Master of Science in High Performance Buildings

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

HFM (Full-time)
HPM (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)

Dr Chau Chi Kwan

  • 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

Programme Aims

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.


Programme Structure

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.


Compulsory Subjects

  • Building System Performance
  • Building Carbon Footprint Assessment
  • Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment
  • Research Project


Core Subjects

  • 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

Entrance Requirements

  • 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.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Dr Chau Chi Kwan (tel: (852) 2766 7780; email:

Student Message

Concern over carbon footprints, indoor environmental quality, climate change and other environmental issues is gradually increasing. By offering me sufficient and up-to-date knowledge, this taught MSc programme has enabled me to deliver the best optimised designs and be more environmentally friendly in my work for an engineering consultancy firm.

Wong Kwan Ting

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

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