Higher Diploma in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3105

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credit Required for Graduation

62 (plus 1 training credit)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Wong Man-Sing, Charles 
BSc, MPhil, PhD, Fulbright, MHKInstES, MRICS

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Zhu Xiao-Lin 
BSc, MSc, PhD


The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to approval.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The programme aims to provide education and training so that graduates can obtain the basic skills necessary to function as geomatics paraprofessionals working in the areas of land surveying (土地測量) and geo-information technology (地理資訊科技).


Programme Characteristics

The programme is well recognised by the profession in Hong Kong and abroad. Our teaching staff members are internationally recognised and our laboratory facilities are state of the art.


Students can study both on land surveying and geo-information technology by choosing Elective Subjects in Year Two of the programme.


Students with good results in the HD programme will have opportunities, upon submitting applications, to be admitted to senior placement in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics programme.


Graduates can apply for advanced entry to related degrees in overseas universities.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is seeking accreditation from the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) for admitting graduates to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Scheme under its Land Surveying Division (LSD) [Pending approval].


The programme will seek recognition from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES) to satisfy the academic requirements for Associate Membership.


Career Prospects

Our graduates work as land surveying technicians in government, construction, transportation and environment companies, or GIS technicians in government departments or companies that are involved in construction, mapping, information technology, logistics, transportation, environmental monitoring and consulting.


Most of our graduates find employment soon after graduation. Many also gain rapid promotion in their respective organisations.


  • Year One teaches basic land surveying and geo-information technology and provides a set of core subjects required by the University.
  • In Year Two, students can select Elective Subjects to suit their own career aspirations. Choosing either land surveying or geo-information technology related subjects, or combination of both will prepare graduates for study in the Department’s BSc programme.
  • Information about the programme can be obtained at www.lsgi.polyu.edu.hk.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

  • Mobile and Online Apps Development
  • Environmental Engineering

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2018-19: 18.3 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)


HD in Geomatics*

2016-17: 19.5 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

2017-18: 19.2 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)


* This programme is restructured starting from 2018-19. The average HKDSE scores over the past years are listed for reference.

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 5968; email: lsdept@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Studying in this programme satisfies my curiosity for Geomatics, from the acquisition to the utilisation of geospatial data, and from using surveying equipment to generating maps. The subjects in this programme have provided me over the past year with an all-round learning experience.


The highlight of the programme is the summer survey camp, which requires students to apply all the skills they had learnt in the past semesters. It acts both as a comprehensive conclusion of the knowledge acquired, and as a catalyst for friendship among classmates. The main task of the survey camp is to generate a survey plan of the campsite. To achieve this goal, coordination of all groups in the class is required, so all of the classmates are working together on the same piece of work. Thus, the camp consolidates both students’ knowledge and the bonding among them.


The department (LSGI) and the programme’s Students’ Society (LSGISS) are also very supportive of students’ career development. Professionals in the industry and experienced surveyors from various institutes were invited to talks held by the department and LSGISS, easing our concerns and answering our questions. The department also provided students with extensive job advice and internship opportunities.


During the past academic year, I have gained a vast knowledge of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, along with career information about the industry, which has helped me clarify my studies and my future career path.

Chow Angus

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