Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

CFM (Full-time)
CPM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

For local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)
For non-local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$4,500 per credit for local students
HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Li Chi-wai


This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

Through this programme, students will pursue in-depth studies of topics that are related to their civil engineering field or broaden their knowledge of civil engineering by studying topics that are beyond their present field.


We are keen to develop students' abilities to design engineered systems or processes to meet the desired needs in civil engineering projects within realistic constraints.


Our programme is designed to cultivate students' strategic thinking skills in solving complex problems and dealing with situations pertinent to their professional practice, and to enhance their learning capabilities for continual professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practice.



In this programme, practising civil engineers can pursue in-depth studies and acquire specialised skills in general civil engineering, structural engineering and transportation engineering. Graduates should be able to demonstrate a high degree of competence in modern construction technology after completion of the programme.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc award is recognised by major professional institutions in Hong Kong. Most of our graduates have been admitted as corporate members of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.


Programme Structure

This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode.  The programme will normally be completed in 1 year for full-time study or in 2.5 years for part-time study depending on the pace of study of individual student. Students are required to attend classes in both the daytime and evening if they choose the full-time mode.


A wide range of Core Subjects in the three main study areas are available for student's selection within the programme. Elective Subjects are offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment. In general, each subject requires attendance of one evening per week over a 13-week semester.


Students must complete 10 subjects (including at least 7 Core Subjects and at most 3 Elective Subjects), or 7 subjects (including at least 4 Core Subjects and at most 3 Elective Subjects) plus a 9-credit Dissertation.


Part-time students are strongly advised not to take more than 3 subjects per semester due to heavy study load.


Core Areas of Study

This programme offers 3 main areas of study, each covering a wide range of Core Subjects.


General Civil Engineering

  • Construction Management & Law
  • Quantitative Techniques in Construction Planning
  • Advanced Rock Engineering
  • Soil Behaviour & Geotechnical Engineering
  • Drainage Design


Structural Engineering

  • Bridge Engineering
  • Tall Building Structures
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete
  • Seismic Design of Building Structures
  • Wind Engineering
  • Facade Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Design


Transportation Engineering

  • ​Transport Management
  • Urban Transport Planning - Theory & Practice@
  • Public Transport: Operations & Service Planning@
  • Traffic Engineering & Control
  • Development of Transport Infrastructure@



  • Dissertation on a specific topic


Recommended Electives

  • Construction Technology
  • Statutory Framework for Construction Practice


@ These subjects are included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF).


Most Core subjects are offered in alternate years while some subjects are offered every year.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree with Honours in civil engineering or an equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants must also meet the English language requirement of the University.
  • Please visit for details.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. Li Chi-wai 
Tel: (852) 2766 6043


For general enquiries, please contact:
General Office, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tel: (852) 2766 6051
Fax: (852) 2334 6389


Student Message

I completed the part-time MSc in Civil Engineering programme offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with distinction. The programme offered me a chance to pursue in-depth studies in the civil engineering field and broaden my knowledge beyond my present job. Through the programme, I had a chance to explore the areas of seismic design and wind engineering. I also learned about the innovative techniques used in the industry. The programme has definitely helped me move further in my career.

Tang Wing Hong

Additional Documents Required

Employer's Recommendation


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



Recommendation letters from any professional institutions or copies of professional qualifications are optional.

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

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