Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Spatial Data Science and Smart Cities (Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics)
空間數據科學及智慧城市(榮譽)理學士組合課程 (土地測量及地理資訊學)

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3130

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

121 (plus 1-credit industrial safety training & a non-credit bearing summer training)

Scheme/Programme Intake
39 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Zhu Xiao-Lin 
BSc, MSc, PhD


Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Chen Si, Sissi
BA, BSc, MSc, PhD

  • The BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics will be offered under the said scheme.
  • Students will gain the following award upon successful completion of the programme:
  • BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics 土地測量及地理資訊學(榮譽)理學士
  • The option of a Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. Admission to the Secondary Major is competitive and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see the “Secondary Major Details” for more information.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme is underpinned by the philosophy that our graduates should be capable of coping with the rapidly changing market conditions in Hong Kong, mainland China 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 whenever 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 geographic information systems professionals in disciplines such as transport and logistics, and environmental, socio- economic, commercial and construction surveying; or as utility professionals in a discipline related to the survey, condition diagnosis, maintenance and management of underground facilities.


Upon completion of the programme, students are able to

  • apply appropriate mathematical and computing skills to solve problems and analyse data;
  • comprehend and apply geomatics concepts and theories;
  • understand 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 abiding by, society's legal, ethical and professional standards; and
  • respond to advancements in geomatics and related technologies as part of their continuous, lifelong learning.



The programme curriculum enables students to develop all-round skills ready for professional careers through subjects related to the land/utility surveying and geo-informatics industry and subjects related to languages, ethics and global engagement. Compulsory subjects are offered every year and in progressive patterns, whereas the 20 elective subjects are typically offered once every 2 years, to provide students with two chances to choose a particular subject of interest during their 4-year study period. This combination of compulsory and elective subjects equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend basic and advanced technologies. These include basic surveying, positioning and navigation skills and advanced 3D mapping, modelling, visualisation skills related to the analysis of terrain, infrastructure, buildings, underwater environments, the underground world and even other planets, with emphases changing over time. Our graduates are of the highest calibre and are well equipped to pursue professional careers or further education after their 4 years of study.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The option of a Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics:


The Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) to BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-informatics provides a platform for understanding and promoting the theory and science of smart cities, gathering city-scale data and transforming these data into knowledge using the right apparatus. It capitalises on emerging developments in big data and in interdisciplinary solutions to the world’s urban challenges.



Students of the BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics who opt for the Secondary Major in AIDA must fulfil the requirements set out below.

Programme Requirements Min. No. of Credits
General University Requirement (GUR)  30

Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics*

(including a non-credit bearing summer training & 1-credit industrial safety training)

Core 56
Elective 18
Secondary Major Requirement  36
Minimum credit requirements for graduation  140

* Students who opt for the Secondary Major complete an Integrated Capstone Project in place of the LSGI4502 Final Year Project, and are not required to take LSGI3245 Geospatial Database Management and Design or LSGI3321A Remote Sensing. They also take four fewer elective subjects, i.e. 18 rather than 30 credits of electives.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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


Career Prospects

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

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5968; email:

Student Message

Student Message

Being the only department in Hong Kong that offers qualifications and courses in Geomatics, the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) provides an enriching undergraduate experience and diversified career pathways to its students.


LSGI students are given many opportunities to acquire a wide range of knowledge, from traditional surveying to modern cutting-edge technologies. We are also being encouraged to learn not only from books but also from diverse experiences including survey camps, exchange programs and oversea internship. Looking back on my days in LSGI, it was eye-opening and life-changing that I collaborated with the brightest student, made friends for life from diverse backgrounds and was inspired by pioneering professors with passion for teaching. 


With the nurture and support from LSGI, my classmates and I were well-equipped with the professional knowledge and experience required to achieve an ideal career upon graduation and secured job offers. I am also very fortunate to have had an opportunity to study abroad as a MASc student in University of British Columbia in Canada so as to constantly explore and innovate new ideas to serve the society. 


Hope you can have a fruitful university life and find your own way in LSGI.

SUEN Wun Ki, Christine

If you are an active person who seeks for knowledge not solely from textbooks and theories, the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) can offer you a wonderful learning experience.


The curriculum includes practical exercises in managing a wide variety of survey equipment such as total stations, laser scanners, and drones. You will also have hands on experience in computer-aided drawing (CAD), building information modelling (BIM) and other mapping and surveying related software. Students can also choose electives among the land surveying, geo-informatics, and underground utilities subjects according to their preferred developing area.


I also enjoyed how communicative and close relationships are built among students and staff at LSGI, especially in particular lessons in smaller groups and with practical tasks. The staff in LSGI are enthusiastic in enhancing students’ learning experiences and are helpful in resolving students’ academic problems. Having conversations with them has always been enjoyable and encouraging.


LSGI has equipped me with all the essential knowledge to begin a professional career path in land surveying. The department has close links with the industry as there are entrepreneurs in the industry who are alumni of LSGI. During my undergraduate studies, I have also participated in various activities organised by professional bodies in the industry through the students’ society (LSGISS). These experiences have helped me gain a better understanding of the industry and orient myself in my future career plans. I am now working on the other side of the planet as an assistant geospatial surveyor in Birmingham, UK. What a world!

CHOW Angus

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between December and July
Mode:Group interview

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


About 20 minutes

  • Suitable applicants may be invited to attend an interview.