Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Building and Real Estate
建築及房地產(榮譽)理學士組合課程


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3100

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

121 (plus 2 training credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
98 (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)
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

Dr Ivy Wong
BSc, MDevPlan, PhD, MHKIS, MRICS

Remarks

Students are awarded one of the following awards on meeting the graduation requirements of the discipline concerned:

  • BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Property Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Surveying

 

For JUPAS applicants, a prescribed percentage (approximately 40%) of the total admission quota shall be given to those applicants with better HKDSE result performance ranked by their DSE admission scores and interview scores. These candidates shall receive an unconditional offer for placement to their preferred programmes / majors within the Scheme after one year of study without being subject to further assessment. Receiver of the unconditional offer for placement would be notified of this message in the Notice of Offer at JUPUS Main Round offer result announcement. 

 

The remaining percentage (approximately 60%) of JUPAS and non-JUPAS admittees would indicate their preferred programmes / majors within the Scheme, and shall be ranked by their academic performance in term of overall GPA scores achieved after one year of study to determine the allocation of their preferred programmes / majors to join in the second year of study.

 

Offered non-JUPAS applicants who are eligible for an unconditional offer for placement to their preferred programmes / majors within the Scheme after one year of study would be informed of this message in the Notice of Offer as well.

 

The option of Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to the students of BSc (Hons) Building Engineering and Management and the other option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) is also available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Property Management. Admission to the Secondary Majors are on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see '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 of 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 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, deploying real estate to enhance business value and competitiveness, optimise corporate resources, improve users’ experiences, and prepare for the trends of tomorrow. This is a professional 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 and facilities 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 lead strategy making in the land, property, and construction sectors. 

 

Characteristics of Scheme Based Admission

Students admitted to the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate will complete a common first year curriculum. Students would then be required to indicate their priority on preferred programmes / majors after the first year of study.

 

Approximately 40% of students in the Scheme will receive an unconditional offer for placement to their preferred programmes / majors without any restrictions, determined by the ranking of their DSE admission scores and interview scores for JUPAS students, or by means of other relevant outstanding academic results for non-JUPAS students. Qualified JUPAS and non-JUPAS students would be informed at the time receiving the Notice of Offer.

 

The remaining approximately 60% of students will be ranked by their overall GPA scores after one year of study to determine the allocation of their preferred programmes / majors to join in the second year of study.

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)

 

Career Prospects

Many graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management go on to train 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 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 receive training in Hong Kong government departments, such as the Rating and Valuation Department, Lands Department, and Housing Department.

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Surveying may wish to train under professional surveyors in various international surveying consultancies, property development companies, construction companies, or local government departments, such as the Rating and Valuation Department, Lands Department, Housing Department, and Architectural Services Department and Buildings Department.

Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Year 1 is the common first year of the Scheme. Students are introduced to basic knowledge of and the latest issues relating to the construction and real estate industry.
  • 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 Details

Secondary Major Details

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

Features

  • Innovative new structure programme pathway

Students attain Award Major in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) and Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) in the 4 years of undergraduate studies.

  • Digital technology and innovation in construction

The programme is designed to train up students to become digitalisation specialists who will lead innovation in the field of 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 alongside 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

Students are allowed to choose core and elective subjects as the Secondary Major (AIDA) requirements that range from basic 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, Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, etc), considering their interests in specific fields of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. Also, all BRE Level 3 and Level 4 subjects of a particular Major or disciplines are offered as electives to students of another Major within the Department.

  • Internship and Field Study

Through internship and field study, students will be able to 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.The total credits required for graduation of BSc(Hons) in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) with the Secondary Major (AIDA) are 144 [including 142 academic credits and 2 training credits (Work-Integrated Education, WIE)]. 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 for both BEM discipline-specific requirements and Secondary Major (AIDA) requirements: 15 credits (4 subjects including 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 subject whereas the students of the existing major (BEM) will have two elective subjects to choose within their respective programme curriculums.

3. The major programme of BSc(Hons) in Building Engineering and Management 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). BSc(Hons) in Building Engineering and Management with secondary major will seek the accreditation from these professional bodies as well.

 

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

Features

  • Innovative new structure programme pathway

Students attain Award Major in Property Management (PMT) and Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) in the 4 years of undergraduate studies.

