Higher Diploma in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3117

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years (plus one summer term of Year One)

Credits Required for Graduation

60 (plus 10 training credits)

Students may be required to take an extra subject in physics depending on their entry qualifications.

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

Prof. Sandy To
MPhil (Brun), PhD(PolyU), MHKPOMA, MIET, cirpM

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

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Prorgamme Aims and Learning Outcomes

Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, physical science, and social science. This programme teaches students fundamental engineering concepts, information technology, design, management, communication skills, and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. It provides an understanding of the complex problems of modern industrial and business operations.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is a subset of the 4-year BEng(Hons) in Industrial and Systems Engineering programme, and shares the characteristics and subjects relating to information systems, human factors and integrated product and process design. Graduates can apply for the department’s degree programmes with credit transfers.



  • In Year One, students receive a broad-based engineering education that covers information technology, mathematics and statistics, materials science and engineering, university physics, and practical workshop training. 
  • In Year Two, students study specialised subjects in industrial and systems engineering that covers industrial engineering techniques and methods, quality engineering, control and automation, design and a group project. They can choose two Electives to suit their career development and personal interest.
  • Supporting subjects include Language and Communication Requirement subjects and Cluster-Area Requirement subjects.
  • Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

In Hong Kong and around the world, a new generation of engineers is needed to meet the new era of digital technology. Graduates can typically find work as industrial engineers, systems engineers, project engineers, product development engineers, manufacturing engineers, logistics engineers, marketing engineers, and costing engineers.

Industrial and systems engineers are needed not only for production of goods and services, but also in transportation, hospitals, banks, IT companies and government departments.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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



For further programme information, please contact:

Ms Becky Chan (tel: 3400 3838; email: becky.chan@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message

In Year One, the Higher Diploma in Industrial and Systems Engineering is comprehensive, with broad-based engineering areas including information technology, mathematics and statistics, university physics, a freshman seminar for engineering and practical workshop training. These subjects help us to familiarise ourselves with engineering while preparing us for the specialised subjects in Year Two.


Moreover, whenever we have any difficulties, the lecturers and professors are eager to help us and provide feedback on our work. In addition, students can comment on the curriculum in the student-staff consultative meetings. As the class representative, I have built close relationships with my classmates and professors while increasing my responsibilities and developing my communication skills.

Cheung Hoi Ching

The first year of the Higher Diploma in Industrial and Systems Engineering programme has equipped me with a basic knowledge of engineering, especially in the aspects of physics, mathematics and IT. Moreover, the training provided by the Industrial Centre has given me insight into the industrial world, allowing me to use various software packages to create 3D images and learn mechatronic systems. Apart from academic study, the department also frequently offers a variety of activities such as dinner gatherings, hiking and visiting local enterprises.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank my professors, who are always willing to help students solve their problems. PolyU is a good place to build your social network. I have met many new friends, both in my major programme and in other programmes. I enjoy my university life and am proud to be a student at PolyU.

Lee Tsan Ngan

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Programme Leaflet

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Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November 2020 and April 2021
Mode:Individual interview via Skype or telephone

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to assess their language and communication skills, and their learning attitude.


About 10-15 minutes

  • Suitable applicants will be invited to interview.