Higher Diploma in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Sept 2020 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

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

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 that give graduates 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 land surveying and geo-information technology by choosing Elective Subjects in Year Two of the programme.


Students with good results in the HD programme have opportunities, upon submitting applications, to be admitted to senior placements 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 the government or construction, transportation and environment-related 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 are also promoted rapidly 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 a combination of both, prepares 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:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mobile and Online Apps Development

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)

2019-20: 17.7 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)


This programme has been restructured and retitled starting from 2018-19. The average HKDSE score in 2017-18 is listed for reference:

HD in Geomatics

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

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

Student Message

In 2017, I joined the Geomatics programme by coincidence. I had not actively done any prior research on or exploration of this subject. However, through studying geomatics for two years, I realised that land surveyors occuply an indispensable and honourable position in society.


This special position in society is fascinating to me. Theory, calculation and operating instruments interest me a lot, especially in terms of critical thinking and problem-solving.


I greatly appreciated the three surveying camps offered during this programme. As a teenager who is energetic and enthusiastic about outdoor activities, I found the camps a joyful experience. They require students to adapt previous knowledge learned from lectures and tutorials on campus to actually act in the field. I most enjoyed the teamwork in the field and gaining a sense of the success of data processing. The surveying camps called for a sense of responsibility and team spirit, which trained us to improve our communication skills and interpersonal skills and behaviour. I treasured the friendships I forged with my colleagues throughout the process.


The department (LSGI) and the programme’s Students’ Society (LSGISS) provide numerous chances for us to get familiar with the programme and our fellow students through various activities, such as attending camps and organising career talks. I got to know some graduate students, who were very helpful. They shared some information about our current studies and even some further work experience. What they shared equipped and guided us to prepare ourselves well for an unknown workspace.


Over the last two academic years, it meant a lot to me that I have gained knowledge of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics for both theoretical and practical reasons, along with some up-to-date information on the industry. This gave me a clearer career path for the near future.

LEE Chi Yuen

During this year of study, I have pursued my interest in Geomatics. This programme provides a diverse learning experience, including the acquisition and processing of geographic data, the use of surveying instruments, map generation and computer programming, which has given me an understanding of the domains of both land surveying and geo-informatics.


After learning about basic control of surveying equipment and the processing of fieldwork information, we attended a summer surveying camp. At the camp, students are required to do surveying work outside the campus, apply all the surveying knowledge they have learned and cooperate with others. Students have to perform surveying work in an unfamiliar environment. Generating a 3D map of the site is the final product of the surveying camp. In the camp, planning work and coordination among teammates are essential to finish the surveying tasks. The summer survey camp not only concludes the surveying courses of the semester but also helps to build strong connections between students.


In the past semesters, I have obtained fundamental knowledge in both domains, Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. The department is also supportive of students’ career development. Various career talks are held, with professionals and surveyors from different institutes invited to explain and give us a clear image of the industry.


Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

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