Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Scheme in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development
土木工程及可持續發展學(榮譽)工學士組合課程


Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3120

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering
126 (plus 12 practical training credits)

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)
126 (plus 12 practical training credits)

BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development
125 (plus 12 practical training credits)

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility)
Secondary Major: AI and Data Analytics

138 (plus 12 practical training credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
128
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Leader
Dr Barbara Wing-yee Siu
PhD

Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering & BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility) (Secondary Major: AI and Data Analytics)
Prof. Yuhong Wang
PhD, MSc, MEng, BEng

Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)
Prof. Songye Zhu
PhD

Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development
Ir Dr Shao-Yuan Leu
PhD, M.S., B.S.

Remarks
  • Four full-time programmes are offered under the Scheme:
    1. BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering
    2. BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)
    3. BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development
    4. BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility) (Secondary Major: AI and Data Analytics)
  • A common curriculum is provided for all first-year students.
  • At the end of the second semester of Year 1, students can choose to study one of programmes 1–3 as their major, according to their interests and without being subject to further assessment.
  • Students who wish to study programme 4 as their major are assessed for eligibility based on their grade point average (GPA) for Year 1. 
  • For the details of programme 4, please see the “Secondary Major Details” section.
  • The credit requirements of these programmes are indicative only and are subject to review.

 

Entry Scholarship

  • To recognise those who achieved outstanding academic performance in the HKDSE, the Department will grant entry scholarships to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the programmes via JUPAS. The award criteria of the scholarship listed in this information sheet are subject to change and will be announced on the same website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims, Learning Outcomes and Characteristics

BEng (Hons) Scheme in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development

This BEng (Hons) Scheme in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development provides a well-structured top-quality interdisciplinary education that is a balance of state-of-the-art knowledge and the highly in-demand skills that underpin modern civil engineering practice.

 

The Year 1 common curriculum offers a broad fundamental education that integrates subjects from both civil and environmental engineering disciplines, enabling students to make a well-informed choice about the major in which to specialise from their second year of study.

 

Depending on their chosen major – civil engineering, structural and fire safety engineering, or environmental engineering – graduates are eligible to join Scheme A training of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in the Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Fire, Environmental, and Logistics & Transportation Engineering disciplines.

 

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

This programme aims to nurture well-rounded civil engineering graduates who are conversant in environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, structural and transportation engineering, in addition to construction management. Graduates will be able to plan, design, construct, and manage interdisciplinary civil engineering projects incorporating complex commercial, environmental, social and legal considerations.

 

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)

This is a unique programme that combines the essential elements of structural engineering, civil engineering, and fire safety engineering to address the emerging challenges of structural safety and fire safety in high-rise structures and densely populated cities. Graduates are equipped with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills of structural engineering, active and passive fire-protection technologies, and assume critical roles in designing, maintaining, and retrofitting new and existing buildings.

 

BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development

This is a unique programme that integrates elements of environmental engineering, sustainable development, and occupational safety and health. Graduates are able to devise practical solutions to environmental and safety problems in water and waste management, circular economies, energy sustainability, and urban development, and contribute to the formulation of policies that will lead to sustainable development.

 

Attractive Features

  • A 4-year (1 common year + 3 years of your selected major) full-time comprehensive programme.
  • Opportunities to join exchange programmes for 1–2 semesters at top universities worldwide.
  • Practical training modules in the technologically advanced Industrial Centre of the University.
  • Summer placement in Hong Kong, Mainland China or overseas.
  • A global learning experience for each student.
  • Scholarships are available for students demonstrating excellent academic performance.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

Full accreditation has been granted to this programme by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)*. As such, graduates of the programme are qualified for Corporate Membership of HKIE after appropriate training and are eligible to join Scheme A training of HKIE in the following disciplines:

  • Civil Discipline
  • Environmental Discipline
  • Geotechnical Discipline
  • Structural Discipline
  • Logistics & Transportation Discipline (upon completion of specific elective subjects)

 

* Up to 2022 cohort of intake. Re-accreditation will be sought.

 

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)

Full accreditation for this programme is being sought from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Once this has been obtained, graduates of the programme will be qualified for Corporate Membership of HKIE after appropriate training and are eligible to join Scheme A training of HKIE in the following disciplines:

  • Civil Discipline
  • Structural Discipline
  • Fire Discipline

 

BEng(Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development

Full accreditation has been granted to this programme by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)*. As such, graduates of this programme are qualified for Corporate Membership of HKIE after appropriate training and are eligible to join Scheme A training of HKIE in the following disciplines:

  • Environmental Discipline
  • Logistics & Transportation Discipline (upon completion of specific elective subjects)

 

Upon the completion of three specific safety subjects, students will fulfil the academic requirements of a Safety Supervisor.

 

* Up to 2022 cohort of intake. Re-accreditation will be sought.

 

Career Prospects

The majority of our graduates embark upon rewarding careers in government departments and authorities, engineering consultants and construction contractors soon after graduation. After a few years of work experience, many graduates further advance their careers by sitting an examination to become professional engineers. Other graduates pursue higher degrees at prestigious overseas institutions.

