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What will I learn?

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We nurture graduates with the technical and academic competence needed to excel in building sciences and engineering/building services engineering.

This programme meets the demand for locally trained building/building services engineers with expertise 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, learn independently, and address new problems innovatively.

Programme Characteristics

Students learn the art and science of providing safe, healthy, and energy-efficient built environments with minimal adverse environmental impacts. They also have the chance to tackle intellectual challenges that prepare them to become future managers in the industry.

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 for the latest building sciences and engineering applications, such as artificial intelligence and big data for smart buildings.

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.


Students begin by learning the fundamentals of indoor built environments, building information modelling and programming, data science, architecture and buildings, thermal science, fluid and electrical engineering, and mathematics.

In Year 3, students apply their foundational knowledge to the design and operation of major building service engineering systems.

In the final year, students opt for electives from a pool addressing the latest developments and technology in the fields of building sciences and engineering, and undertake a major project.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) has granted full accreditation to the BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering. The accredited BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering programme will be renamed the BEng (Hons) in Building Sciences and Engineering from 2022/23. The Department has informed the HKIE of the change in the programme name. Academic programmes in the building services discipline that are accredited by the HKIE are reciprocally recognised by the UK's Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Career Prospects

Graduates have good career prospects in the building construction and real estate sectors.

The rapid construction of new and state-of-the-art buildings in Hong Kong provides numerous attractive local employment opportunities. As the programme is widely recognised, these opportunities also extend to the Chinese mainland and overseas.

Graduates often begin their careers as trainee engineers in government departments, consulting firms, contracting companies, property management companies, or utility companies.

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,66,869) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS, subjects. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

If you have obtained HKDSE results as well as other qualifications (e.g. associate degree, higher diploma, diploma, certificate, etc.), either of which alone is sufficient to qualify you for consideration for admission to our schemes / programmes, you can apply either through JUPAS on the basis of HKDSE results or directly to PolyU on the basis of other qualifications. However, you can only choose to apply through one of these two routes for schemes / programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year. If you apply through JUPAS and to PolyU concurrently, your direct application to PolyU will NOT be considered.

GCE A-level / International A-level: GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB): A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects.

Non-local applicants are required to meet the following English language requirement:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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