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Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Faculty of Construction and Environment
Department of Building and Real Estate

Stream Code

PFM for MSc (Full-time)
PFP for PgD (Full-time)
PPM for MSc (Part-time)
PPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MSc,
21 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,300 per credit for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Hong Qin FAN
BSc (Tsinghua University), MSc (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of Alberta), MHKIE, MHKICM, MCIOB


This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme targets professionals who already have a Bachelor's degree and who work in construction or related disciplines in or around Hong Kong. Primarily, it offers opportunities for practising architects, construction managers, engineers, surveyors, technologists and related professionals to broaden and deepen their knowledge of project management.


Many businesses need professionals who are skillful in project management and who are capable of innovating and providing creative solutions to complex problems. We help students to develop an innovative approach to problem solving in general and to project management in particular. Over time, this should produce highly skilled management professionals to operate in the region, including Hong Kong. The Dissertation further allows MSc students to pursue a topic of their own choice in greater depth.



The philosophy of this programme is student-centred learning, or teaching students how to learn, which makes good use of the pool of knowledge and experience that is contained within each subject. Led by staff members who are leading researchers in their fields, and supplemented by professionals who share their knowledge of the industry, the programme encourages students to learn systematically from their own experience, and introduces them to the theories and good practices of managing projects from both the technological and business perspectives.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM) as fulfiling their academic requirements leading to professional assessment for corporate membership. This recognition status is subject to regular reviews by the respective professional institutions.


Programme Structure

In the part-time mode, the first year emphasises project management processes and techniques, thus equipping students with contemporary and in-depth knowledge of project management. This is supplemented by insights into the major factors that influence real estate development. In the second year, elements such as value management, finance and international construction provide specific knowledge of construction project management at the macro level.

Students may integrate the critical analysis, evaluation and application of the knowledge gained from the programme with their own experience to produce a research-based Dissertation after completing 7 subjects. They may also complete 3 additional subjects instead of the MSc Dissertation. Switching between full-time and part-time studies requires prior approval from the programme administration and the Academic Registry.

Applicants whose educational background is not in a construction-related area are recommended to take CSE565 Construction Technology, or CSE566 Statutory Framework for Construction Practice, or its equivalent as designated by the Award Co-ordinator, as an Elective Subject (within the 30-credit graduation requirement for MSc) on weekday evenings for 13 weeks. Those subjects may be offered in alternate years.

To enhance self-study, the Department provides study guides and reading materials for Core Subjects.

For the MSc 
Students must complete 10 subjects (including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 2 other Core Subjects) OR 7 subjects (including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects) and a Dissertation (9 credits).

For the PgD 
Students must complete 7 subjects (including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects).

Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of Core Subjects in the programme.

  • ​Real Estate Development*
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Managing People in Projects*^
  • Construction Process Management*
  • Strategic Management*^
  • Project Appraisal
  • International Construction Projects
  • Development Finance & Investment
  • Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate@*
  • Construction Information Technology
  • Value Management in Construction & Property

* Compulsory Core Subject 
MSc students who opt for the Dissertation should study this subject in advance or in parallel with the Dissertation.
^ Local students completing these subjects with a minimum of 70% attendance are eligible to apply for CEF reimbursement. Registration with CEF should precede subject commencement.


Students can choose up to 9 credits of Elective Subjects from the pool of subjects offered by the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) or from sister departments in the Faculty under the self-financed Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment. Some Elective Subjects may be held on weekday evenings on a 13-week basis. Students are advised to check class and examination timetables to avoid clashes in Elective Subjects.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications); 
  • ​Preferably two years of relevant work experience.

Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to enrol in the MSc programme.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Classes in the part-time mode consist of 3 full-day workshops (normally held on Saturdays or Sundays) in Hong Kong for each Core Subject lasting for one semester, during which face-to-face interaction with teaching staff and fellow students takes place. Students are encouraged to attend these workshops and to participate in a multidisciplinary setting, in addition to undertaking self-study and completing assignments and project work.

For the full-time mode, daytime classes on weekdays are held in addition to the weekend workshops.

Core Subjects are only offered once each academic year, and students are advised to check and plan their subject registration carefully.


For further information on academic matters and the curricula, please contact: 
Dr Ann Yu (tel: (852) 2766 5795; email: ann.yu@polyu.edu.hk);
or Ms Queenie Wong (tel: (852) 3400 8122; email: queenie.wong@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.