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The programme is designed to transform creative and innovative students into entrepreneurs through 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

Students are allowed to choose elective subjects as the Secondary Major (IE) requirements that range from accounting and finance, innovation and technology management to marketing, and management 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, etc), considering their interests in specific fields of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Also, all BRE Level 3 and Level 4 subjects of a particular Major or disciplines are offered as electives to students of another Major within the Department. Students can also opt for some subjects offered by the Department of Applied Social Sciences (i.e. APSS118, APSS4522 and APSS4531) in addition to or in lieu of those electives offered by the Department of Building and Real Estate.

  • Internship and Field Study

Through internship and field study, students will be able to acquire practical skills and knowledge, learning industry best practices and latest technologies application to inform or support the development of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Remarks

1.The total credits required for graduation of BSc(Hons) in Property Management (PMT) with the Secondary Major (IE) are 153 [including 151 academic credits and 2 training credits (Work-integrated Education, WIE)]. 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 the students opting for the secondary major (IE) and the students of the existing major (PMT) will have the same number of three elective subjects to choose within their respective programme curriculums.

3. The following two core (compulsory) subjects (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 subjects of the PMT major (6 credits in total: BRE465 - Asset Management and BRE4291 - Real Estate Marketing) shall fulfil the Secondary Major (IE) requirements as Discipline-Specific Electives.

 5. The major programme of BSc(Hons) in Property Management 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). BSc(Hons) in Property Management with secondary major will seek the accreditation from these professional bodies as well.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 23.1 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact
the General Office (tel.: 3400 8121/3400 8120/3400 3819; email: bsvivien@polyu.edu.hk or bsyywu@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


The undergraduate course Building and Real Estate (BRE) at PolyU piqued my interest in the real estate industry and equipped me with a solid foundation for my postgraduate studies and career. I am currently working in the Investment Department at Savills, using my expertise to advise those active in the commercial real estate market on investment, redevelopment, and owner-occupation issues. This involves property acquisition and disposal at every level, from individual investments to property portfolios. This work is interesting and challenging! Many thanks, BRE!


Chan Wai Yan, Vivien



During my four years at PolyU, I gained more than I ever expected. Through internships, hall life, Service-Learning trips, club activities, and exchanges, PolyU provides many opportunities for students to realise their potential.

 

Travelling to the UK as an exchange student was a highlight for me. I had never been away from my home town for so long. During my time abroad, I was exposed to a different culture and tasked with making a life in a foreign country. I found that I became more mature and was motivated to develop my problem-solving skills to overcome unforeseen challenges on my own. This was an unforgettable and enriching experience.

 

Living in halls was a great way to immerse myself in university life. The various events on campus put me in close contact with students from different faculties, in different years, and with different backgrounds. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and enjoy all of the activities on offer.


Lam Lai Ting, Sandy



I am grateful to PolyU and BRE for the opportunity to study in the Department of Architecture at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia as an exchange student for about 6 months. This experience broadened my horizons and extended my international network, which was of great benefit when I worked as a project manager and had to hold conference calls with client representatives across the world.

 

With BRE’s support, I was also able to join the Preferred Graduate Programme, undertaking summer internships at Nanjing Construction Bank and the largest developer in Xi Shan in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Working for a state-owned company and experiencing the Chinese work environment were crucial to my professional and personal development.


Leung Chin Pak, Patrick



Studying Property Management at PolyU was an immensely fruitful experience. The programme offers comprehensive coverage of the field, with high-quality teaching and practical training. I will never regret enrolling in this programme, as it equipped me to pursue a successful career and gave me many opportunities to develop lifelong skills.

 

My three years of study at PolyU prepared me well to enter the workplace. The Work-Integrated Education component of the programme equipped me with skills in practical property management and communication, helping me to both address building defects and handle customers’ enquiries. I am also grateful to BRE for offering me the chance to travel to Australia as an exchange student, which was a very memorable experience. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to be chosen from more than 1,900 candidates to serve as a management trainee at Link. I believe that my time at PolyU prepared me to tackle the challenges I now face.


Tam Chung Yin, Ivy



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview
Aims:

To obtain a better understanding of the overall academic and non-academic qualities and achievements of the applicants.

Medium:English
Duration:

About 15 minutes

Remark:

Only selected Band A applicants will be invited to attend an interview.