Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Services Engineering
屋宇設備工程學(榮譽)工學士學位


Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: 33477-SY

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

64 (plus 3 training credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
65 senior year places
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Wong Ling Tim
BEng(Hons), PhD, MCIBSE, MHKIE, CEng, RPE(BSS, FRE)

Remarks
  • 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

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We produce graduates with the technical and academic competence needed to work in building services engineering.
 

This programme meets the demand for locally trained professional and innovative building services engineers in the fields of consultancy, contracting, building management and research and development.
 

Our graduates also have a broad range of personal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and learn independently.

 

 

Programme Characteristics

Students learn the art and science of providing safe, healthy and energy-efficient built environments that have minimal adverse environmental impacts. They also face intellectual challenges that further their development towards taking up management roles in the profession.
 

Students have the opportunity to work in teams, lead small projects, work independently and interact with highly qualified and professional staff. They also have access to a variety of design software and laboratory facilities.
 

Local and offshore summer placement opportunities are offered.
 

Students who join the Student Exchange Programme can study at universities in the United States, Europe, Australia, Russia, Southeast Asia, or the Chinese mainland for a semester. 
 

Students are regularly awarded scholarships by professional bodies and major organisations in Hong Kong.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.

Students are admitted to the Senior Year of the 4-year degree programme. The total credits requirement for the senior year curriculum is 64 academic credits and 3 training credits.

  • General University Requirements (GUR):
    • Cluster-area Requirement (CAR) [3 credits from CAR M and 3 credits from CAR A]
    • Service Learning [3 credits]
    • Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) #
    • GE Essential Components
  • Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR):
    • Compulsory subjects [43 credits]
    • Elective subjects^ [12 credits]

 

  • Year 1 applies foundational knowledge to the design and operation of major building services engineering systems.

DSR/GUR

Subject title

Credits

DSR

Power Distribution

3

DSR

HVACR I

3

DSR

Fire Services

3

DSR

Piped Services

3

DSR

Engineering Management and Decision Making in Construction

3

GUR

CAR-1

3

DSR

Lighting Technology

3

DSR

HVACR II

3

DSR

Computer Methods in Building Services Engineering

3

DSR

Research Methods in Building Services Engineering

3

DSR

Building Services Systems Design

4

Training credit

Industrial Safety

1

GUR

CAR-2

3

Training credit

Work-Integrated Education (WIE)

2

  • In the final year, students undertake a major project and the following subjects.

DSR/GUR

Subject title

Credits

DSR

BSE Elective Subject I ^

3

DSR

BSE Elective Subject II ^

3

DSR

English for Construction and Environmental Professionals

3

DSR

Capstone Research Project

6

GUR

Service Learning Requirement

3

DSR

BSE Elective Subject III ^

3

DSR

BSE Elective Subject IV ^

3

DSR

Chinese Communication for Construction and Environment

3

 

^An indicative list of BEEE elective subjects is given below:

BSE417

Electrical Systems

BSE4417

Energy Efficient Buildings and Assessment

BSE4312

Water System Engineering in Built Environments

BSE449

Environmental Economics and Policy

BSE4317

Fire Engineering Safety Management

BSE4510

Building Automation and Control

BSE4412

Renewable Energy

BSE455

Sustainable Buildings

BSE4413

Indoor Air Quality Engineering

BSE457

Facility Management and the Workplace

BSE4415

Building Energy Simulation

BSE458

Building Performance Diagnosis and Management

BSE4416

Acoustics Engineering

 

 

 

* Subject to review.

# Students are considered for credit transfers based on their previous academic performance in AD/HD programmes. Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree Languange Communication Requirements (LCR) will be required to take degree LCR subjects.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) has granted full accreditation to this programme.
Academic programmes accredited by the HKIE for the Building Services discipline are
reciprocally recognised by the UK's Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

 

Career Prospects

BEng(Hons) graduates have good career prospects in the building construction and real estate sectors.
 

New building construction and a concentration of sophisticated buildings in Hong Kong provide numerous attractive employment opportunities. As the programme is widely recognised, these opportunities extend to the Chinese mainland and overseas.
 

Our graduates commonly begin their careers as trainee engineers in government departments, consulting firms, contracting companies, property management companies or utility companies.
 

