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Higher Diploma in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3105

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credit Required for Graduation

62 (plus 1-credit industrial safety training)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Zhu Xiao-Lin 
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

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


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

Aims & Characteristics

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 & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is seeking accreditation from the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) to admit 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 as 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 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

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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

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

2020-21: 16.4 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 5968; email:

Student Message

Student Message

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 of 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 complete 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 last few 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.


In 2018, I embarked on the Land Surveying and Geo-informatics programme, which was previously named Geomatics. The term "geomatics" is not well known amongst college students or the public; some have never even heard of this word. Geomatics is an interesting science with a wide range of dimensions, from geography to information technology. Over these 2 years of study, I gained a lot of knowledge, such as how to acquire or obtain raw information on land, such as 3D coordinates; operate surveying instruments; develop maps with a vast amount of data, namely geographic information system (GIS) data related to certain positions on the ground; and make use of satellite and remote sensing.


First and foremost, I would like to say a big thank you to Dr Matthew Pang, who came to my college to promote this subject and inspired my enthusiasm in this area. Of course, I greatly appreciate all of the staff in LSGI for their extraordinary teaching, giving students a remarkable and fruitful study experience. As students at LSGI, we have countless opportunities to learn and reflect on the knowledge we gain in lectures, from the lab section to survey camps. Hands-on experience truly optimises our learning. What has impressed me most are the survey camps, which provide not only hands-on experience of using instruments, but also the chance for us to develop our skills in communicating with team members.


In the last few years, the Department (LSGI) and the student society held a number of career talks, inviting current land surveyors and other experts to share their stories and offer various suggestions for our career development.

WU Kin Wai

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

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