Faculty of Construction and Environment

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)



Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge in the construction and real estate sectors.


We provide:

  • Up-to-date knowledge in the construction and real estate sectors based on contemporary research findings;

  • Specific specialist skills that are required in the construction and real estate sectors, and beyond the first undergraduate degree level; and

  • The opportunity for students to study construction and real estate practices in the Chinese mainland.



This programme suits graduates and professionals who are qualified in architecture, building, building services engineering, building surveying, civil engineering, construction management, quantity surveying, project management, property management, real estate or town planning at various levels of responsibility. It offers students the flexibility to choose subjects from the disciplines of construction, planning and development or commercial property.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as meeting their academic requirements. MSc graduates may apply for the full membership of the RICS based on their appropriate period of relevant work experience in the construction and/or real estate sectors.


Programme Structure

This mixed-mode programme allows students to pursue their studies in either the full-time mode or the part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, students should normally be able to complete the programme in 1 year for full-time study or in 2.5 years for part-time study. Students are required to attend classes during the daytime and in the evening if they choose the full-time mode of study.


Students can select from a wide range of subjects that are offered under the Department of Building and Real Estate or its sister departments under the Faculty of Construction and Environment, subject to places available. In general, each subject will require one 3-hour weekday evening class per week over a 13-week semester, except those specified as 'weekend' and 'daytime' subjects. Designated subjects will be offered to full-time students during the daytime on weekdays if necessary. Full-time MSc students are strongly recommended to take 7 taught subjects and the Dissertation in a normal study period of one academic year. Students should complete the Dissertation within a normal period of 3 semesters including the Summer Semester (from June to August inclusive).


To obtain 30 credits for graduation, students must complete: 

(a) 7 subjects (3 credits each), with at least 4 Core Subjects, including Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate, AND a Dissertation (9 credits) that is relevant to construction and/or real estate; or 
(b) 10 subjects (3 credits each), with at least 7 Core Subjects, including Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate, AND the dissertation replacement subject Professional Workshop & Project (3 credits).


Core Areas of Study

Those MSc Students who wish to specialise in one of the following three study disciplines accredited by the RICS are advised to select at least 3 Core Subjects from the relevant discipline.


Construction Discipline (Core Subjects)

  • Principles of Project Management#

  • Information Management for Construction & Real Estate

  • Construction Practice in China

  • Value Management in Construction & Property#

  • Strategic Management#^

  • International Construction Projects#


Planning and Development Discipline (Core Subjects)

  • Urban Planning & Urban Design^

  • Economics for Urban Studies

  • Real Estate Development#

  • Development Finance & Investment#^


Commercial Property Discipline (Core Subjects)

  • Property Management

  • Maintenance Management & Operation

  • Real Estate Asset Management#

  • Property Law

  • Strategic Management#^


Compulsory Subjects

  • Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate^ (Compulsory Core Subject for all students; students who opt for the Dissertation option should study this subject in advance or in parallel with the Dissertation.)

  • Professional Workshop & Project (Compulsory Core Subject for students who take the non-Dissertation option)


# Each of these subjects consists of 3 full-day weekend (Saturdays and/or Sundays) workshops; study materials will be provided for students' self-learning (except for Real Estate Asset Management).

^ Daytime classes held during weekdays are available for full-time students.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr LEE Minhyun
BArch, MSc, PhD

Subject Area
Construction and Real Estate
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours;
  • A Bachelor's degree in a construction or real estate related discipline; 

  • Corporate membership of a relevant professional institution.


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 University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information about academic matters and the programme curriculum, please contact:   
Dr Minhyun Lee (tel: (852) 3400 4260; email: minhyun.lee@polyu.edu.hk).


For general enquiries, please contact:   
Ms Kaman Mak (tel: (852) 3400 8121; email: ka-man.mak@polyu.edu.hk).

Other Information

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

CEF Course Code CEF Course Title Notes


Construction Practice in China (BRE527) (Module from Master of Science in Construction and Real Estate)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund.

The mother course Master of Science in Construction and Real Estate of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6]).


Strategic Management (BRE5751) (Module from Master of Science in Construction and Real Estate)

The above 2 CEF reimbursable courses are core subjects of the MSc in Construction and Real Estate.


Details of CEF can be found at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef.

Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$7,350 per credit for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Info Seminar
Date Time Venue Remark
20 Apr 2024 (Sat) 02:00PM - 03:00PM

Online via Zoom

Registration Link: https://polyu.hk/yJmqN

Speaker: Dr LEE Minhyun

Language: English

Student Message

I gained a lot from studying for this high-quality ’s degree, not only enriching my knowledge of the real estate sector but also improving my analytical skills through various types of scenario-based study across different modules. The flexibility offered by the weekend mode of study provided a better chance for busy part-time students like me to enjoy school life at leisure. It was a pleasure to study at PolyU and now I am taking up another challenge in BRE’s Construction Law to advance my knowledge to an even higher level.

Chiu Wing Cheong, Gerald
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