Master of Science (MSc) in High Performance Buildings


What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The mission of the High Performance Buildings (HPB) programme is to engage in education and research for the advancement of high performance buildings. In particular, the HPB programme provides an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge on assessment of High Performance Buildings, which impose minimal impacts on global carbon footprints (global impacts), and facilitate optimised performance of building systems (building impacts), as well as the best indoor environments for the health and well-being of occupants.

To fulfil this mission, the High Performance Buildings programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach by linking sustainable development and high-rise building construction together with socio-economic development, focusing on climate changes, carbon footprint assessment, building services system management and optimisation, and indoor environmental quality evaluation. It is designed to cut across traditional boundaries of management, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of sustainability issues. Integrating knowledge of high performance buildings and urban construction, this programme provides the most up-to-date knowledge based upon contemporary research findings.


The multidisciplinary nature of the programme not only offers students advanced knowledge in their specialist areas, but also expands their perspective of the broader field of building services engineering. Students can take a combination of subjects to suit their careers, and can also choose an appropriate dissertation project.

Recognition & Prospects

This programme is recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under the specialism of Environment and Building Surveying.

This programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.


Programme Structure

Students can select from a wide range of subjects, each of which normally requires 39 hours of attendance over a 13-week semester.

For the MSc with Dissertation

Students must complete 7 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, 3 Core Subjects and a Dissertation that is relevant to their area of specialisation.

For the MSc without Dissertation

Students must complete 10 taught subjects, including 4 Compulsory Subjects, and at least 3 other Core Subjects.

Students can exit at the PgD level, having satisfactorily completed 7 subjects (21 credits), including 4 Compulsory Subjects, 2 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject.

Core Areas of Study

The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study.

Compulsory Subjects

  • Building System Performance
  • Building Carbon Footprint Assessment
  • Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment
  • Research Project

Core Subjects

  • Lighting Engineering
  • Engineering Intelligent Buildings
  • Fire Engineering Systems
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Noise and Vibration in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Applied Solar Energy in Buildings
  • Maintenance Management of Built Assets
  • Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing
  • Sustainability & the Built Environment
  • Information Management for Construction & Real Estate
  • Indoor Air Quality Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,86,931) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


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 relevant to architecture, construction and real estate industry, or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications).

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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