Curriculum

Curriculum

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

  • The Year 1 common curriculum covers basic knowledge and latest issues in the fields of civil engineering and sustainable development.
  • The Years 2 and 3 curricula cover comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, structural and transportation engineering, and construction management.
  • The Year 4 curriculum provides in-depth exposure to specific fields of interest through a wide range of advanced elective subjects. Students conduct a Design Project, which requires them to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first 3 years of study, and an Individual Capstone Project, which gives them research experience and thereby assists their further intellectual development. 

 

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)

  • The Year 1 common curriculum covers basic knowledge and latest issues in the fields of civil engineering and sustainable development.
  • The Years 2 and 3 curricula cover comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of structural engineering, fire safety engineering and civil engineering.
  • The Year 4 curriculum provides in-depth exposure to specific fields of interest through a wide range of advanced elective subjects. Students conduct a Design Project, which requires them to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first 3 years of study, and an Individual Capstone Project, which gives them research experience and thereby assists their further intellectual development. 

 

BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development

  • The Year 1 common curriculum covers basic knowledge and latest issues in the field of civil engineering and sustainable development.
  • The Years 2 and 3 curricula cover comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of environmental engineering, sustainable development, and occupational safety and health.
  • The Year 4 curriculum provides in-depth exposure to specific fields of interest through a wide range of advanced elective subjects. Students conduct a Design Project, which requires them to integrate knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first 3 years of study, and an Individual Capstone Project, which gives them research experience and thereby supports their further intellectual development. 

 

For subject details, please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/cee/.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility)
Secondary Major: AI and Data Analytics

Credits Required for Graduation

138 (plus 12 practical training credits)

Programme Leader

Prof. Yuhong Wang
PhD, MSc, MEng, BEng

 

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes & Characteristics

Hong Kong is a global financial centre, a fast-growing tourism city, and an international shipping and aviation hub. Thus, Hong Kong has a great need for a smart, seamlessly integrated, and multi-modal mobility system that connects it with the nation and the world. This secondary major aims to equip a new generation of engineers with a mastery of knowledge and skills in civil engineering, transportation engineering, data analytics, and machine learning, such that they will become leaders in smart mobility development.

 

Attractive Features

  • Four-year (1 common year + 3 years of your selected major) full-time comprehensive programme.
  • Opportunities to join exchange programme for 1–2 semesters at top universities worldwide.
  • Practical training modules in the technologically advanced Industrial Centre of the University.
  • Summer placements in Hong Kong, Mainland China or overseas.
  • A global learning experience for each student
  • Scholarships are available for students demonstrating excellent academic performance. 

 

Remarks

  • A common curriculum is provided for all first-year students.
  • At the end of the second semester of Year 1, students who are interested in taking BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility) (Secondary Major: AI and Data Analytics) are subject to further assessment based on their grade point average (GPA) in Year 1. 
  • Only students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for enrolment into the Secondary Major.
  • BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (Smart Mobility) is only offered in conjunction with the Secondary major: AI and Data Analytics.
  • Students who wish to withdraw from the Secondary Major must obtain approval to do so from the Department before the end of the add/drop period of the final semester of study.
  • The major of students who withdraw from the Secondary Major, will be changed to BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, and their graduation may be delayed.

 

Professional Recognition

Full accreditation will be sought for the programme from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Once this has been obtained, graduates of the programme will be qualified for Corporate Membership of HKIE after appropriate training and are eligible to join Scheme A training of HKIE in the following disciplines:

  • Civil Discipline
  • Geotechnical Discipline
  • Structural Discipline
  • Logistics & Transportation Discipline

 

Career Prospects

The majority of our graduates with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering embark on rewarding careers in government departments and authorities, engineering consultants and construction contractors soon after graduation. After a few years of relevant working experience, many graduates further advance their careers by sitting an examination to become professional engineers. Other graduates pursue higher degrees at prestigious overseas institutions. In addition, graduates with this secondary major have a competitive edge when seeking positions with transport consultancies, public transport operators, Mobility-as-a-Service companies, and other positions in the field of smart mobility development and applications.

 

Curriculum

  • Comprehensive civil engineering subjects are taught from the second to the fourth year, covering practical knowledge in the fields of geotechnical, hydraulic, structural and transportation engineering. 
  • The Year 1 common curriculum covers basic knowledge and latest issues in the fields of civil engineering and sustainable development.
  • The Year 2 and 3 curricula cover comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of civil engineering and transportation engineering. They also include elementary aspects of-statistics, data analysis, programming and machine learning.
  • The Year 4 curriculum provides in-depth exposure to specific fields through a wide range of advanced elective subjects in civil engineering, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. Students conduct a Design Project, which requires them to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first 3 years of study, and an Integrated Capstone Project, which gives them experience in researching specific topics in smart mobility and thereby supports their further intellectual development.
  • There are 12 credits of double-counting subjects of the Major towards the Secondary Major.

