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What will I learn?

Dedicated to the teaching and research of policy and reform relating to the construction and real estate industry. Teaching and research areas include but are not limited to the following.

  • Conservation of built heritage,
  • Construction law,
  • Economic analysis of law (regulations and policies) relating to construction and real estate,
  • Green buildings and sustainable urban development policies,
  • Innovative contracting and disputes resolution strategies,
  • Institutions and institutional changes,
  • Land-use policy,
  • Real estate market mechanism,
  • Social sustainability,
  • Urban governance,
  • Urban planning,
  • Urban studies.

The Department of Department of Building and Real Estate has become internationally recognized as a leader in providing professional education for the building and real estate industry in the region and beyond. With our dedication to excellence, we have a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members who possess expertise in their respective fields of surveying, engineering, construction health and safety, town planning, building technology, real estate, finance, law and economics. Committed to a variety of quality research projects and consultancies, we are well-known for our research strengths in construction and building technologies. To facilitate knowledge transfer and networking, we actively maintain strong bonds with the industry and our alumni, many of whom are senior staff in government departments leading consultancy practices and private enterprises.

Course Structure:

Three years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree with a significant research component);
Four years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,55,343) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

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

For admission to a Doctoral degree programme, you must possess a Master's degree. 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).

For international students

3-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university.

4-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold:

A Master’s degree; OR
A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

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 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 or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

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

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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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