Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Geomatics (Geographic Information Systems)

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

GIM for MSc (Full-time)
GIP for PgD (Full-time)
GGM for MSc (Part-time) 
GGP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

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

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MSc,
21 for PgD

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)

Programme Leader

Dr WU Bo

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr XU Yang
BSc, MSc, PhD

  • This programme offers the following specialisms; students must indicate their chosen specialism on their applications:
    - MSc/PgD in Geomatics (Geographic Information Systems)
    - MSc/PgD in Geomatics (Surveying)
  • Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, they should normally be able to complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. They will be required to attend classes in the daytime and in the evening if they choose the full-time mode.
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

Designed for professionals in geographic information systems (GIS), surveying or related fields, this programme equips students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to specialise in GIS or land and engineering surveying.



Our multidisciplinary programme for experienced professionals advances students' knowledge in their chosen specialist areas and expands their general perspectives on geomatics.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme has been accredited by:

  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS);
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS);
  • The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES); and
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES).

(Subject to regular re-accreditation)


Programme Structure

Students can choose from a wide range of subjects that are offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment, each generally requiring one evening class per week over a 13-week semester.


For the MSc
Students must complete 7 subjects, including at least 4 Core Subjects, and a Dissertation that is pertinent to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Surveying. The Dissertation is optional. Alternatively, students can choose a Geomatics Project and one more Core Subject in either GIS or Surveying, depending on their stream.


For the PgD
Students must complete 7 subjects, including at least 4 Core Subjects.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects for selection upon registration.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialism

  •  Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  •  Spatial Data Acquisition
  •  Spatial Data Visualisation & Modeling
  •  Spatial Data Analysis & Mining
  •  Remote Sensing Image Processing
  •  Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  •  Urban Science & Systems
  •  Urban Informatics
  •  Project
  •  Dissertation


Subjects on offer are subject to revision.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, science or technology;
  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in other relevant disciplines [such as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography]^;
  • A professional qualification plus relevant work experience related to Surveying or Geographic Information Systems (GIS)^.


Holders of the qualifications marked with ^ may be invited to attend interviews to assess their suitability for the programme.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Bo WU (tel: (852) 2766 4335; email:

Student Message

Geomatics is becoming an increasingly important trend. I aimed to equip myself with the necessary knowledge and technical skills to perform geo-informatics analysis, and thus applied for the MSc in Geomatics, which is a comprehensive programme covering a wide range of subjects, such as remote sensing, photogrammetry, cartographic, geo-informatics and programming. I learned much more from the theoretical lectures and practical lab sessions than I had expected.


For me, the most challenging task was completing the research project. I had to solve a real-life problem by applying practical skills and theories learned from classes within a highly constricted timeframe. Nevertheless, it was a memorable experience; the guidance and encouragement of my supervisor not only helped me to complete the task but also inspired me to find data sources and appropriate methodologies to resolve future difficulties. The process developed my genuine interest in geomatics.


I am thankful for and fortunate enough to receive constant encouragement, support and guidance from all professors and staff members in the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. I would highly recommend the programme to anyone who is interested in geomatics.

WONG Mei Chi

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement

One-page (for non-local applicants only)

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

No information is available at present.

Programme Leaflet

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