First Class Honours graduates can consider research an attractive alternative, especially because building development in Hong Kong embraces advanced technology.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • A Higher Diploma or an Associate Degree in Building Services Engineering, or the equivalent.
     
  • Applicants with a Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in Engineering, or the equivalent, will be considered on individual merit.
     
  • Selection is mainly based on applicants’ academic results.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5847; email: beee.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Studying at PolyU exceeded my expectations. During my 4 years at PolyU, I acquired knowledge not only of mainstream building services systems, but also of new technologies, particularly renewable energies. I had the chance not only to acquire knowledge and skills, but also to explore the latest Nordic technologies through an exchange programme in Finland. This programme enabled me to develop a global outlook and deepen my knowledge of building services engineering.

The scholarships and awards offered by PolyU greatly encouraged me to strive for excellence in multiple areas. I realised the importance of becoming an well-rounded engineer. The internship programme also broadened my exposure to different aspects of building service engineering. The hands-on experience I gained during my internship made me a work-ready graduate.

The Building Services Engineering programme at PolyU aroused my interest in renewable energy. Therefore, after graduation, I chose to pursue postgraduate studies at PolyU to further my interest in renewable energy, boost my career prospects, and, most importantly, find out more about the potential of renewable energy in Hong Kong and around the globe.


Law Tin Chung



The incredibly valuable courses and resources offered by PolyU provided me with an excellent education. This was not limited to lectures, but also included technical visits, placements and summer study tours, all of which promote students’ all-round development. I participated in various extra-curricular activities, which gave me the invaluable opportunity to develop my communication and leadership skills. I served on the committees of several engineering societies, such as HKIE BSD, ASHARE and the ASME student branch. This taught me how to manage my time, which was divided between my academic and extracurricular activities. My wonderful time at PolyU gave me a clearer understanding of the pathway to becoming an engineer who contributes to society.

 

The BSE Department offers lots of technical and financial support for students. The programme provides numerous opportunities for summer internships and scholarships, which promote students’ well-rounded development and exploration. The skills and technical knowledge I acquired at PolyU are invaluable, reflecting the University’s motto: “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.


Wan Cheung Chun



I am a senior intake student enrolled in the Building Services Engineering (BSE) programme. Studying BSE at PolyU has equipped me with various skills in and beyond engineering. As a senior intake student, Year 3 was my first academic year at PolyU. I worked on a building services design project with two teammates. We had to cooperate and communicate effectively to complete the project. During this process, we realised the importance of team spirit. In Year 4, I undertook my own research project. This honed my self-learning and problem-solving skills, as I needed to find different ways to solve problems to achieve the project objectives. These two experiences gave me the skills I needed to shape my future career path.

 

Apart from academic opportunities, the BSE programme offers lots of technical and financial support for students, such as summer internships and scholarships. Internships help students gain valuable work experience before entering the workplace. Financial support in the form of scholarships helps to alleviate students’ financial pressure. In the COVID-19 era in particular, it is vital to upgrade electronic equipment to enhance the efficiency of online learning.

 

After graduation, I plan to start my career in the construction industry, benefiting greatly from the knowledge gained at PolyU. I am so grateful for this invaluable experience!


HO Ching Nam



I spent two fruitful years as a senior intake student studying Building Services Engineering. This is a great way for any determined and passionate individual to obtain the Bachelor of Engineering qualification, which is the bridge to becoming a professional engineer. After these two years, I was lucky enough to continue studying in the same department, pursuing a Higher Diploma. This gave me more time to appreciate and enjoy the academic, extracurricular, and career support provided by the BSE Department, the Faculty, and the University.

 

In the first year of the programme, I learned about the four major aspects of building services. The courses consolidated my understanding and broadened my knowledge of this specialty. The capstone design project gave me opportunities to apply what I had learned to actual design, and the WIE training in the summer offered me valuable hands-on experience of working in the industry. In the second year of the programme, students can choose from a comprehensive range of elective subjects to gain further insights into building services. The research project honed my problem-solving and research skills, which will be essential for my future career development. I also obtained several scholarships through the Department in recognition of my hard work.


WAN Ho Yin





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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: Between December and April
Mode:Individual interview
Aims:

To evaluate applicants' potential for and interest in Building Services Engineering and test their language and communication skills.

Medium:English
Duration:

15 minutes

Remark:
  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview.