Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Building and Real Estate (Building Engineering and Management / Property Management / Surveying)
建築及房地產(榮譽)理學士組合課程 (建築工程及管理學 / 物業管理學 / 地產及建設測量學)


Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3100

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

121 (plus 2 training credits)

Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Undergraduate Scheme Chairperson

Dr Esther Yung

BArch, MSc (CPM), Dip Legal Studies, PhD, MRICS

Award Co-ordinator, BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management

  Dr JoonOh SEO

  PhD

Award Co-ordinator, BSc (Hons) in Property Management

Ms Hebe How

B.Bus, GradDip, Msc, MRICS, MCIOB

 

Award Co-ordinator, BSc (Hons) in Surveying

Sr Dr Ivy Wong

BSc, MDevPlan, PhD, MHKIS, MRICS

Remarks
  • Students will be awarded one of the following degrees upon successful completion of the relevant graduation requirements:
    *BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management
    *BSc (Hons) in Property Management
    *BSc (Hons) in Surveying

     
  • The Faculty of Construction and Environment International Student Scholarships (FCE ISS) will be offered to eligible international students. Please click here for more details.
     
  • All students admitted to the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate will complete a common first year curriculum. The decision to admit a student to a specific programme will be made by the Department based on the student’s preference, GPA results and/or interview performance. Students are required to indicate their preferred programmes / majors in the second semester of Year 1 study for consideration and approval.
     
  • The option of Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students in the BSc (Hons) Building Engineering and Management programme and the  option of a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) is available to the students enrolled in the BSc (Hons) in Property Management programme. Admission to either secondary major is on a competitive basis and subject to different credit requirements for graduation. Please see the “Secondary Major Details” section.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Aims & Learning Outcomes

The aim of the BRE Scheme is to provide an academic platform to develop students’ knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of building and real estate through experience with real-world methods and practices. Graduates possess intellectual, vocational and practical skills relevant to building and real estate and demonstrate independent thinking, curiosity, confidence and professionalism.

 

Programme Characteristics

Applicants to the BRE Scheme may choose from the following three programmes.

BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management

This programme provides students with a rich education in building engineering and construction project management. Our graduates are in great demand in the professional building and construction management sectors because they are well prepared to adapt to the changing needs of the construction industry and possess the expertise necessary to plan, coordinate, supervise and control the multiple complex processes involved in building projects.

BSc (Hons) in Property Management

This programme equips graduates to provide strategic business solutions for corporations and institutions that capitalise on real estate as a business asset and deploy real estate to enhance business value and competitiveness, optimise corporate resources, improve users’ experiences and prepare for the trends of tomorrow. This is a professionally recognised education programme with a global and practical vision. Offering a wide range of subjects related to building and real estate, the programme provides an interdisciplinary education in property and housing management, facilities management and real estate asset management.

BSc (Hons) in Surveying

This programme nurtures future professionals in the fields of building surveying, general practice surveying (real estate), planning and development, property and facility management, and quantity surveying (construction economics). Graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue professional careers in surveying and real estate, and to lead strategy and policy making in the land, property and construction sectors. 

Characteristics of Scheme-based Admission

All students admitted to the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate will complete a common first year curriculum. The decision to admit a student to a specific programme will be made by the Department based on the student’s preference, GPA results and/or interview performance. Students are required to indicate their preferred programmes / majors in the second semester of Year 1 study for consideration and approval.

Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Year 1: This is the common first year for all students. Students are introduced to basic knowledge and the latest issues relating to the construction and real estate industries.
  • Year 2: The curriculum covers the disciplines of economics and finance, law, technology, building engineering, real estate, property management, and housing and facilities management.
  • Years 3 and 4: The curriculum focuses on problem identification, problem solving and decision making in the key areas addressed by the programme.
  • Information on the subjects offered can be found at www.bre.polyu.edu.hk.

 

The programme curriculum can be found at www.bre.polyu.edu.hk/teachingnlearning/teachingnlearning-01.html.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The option of a Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to students enrolled in the BSc (Hons) Building Engineering and Management programme.

Features

  • Innovative new structure programme pathway

Students attain a Major in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) and a Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) in the 4-year undergraduate programme.

  • Digital technology and innovation in construction

The programme is designed to train students to become digitalisation specialists who will lead innovation in the construction industry by adopting advanced digital technologies and data-driven approaches. Students are equipped with core principles and practical knowledge in traditional construction technology and management as well as in-depth and integrated understanding of various artificial intelligence and data analytics approaches through interdisciplinary and hands-on training.

  • Wide range of core and elective subjects

Depending on their specific interests, students choose core and elective courses to fulfil the Secondary Major (AIDA) requirements. These range from courses in programming fundamentals to advanced data science and artificial intelligence techniques, offered by different departments at PolyU (e.g. Building and Real Estate, Applied Mathematics, Computing, Electronic and Information Engineering, and Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics). Furthermore, all BRE Level 3 and Level 4 courses required for any major or disciplines are offered as electives to students enrolled in other majors in the Department.

  • Internship and Field Study

Through internships and field study, students acquire practical skills and knowledge, learn industry best practices and latest technologies application, and explore the changing digital technological needs of various stakeholders in the construction industry.

Remarks

1. In total, 144 credits are required for a BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) with a Secondary Major (AIDA) [including 142 academic credits and 2 training credits (Work-Integrated Education, WIE)]. The details are as follows.   

  • General University Requirements (GUR): 30 academic credits
  • BEM Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR): 91 academic credits + 2 training credits                        
  • Secondary Major (AIDA) Requirements: 36 academic credits (Core: 30 credits and Elective: 6 credits)
  • Double-counted credits in both BEM Discipline-Specific Requirements and Secondary Major (AIDA) Requirements: 15 credits (4 courses including an Integrated Capstone Project of 6 credits)
  • Total credits required: 30 credits (GUR) + 93 credits (BEM) + 36 credits (AIDA) – 15 credits (double counting for BEM and AIDA) = 144 credits

2. Students opting for the Secondary Major (AIDA) will have only one elective course whereas the students in the single Major (BEM) will have two elective courses in their respective programme curriculums.

3. The BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management programme is accredited by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and The Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM).

 

The option of a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) is available to students enrolled in the BSc (Hons) in Property Management programme. 

Features

  • Innovative new structure programme pathway

Students attain a Major in Property Management (PMT) and a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) in this 4-year undergraduate programme.

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The programme is designed to transform creative and innovative students into entrepreneurs through a cross-disciplinary approach, hands-on experience and entrepreneurial activities. Students are equipped with academic knowledge and practical techniques critical to the development of financially viable and technically feasible innovation and entrepreneurship in the real estate industry.

  • Wide range of elective subjects

The elective subjects in the Secondary Major (IE), which include accounting and finance, innovation and technology management, marketing and management, are offered by different departments or schools at PolyU (e.g. Building and Real Estate, Accounting and Finance, Management & Marketing, Hotel and Tourism Management, Applied Social Sciences, Institute of Textiles and Clothing). Students choose their electives based on their interests. Furthermore, all BRE Level 3 and Level 4 courses required for majors or disciplines are offered as electives to students of enrolled in other majors in the Department. Students can also opt for some courses offered by the Department of Applied Social Sciences (i.e. APSS118, APSS4522 and APSS4531) in addition to or in lieu of the electives offered by the Department of Building and Real Estate.

  • Internship and Field Study

Through internship and field study, students will acquire practical skills and knowledge and will learn industry best practices and the latest technologies that can inform or support the development of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Remarks

1.In total, 153 credits are required for a BSc (Hons) in Property Management (PMT) with the Secondary Major (IE) [including 151 academic credits and 2 training credits (Work-integrated Education, WIE)]. The details are as follows.

  • General University Requirements (GUR): 30 academic credits
  • PMT Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR): 91 academic credits + 2 training credits
  • Secondary Major (IE) Requirements: 36 academic credits (Core: 21 credits and Elective: 15 credits)
  • Double-counted credits for both PMT discipline-specific requirements and Secondary Major (IE) requirements: 6 credits (2 subjects)
  • Total credits required: 30 credits (GUR) + 93 credits (PMT) + 36 credits (IE) – 6 credits (double counting for PMT and IE) = 153 credits 

2. Both students opting for the Secondary Major (IE) and students enrolled in the single Major (PMT) will have three elective courses in their programme curricula.

3. The following two core (compulsory) courses (a total of 9 credits) provide ample opportunities for students to extend classroom learning through direct observations and experiences that encourage critical thinking, active participation and transfer potential towards innovation and entrepreneurship.  

  • Company Attachment 12 weeks (6 credits)
  • GBA Summer Immersion / Field Study for Innovation Ecosystems (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 4. Two existing compulsory courses in the PMT major (6 credits in total: BRE465 - Asset Management and BRE4291 - Real Estate Marketing) fulfil the Secondary Major (IE) requirements for Discipline-Specific Electives.

 5. The BSc (Hons) in Property Management programme is accredited by The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH).

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The three programmes are accredited by the following professional institutions.

  • The BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)*, the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and the Chartered Institute of Building in the UK (CIOB)
  • The BSc (Hons) in Property Management is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK (RICS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS)
  • The BSc (Hons) in Surveying is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK (RICS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM)

* Up to the 2022 intake cohort. Re-accreditation will be sought.

Career Prospects

Many graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management will join recognised professional training programmes as building engineers or construction managers. They are well prepared to take up positions in construction companies or real estate development companies.

Many graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Property Management programme go on to train as property managers/officials of housing estates or take up posts in the retail and commercial building sectors in Hong Kong, mainland China and beyond. Others may receive training in quasi-government organisations such as Hong Kong Housing Society and Urban Renewal Authority and government departments, such as the Rating and Valuation Department, Lands Department and Housing Department.

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Surveying programme may wish to train under professional surveyors in various international surveying consultancies, property development companies, construction companies or quasi-government organisations, such as Hong Kong Housing Society and Urban Renewal Authority, or government departments, such as the Rating and Valuation Department, Lands Department, Housing Department and Architectural Services Department and Buildings Department.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 3400 3819/3400 8120/3400 8121; email: bsyywu@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


I am currently a Year Three student enrolled in the BSc (Hons) in Property Management programme. So far, I have acquired knowledge in subjects such as property law, management, accounting and property valuation. I have also had many opportunities to develop my practical skills by engaging in several academic projects. BRE also offered me a chance to be a summer intern at Kai Shing Management Services, a property management company, where I gained valuable experience in managing both residential buildings and shopping malls. I have also participated in extracurricular activities such as being a Student Helper at BRE, an International Student Ambassador and a Peer Mentor, all of which have helped me become a responsible professional who pays attention to detail. I feel very fortunate to be studying at BRE, as it is giving me both theoretical and practical ways to acquire knowledge about property management.


Leung Shuk Man, Daisy



Studying property management at BRE was an amazing and fruitful experience thanks to the comprehensive coverage, quality teaching and practical training. I chose property management without hesitation once I knew it would give me a promising career and lots of opportunities to develop lifelong skills. Participation in the Work-Integrated Education programme equipped me with practical property management tools and personal skills for tackling building defects and handling customers’ enquiries, even before graduation. I am also thankful to BRE for offering me the chance to be an exchange student in Australia, which was a very memorable experience. Now, having beaten out over 1,900 candidates, I am very fortunate to be a management trainee at the Link, and I believe that my training at BRE will help me take on valuable challenges here.


Tam Chung Yin, Ivy



I am glad to be a graduate of BRE. I enjoyed and learned a lot in the three years of my university life. The knowledge that I gained in the Property Management programme helped me to understand current real-estate market practices and operations, which has given me a competitive edge over those without a similar background. Subjects such as property law, development and control law, property management practice, real estate marketing, property management and real estate economics have been very useful in my career. BRE also provided extracurricular activities that broadened my horizons. During Year Two, I went to Australia as a participant in the Student Exchange Programme. I not only improved my English, but also widened my international perspective. I am glad that BRE gave me so many chances to represent it in competitions and activities, such as the Harmonised Neighbourhood – Sustainable Building Design Competition organised by the government, in which my team reached the Merit level. With the Department’s support I also participated in the volunteer rebuilding work in Sichuan. All of these activities have enhanced my ability to work as part of a team while strengthening my interpersonal skills.


Wong Siu Kit, Brian



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