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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Surveying

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3789

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

121 (plus 2 training credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Award Coordinator

Sr Dr Ivy S.W. WONG
BSc(PolyU), M.DevPlan (UQ), PhD (UBC), MHKIS, MRICS

  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to approval.
  • This programme is offered within the BSc(Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate.
  • Two Ng Wing Hong Entry Scholarships are available for applicants to this programme with outstanding performance on the HKDSE. Each awardee will receive HK$10,000.
  • Prof. Francis S.K. Lau Entry Scholarship is available for applicants with excellent academic results.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This challenging programme aims to develop all-round and flexible graduates with fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the interdisciplinary professions of land management, real estate development and construction project management.  The Programme underpins surveying studies with the disciplines of economics and finance, law, management and technology and cultivates a global mindset with international studies in the real estate and construction markets in China and overseas.


Students are well prepared to enter the professions of building surveying, general practice surveying (real estate), planning and development, property and facility management and quantity surveying (construction economics) with full potentials to take leading and strategic roles in the profession and business of land, property and construction in future.


Programme Characteristics

This is a professional degree programme with a global and practical perspective. Students learn about economics, law, finance and investment, management and technology in the construction and real estate context. Problem identification, problem solving and decision making form the focus of the programme.


There is close contact with the industry through guest lectures, companies and site visits. Students undertake group and individual practical projects throughout their studies. We also have a mentorship scheme in which students are matched with employers and senior members of the professions to gain practical insights into professional practice.


We operate a study exchange programme to provide students with opportunities of studying abroad for one academic semester: Loughborough University (UK), the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), the University of Florida (USA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).


We also operate Work-Integrated Education in collaboration with the University to help students in gaining placements.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is professionally accreditated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK (RICS), the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM).


Career Prospects

Our graduates readily find employment as professional trainees in various international surveying consultancies, property development companies, construction companies, government departments such as the Rating and Valuation Department, the Lands Department, the Housing Department, the Architectural Services Department and the Buildings Department, and other large quasi-public organisations, such as the Housing Society.


In recent years, some graduates have also been recruited into business and financial institutions. A majority of the graduating class has been offered employment before or shortly after the final examination.



  • This is a broad interdisciplinary course that aims to provide a liberal education for students aspiring to become knowledge workers in the real estate and construction professions in particular.
  • In the first year, typical students mostly begin with General Education Subjects to fulfil university and faculty requirements. They are introduced to basic knowledge and contemporary issues relating to the broad discipline of Construction and Environment.
  • In the second year, students take subjects designed to develop their professional knowledge and problem-solving skills to undertake property development, and construction and project management, and to work with the dynamics of the industry. Students study Foundation Subjects in economics, finance and investment, law, management, technology and professional practice.
  • More advanced subjects in the third and fourth years will further prepare students to develop their professional competence in the surveying profession.
  • Further Elective Subjects are offered in the fourth year to help students enter one of the surveying specialisms: Building Surveying, General Practice Surveying, Planning and Development, Property and Facility Management and Quantity Surveying.
  • Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at
  • The programme curriculum can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 25.8 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8120/3400 8121/2766 7770; email:

Student Message

Student Message



BRE provides a professional and engaging study environment, with highly qualified professors actively involved in the industry. Highlights of my time in the Department have included industrial workshops, participation in a mentorship scheme and an internship experience. This, combined with strong professional networks and hands-on courses in the Surveying programme, is what makes studying at BRE unique.


With the well-designed programme and all the resources here, I have acquired a diversity of skills with which I can tackle challenges in various areas. Studying at BRE has further confirmed my interest in real estate and enhanced my confidence.

Lai Wai Yeung, Raphael

Studying for a BSc(Hons) in Surveying at PolyU was great fun and intellectually challenging. Now working as part of a professional cost planning team and facing a substantial volume of designs waiting to be translated into various cost plans within tight deadlines, I very much appreciate what BRE offered me.


Taught by highly experienced and approachable academic staff, I was not only equipped with extensive professional construction knowledge but also gained practical skills such as critical analysis, presentation and communication skills, and global and business awareness.  These skills are now particularly useful in my work. The Mentorship Scheme also laid a solid foundation for me to build a strong industry network, which has proved to be invaluable in my career since graduation. The decision to spend my undergraduate years at PolyU was the wisest choice I have ever made.

Lee Yeuk Ying, Krystal [2010 The Most Outstanding PolyU student]

PolyU teaches its students the skills needed to apply theory to workplace situations, providing them with valuable practical experience as an integral part of many courses. For instance, in my programme, all students receive professional training under the guidance of engineers and tutors, which ensures that every student is equipped with the essential skills for becoming a professional surveyor.


I have benefitted from participating in various local and overseas internships during my studies. These experiences have broadened my vision of the surveying industry, allowing me to cultivate significant insights and forge a career path.


PolyU encourages its students to pursue extra-curricular interests, including activities in the arts and music. As one of the cellists with the PolyU Orchestra, I have played in numerous concerts, including a performance in Shenzhen and an exchange programme concert with the University of Stuttgart. PolyU provides ample opportunities for students to develop and explore themselves.

Li Cheuk Hin, Alex

Following graduation, I joined the Swire Group as a Management Trainee seconded to Swire Properties. With Swire, I dealt with luxury retail brands as part of the Pacific Place retail team, and analysed and executed various investment acquisition and disposals in Development and Valuations.  My current role is in residential sales, working on the launch of several residential projects under the new First Hand Sales Ordinance.  My job is challenging and I am grateful that the training I received from BRE equipped me well.


Thanks to the BRE mentorship programme, I had the chance from Year 1 to receive professional training from my mentor, who organised an in-house training series on useful topics in the property industry.  This greatly inspired me, and later I started my own study group with friends and explored property sector performance in equity markets. Work-Integrated Education at BRE provided a perfect link between unpolished students like us and leading institutions in this industry. I treasure the experience I gained as part of the DTZ valuation team, where my colleagues drove me to inspect hundreds of village houses.


BRE is where I learned about my passion and strengths. Various resources available in the library backed up my technical knowledge, and I am particularly thankful to lecturers and tutors who were helpful in answering my questions.  It was their effort that paved the way for me into the property world in which I now work.

Ma Cheng, Chris [2011 Preferred Gradate (Special Student, All-round)]

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview

To obtain a better understanding of the overall academic and non-academic qualities and achievements of the applicants.


About 20 minutes


Only selected Band A applicants will be invited to attend an interview.