Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3026

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

69 (plus 3 training credits)

Programme Intake
75 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Cheung Hiu Dan, Hilda
BEng (Hons), PhD, MHKGBC, BEAM Pro

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

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme is aimed to equip students with the skills needed to develop careers in building services engineering. Students gain a sound knowledge of the design, installation and operation of building services systems and learn how they are integrated within the building structure, how they are coordinated during installation and how they operate effectively.

Students also learn to carry out design calculations, undertake appropriate testing and commissioning, and properly maintain and operate systems.

We develop students' basic supervisory and management skills to allow them to work as subordinates to professional engineers or as supervisors of technicians, craftsmen and unskilled workers.

Established in 1981, this well-respected two-year full-time government-funded programme is the oldest building services engineering sub-degree programme in Hong Kong. The programme has won recognition for the quality of its teaching. It is also the most respected advancement pathway to a building services engineering degree in Hong Kong or the UK.

The programme provides students with the following learning outcomes:

(A) Professional/academic knowledge and skills:

  • An awareness of health and safety issues related to building services engineering.
  • An ability to carry out basic design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of building services systems, including HVAC&R, electrical installations, fire services, plumbing and drainage systems.
  • An ability to consider global, local and environment/ energy efficiency issues related to building services systems.
  • An ability to communicate with engineering drawings and use computer-aided design (CAD) software for building services engineering blueprint production.
  • An understanding of the contractual procedures and responsibilities within the construction industry.

(B) Attributes for all-roundedness:

  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to work independently and in a team with accountability.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English, Chinese and be IT literate.
  • Life-long learning skills, and an ability to tackle and evaluate problems and seek solutions.



Students acquire the skills that are necessary for a wide variety of positions. The programme also encourages their personal career development and their potential to pursue further studies.



  • Year 1 studies cover electrical, thermal, plumbing and drainage systems, and environmental aspects, in addition to supplementary studies in areas such as mathematics, English, drafting skills, laboratory work and general education. Practical training in the Industrial Centre is conducted during the summer term.
  • In Year 2, additional technical and management subjects are covered. Students also gain hands-on experience of the operation, maintenance and testing of building services systems. They are also engaged in a Group Design Project that integrates all of the technical knowledge that they have gained.
  • General University Requirements: 9 credits of Language and Communication Requirements (6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese) and 6 credits of Cluster-Area Requirements (minimum 3 credits should be in subjects designated as "China-related").
  • Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.bse.polyu.edu.hk.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) has granted full recognition to the BSE Higher Diploma programme. The Higher Diploma is an acceptable academic qualification for Associate Membership of the HKIE. Academic programmes accredited by the HKIE for the Building Services Discipline are reciprocally recognised by the UK's Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).


Career Prospects

Graduates can work as assistant engineers or engineering technicians under the supervision of registered professional engineers in consulting or contracting firms, or in government departments. They may also work as engineering technicians with developers or maintenance contractors in the maintenance and operation of building services systems. Working as sales engineers for building services equipment and systems suppliers is also an option.

Further Studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for government-funded BEng(Hons) degree programme.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5847; email: beenquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

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