and advanced 3D mapping, modelling, visualisation skills related to the analysis of terrain, infrastructures, buildings, underwater environments, the underground world and even other planets, with emphases changing with time. Our graduates are of the highest calibre and are well equipped to pursue professional careers or further education after their 4 years of study.

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics:


This Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) to BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-informatics aims at offering a means to understand and promote the theories and science of smart cities, gathering city-scale data and providing the apparatus to transform this data into knowledge. It capitalizes on emerging developments in Big Data and in interdisciplinary solutions to the world’s urban challenges.



Students of BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics who opt for the Secondary Major in AIDA shall fulfil the requirements tabulated below:

Programme Requirements Min. No. of Credits
General University Requirement (GUR)  30

Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics*

(including a non-credit bearing summer training & 1-credit industrial safety training)
Core 56
Elective 18
Secondary Major Requirement  36
Minimum credit requirements for graduation  140

* Students who opt for the Secondary Major shall take Integrated Capstone Project in place of "LSGI4502 Final Year Project", and are not required to take "LSGI3245 Geospatial Database Management and Design" & "LSGI3321A Remote Sensing". They will also take 4 elective subjects less, i.e. 18 credits of electives rather than 30 credits of electives.

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
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Integrated Science

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 21.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


For further programme information, please contact:
the General Office (tel.: 2766 5968; email: lsdept@polyu.edu.hk).