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):

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Integrated Science

Applied Learning Subjects:

  • Building Facilities Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

  • Building Facilities Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

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

2022/23 Average Score: Any Best 5 Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 195.9

 

2023/24 Flexible Admission Threshold Score: Any Best 5 Subjects (without subject weighting) = 21.0


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Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
the General Office (tel.: 2766 6068; email: enquiry.cee@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


It seems like only yesterday that I first stepped onto the PolyU campus and wandered around admiring the buildings clad in their signature red bricks. As clichéd as it may sound, I have always been fascinated by the beauty and functionality of civil engineering, which magically shapes our world with infrastructure that blooms like so many flowers: from skyscrapers piercing the clouds to tunnels creeping underground. I was blessed to receive numerous opportunities to explore my interests and uncover my potential in civil engineering while at PolyU. For example, the chance to study in the UK for one semester was invaluable, and I greatly enjoyed learning about its unique indigenous history, peoples, and constructions. In addition, through the mentorship programme, I learnt from well-established figures in the construction sector and came to realise the essential attributes of a leader and the importance of possessing these qualities. These experiences broadened my horizons and ignited my passion for geotechnical engineering, in particular the dynamics of soil behaviours and their substantial contribution to daily life.

 

In 2020, I graduated with a BEng (Hons) and embarked on a new journey as an engineer in GEO. Since then, I have been rotated to different sections and from the Planning Division to the Standard & Testing Division. Currently, I am working on a site as an assistant residential engineer. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and unfailing support of PolyU during my years of study towards my degree. I hope to continue serving the community as a civil engineer with professionalism and in keeping with the spirit of Poly U – “to learn and to apply for the benefit of mankind”– thereby ensuring the safety and enhancing the quality of life of the public.


Ip Ching Tung



In my third year of study, I was given a chance to be an exchange student at Imperial College London, one of our prestigious sister institutions in the UK. This proved to be one of the most fascinating and fruitful experiences of my life.

 

Life in London differs in many ways from that in Hong Kong, and I started afresh over there with no friends and family around. So, the first two things I learned were how to be independent and to adapt quickly to a new environment. I also acquired a global mindset as I was in a class of approximately 90 students from 22 countries. I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with my classmates, from whom I learned about different cultures and the state of the construction industry in different countries. This made me realise that there are many opportunities worldwide for civil engineers.

 

I ended my exchange with a week working on a construction project. This was a group project, for which we first generated designs and engineering drawings. We then went on site to continue the project and ultimately built the structure we had designed ourselves. This project enhanced my practical knowledge of civil engineering.

 

I hope you have such an opportunity for an exchange experience during your studies – I am sure it will be an experience you will enjoy!


Albert Chen



Four years ago, I stepped onto this campus as an immature and insecure freshman. Now, I am ready to enter society confidently as a civil engineer with a dream and a detailed life plan. Four years is not a long period in one’s life, but it was long enough for me to develop into a competent engineer.

 

The University and the Department provided me with multiple opportunities to better myself, both in my studies and in daily life. The professional training included comprehensive and in-depth civil engineering courses, practical training modules, a design project and a research project. In addition, an 8-week internship programme, which can be taken either in Hong Kong, Mainland China or overseas, enabled us to practise design principles and incorporate our ambitious ideas into real projects. All of these valuable experiences contributed to my all-round development and imbued me with a passion for civil engineering technology and construction. I also gained exposure to many other cultures through a one-semester academic exchange programme at Purdue University in the USA, where I developed precious friendships within and outside of the University. The only way to understand other cultures is by living among and interacting with them; thanks to the University, I was able to do this at Purdue, where I enjoyed many novel experiences.

 

The Chairman of PolyU Council, Mr Chan Tze-ching, once talked about university education. He mentioned that an educated person knows everything about something and knows something about everything. PolyU gave me an excellent education in civil engineering design, research and innovation. In addition, it provided me with a platform on which to develop my business and negotiation skills and gain insights into social development trends. Studying doesn’t end at the moment of graduation. PolyU has taught me to be a lifelong learner who is continually seeking new knowledge and always eager to develop. I am proud to say that I am a member of the FCE and that I am a part of PolyU.


Jason Sun



My first year at PolyU has nearly finished. It has been a very challenging time but also exciting, interesting and meaningful. My civil engineering courses highlighted the diversity of the discipline, as they covered environmental, geotechnical, hydraulics, structural and transportation engineering. One course, Construction for Better Living, was interactive and thus highly enjoyable. For instance, in addition to regular lectures and tutorials, we had a site visit to Disneyland, where we saw classroom knowledge applied to the built environment and some of the ways in which our chosen discipline is used in real-life situations.

 

My class timetable as a university student was more flexible and spanned a wider range of subjects than I anticipated, as was designed to enable us to explore interests other than engineering. For example, as part of the Cluster Area Requirement, I took Human Nature, Globalisation, Cultures and World Views, and Science and Technology, which encouraged me to think critically and deeply about the world.

 

I also attended the IC Training offered by the Industrial Centre in mid-August 2013. This focused on engineering safety, which was another essential part of my educational journey to become an engineer.


Tse Pui Yiu



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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: Interviews may be arranged after the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Individual / Group interview
Aims:

To assess the suitability of the applicants for admission to the programme.

Medium:English
Duration:

About 15 minutes

Remark:

Usually only Band A applicants will be invited to an interview.