What will I learn?

Programme Aims

Through this programme, students will pursue in-depth studies of topics that are related to their civil engineering field or broaden their knowledge of civil engineering by studying topics that are beyond their present field.

We are keen to develop students' abilities to design engineered systems or processes to meet the desired needs in civil engineering projects within realistic constraints.

Our programme is designed to cultivate students' strategic thinking skills in solving complex problems and dealing with situations pertinent to their professional practice, and to enhance their learning capabilities for continual professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practice.


In this programme, practising civil engineers can pursue in-depth studies and acquire specialised skills in general civil engineering, structural engineering and transportation engineering. Graduates should be able to demonstrate a high degree of competence in modern construction technology after completion of the programme.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc award is recognised by major professional institutions in Hong Kong. Most of our graduates have been admitted as corporate members of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Programme Structure

This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode. The programme will normally be completed in 1 year for full-time study or in 2.5 years for part-time study depending on the pace of study of individual student. Students are required to attend classes in both the daytime and evening if they choose the full-time mode.

A wide range of Core Subjects in the three main study areas are available for student's selection within the programme. Elective Subjects are offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment. In general, each subject requires attendance of one evening per week over a 13-week semester.

Students must complete 10 subjects (including at least 7 Core Subjects and at most 3 Elective Subjects), or 7 subjects (including at least 4 Core Subjects and at most 3 Elective Subjects), plus a 9-credit Dissertation.

Core Areas of Study

This programme offers 3 main areas of study, each covering a wide range of Core Subjects.

General Civil Engineering

  • Construction Management & Law
  • Quantitative Techniques in Construction Planning
  • Advanced Rock Engineering
  • Soil Behaviour & Geotechnical Engineering
  • Drainage Design

Structural Engineering

  • Bridge Engineering
  • Tall Building Structures
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete
  • Seismic Design of Building Structures
  • Wind Engineering
  • Facade Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Design

Transportation Engineering

  • ​Transport Management
  • Urban Transport Planning - Theory & Practice@
  • Public Transport: Operations & Service Planning@
  • Traffic Engineering & Control
  • Development of Transport Infrastructure@


  • Dissertation on a specific topic

Recommended Electives

  • Construction Technology
  • Statutory Framework for Construction Practice
  • Smart Transport

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,85,929) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2024


Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ZS1201, 12/F, South Tower, Block Z,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold: A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are: An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

A Bachelor's degree with Honours in civil engineering or an equivalent qualification.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

  • 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 at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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