Master of Science in High Performance Buildings
Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001
Duration & Credit Requirement
1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
For local students
For non-local students
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.
Dr Chau Chi Kwan
MS(Arch), MS(Mech), PhD, MCIOB, PFM, MHKIOA
- This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their studies in either the full-time or part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, students should normally be able to complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. Students are required to attend classes in the daytime and evening if they choose the full-time mode of study.
- This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.
Aims & Characteristics
The mission of the High Performance Buildings (HPB) programme is to engage in education and research for the advancement of high performance buildings. In particular, the HPB programme provides an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge on assessment of High Performance Buildings, which impose minimal impacts on global carbon footprints (global impacts), and facilitate optimised performance of building systems (building impacts), as well as the best indoor environments for the health and well-being of occupants.
To fulfil this mission, the High Performance Buildings programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach by linking sustainable development and high-rise building construction together with socio-economic development, focusing on climate changes, carbon footprint assessment, building services system management and optimisation, and indoor environmental quality evaluation. It is designed to cut across traditional boundaries of management, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of sustainability issues. Integrating knowledge of high performance buildings and urban construction, this programme provides the most up-to-date knowledge based upon contemporary research findings.
The multidisciplinary nature of the programme not only offers students advanced knowledge in their specialist areas, but also expands their perspective of the broader field of building services engineering. Students can take a combination of subjects to suit their careers, and can also choose an appropriate dissertation project.
Recognition & Prospects
This programme is recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under the specialism of Environment and Building Surveying.
This programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.
Students can select from a wide range of subjects, each of which normally requires 39 hours of attendance over a 13-week semester.
For the MSc with Dissertation
Students must complete 7 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, 3 Core Subjects and a Dissertation that is relevant to their area of specialisation.
For the MSc without Dissertation
Students must complete 10 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, and at least 3 other Core Subjects.
Students can exit at the PgD level, having satisfactorily completed 7 subjects (21 credits), including 4 Compulsory Subjects, 2 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject.
Core Areas of Study
The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study.
- Building System Performance
- Building Carbon Footprint Assessment
- Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment
- Research Project
- Lighting Engineering
- Engineering Intelligent Buildings
- Fire Engineering Systems
- Energy Efficient Buildings
- Noise and Vibration in Sustainable Built Environments
- Applied Solar Energy in Buildings
- Maintenance Management of Built Assets
- Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing
- Sustainability & the Built Environment
- Information Management for Construction & Real Estate
- Indoor Air Quality Engineering
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at
- A Bachelor’s Degree with Honours relevant to architecture, construction and real estate industry, or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications).
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.
Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the departments concerned. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.
Additional Documents Required
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