Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 34478-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

A minimum of 62 credits is required.

Programme Intake
26 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Ir Dr Wallace Lai Wai-lok
BSc(Hons), PhD, MHKIE



  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees. Holders of a surveying or computing related Higher Diploma or Associate Degree may be given credit transfers for relevant subjects.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This programme is underpinned by the philosophy that our graduates should be capable of coping with rapidly changing market conditions in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the region, and with the demands of their future professions in land surveying, geo-information technology and utility management and surveying. The Department has close links with professional bodies and invites industry experts to give guest lectures to students when appropriate.

The aims of the programme are to

  • provide a land surveying education that meets the requirements of Hong Kong and overseas professional bodies; and
  • equip students with geo-information technology and utility management skills, enabling graduates to work competently and confidently as Geo-Information Systems (GIS) professionals in disciplines such as transport and logistics, and environmental, socioeconomic, commercial and construction surveying; or as utility professionals in disciplines related to the formation, maintenance and management of underground facilities.


On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

• apply appropriate mathematical and computing skills to solve problems and analyse data;
• comprehend and apply geomatics concepts and theories;
• master geomatics technologies and apply them appropriately;
• integrate various geomatics technologies to solve problems in a professional, timely and cost effective manner;
• carry out and manage geomatics projects;
• work with and supervise others in accordance with, and abide by, society's legal, ethical and professional standards; and
• respond to advancements in geomatics and related technologies with an emphasis on continuous and lifelong learning.


Students are admitted to the Senior Year of the 4-year degree programme, and they have to complete the following subjects to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation. Credits can be transferred from relevant surveying and general subjects.
General University Requirement Subjects
Students are required to take General University Requirement subjects, including 6 credits of Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) and 3 credits of Community Service Learning.
Compulsory Subjects
Students are required to take nine subjects, including Land Surveyors in Society, Geospatial Database Management and Design, Utility Surveying & Management and a Final Year Project.
Elective Subjects
Students are required to take at least ten elective subjects, with at least three subjects from the Surveying Group and another three subjects from the Geo-Information Technology Group. Please note that the elective subjects on offer are subject to change. Students will be notified of the offering before subject registration.
Work-Integrated Education
The Department's Work-Integrated Education (WIE) element includes a minimum of four weeks of summer training and one week of industrial safety training. Students are required to submit a reflective journal after the summer training and pass an examination in safety training.
Student Exchange
Students can apply for an international exchange for one semester (year 4) to universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, mainland China, etc.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by The Land Surveyors Board Malaysia (LSB). Re-accreditation has also been sought and will be confirmed by The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES).


Career Prospects

Graduates become professional land surveyors, geo-information technology specialists or utility specialists.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants with Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in relevant discipline areas such as

Higher Diploma in Geomatics,

Higher Diploma in Information Technology (Web and Multimedia Development Stream), 

Associate Degree in Engineering (Computer Science Theme), 

Associate Degree in Information Technology

or the equivalent.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 2766 5968; email:

Student Message

The Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) is a leading academic organisation in Hong Kong that provides courses in land surveying, geo-informatics and underground utility management and surveying. LSGI has a suite of well-equipped laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities, which have enhanced my learning of the latest technologies used in our industry. The professors and teaching staff are willing to discuss any problems with the students during their studies. I was given many opportunities to operate surveying equipment and software to gain hands-on experience. As a result, I learned from both the theoretical lectures and the practical tutorials, and prepared myself for my future career. The Department also gave me opportunities to broaden my vision. In the second year of study, l participated in a study tour in mainland China, which was a valuable experience. During the trip, l had the chance to talk to students in the same field. Indeed, our conversations were memorable. The department also provides an exchange programme enabling LSGI students to go overseas and experience a fascinating university life abroad. I have no doubt that you will have a great time here in LSGI. I hope that you will join us in the future and have an enjoyable university life here.

CHAN Kin Shing

The Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics (LSGI) is the only department in Hong Kong providing qualifications and courses in three aspects of geomatics: land surveying, geo-informatics data analysis and underground utility surveying. The professors and teachers are very helpful. They are willing to discuss both technical and theoretical problems with students and provide detailed explanations. I gained both fundamental and advanced knowledge of land surveying and the GIS software tools needed to carry out different geospatial tasks. All of these skillsets and knowledge gained in LSGI are beneficial to students’ careers. Besides studying, PolyU provides a lot of opportunities and funding for students to join exchange programmes and study tours, which definitely broaden their horizons. You will make friends from diverse backgrounds and countries, you will step out of your comfort zone and you will have many unforgettable experiences. Therefore, don’t miss these invaluable opportunities! Hope you have a wonderful university experience!

LAI Tin Wai

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Between February and July
Mode:Online group interview

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their language and communication skills and understanding of the industry.


About 20 minutes

  • Suitable applicants may be invited to attend interviews.
  • The mode of interview has been updated.