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

This programme aims to benefit professionals who already have a bachelor's in construction or related disciplines and who work in or around Hong Kong. Primarily, the programme offers opportunities for practising architects, construction managers, engineers, surveyors, technologists and related professionals to broaden and deepen their knowledge of project management.


Many businesses need professionals who are skilled in project management and are also capable of innovating solutions to complex problems. Thus, this programme helps students to develop an innovative approach to problem solving in general and to project management in particular. This produces highly skilled management professionals to operate in Hong Kong and the surrounding region. Moreover, the dissertation allows MSc students to deeply examine a topic of their own choice.



The programme has a student-centred learning philosophy, i.e., it teaches students how to learn, thereby making good use of the pool of knowledge and experience within each subject. As the staff of the programme are leading researchers in their fields or professionals who share their knowledge of the industry, they use their own experience to encourage students to learn systematically. This introduces students to the theories and good practices of managing projects from both technological and business perspectives.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management, as it fulfils these organisations’ academic requirements for professional assessment that can lead to corporate membership. This accreditation is subject to regular reviews by the respective professional institutions.


Programme Structure

Students may pursue their studies either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must complete EITHER 10 subjects (including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 2 other Core Subjects) OR 7 subjects (including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects) and a Dissertation (9 credits). Each compulsory core and core subjects consists of three full-day weekend (Saturdays and/or Sundays) workshops. Study materials for these workshops will be provided to students during each semester to progress learning between workshops. Daytime classes on weekdays may be offered to full-time students in some subjects. 


Students may choose up to 3 Elective Subjects (3 credits each) from the pool of subjects that is offered by the Department of Building and Real Estate or its' sister departments within the Faculty of Construction of Environment. Some subjects may be offered on weekday evenings on a 13-week basis. 


Applicants whose educational background is not in a construction-related area are recommended to take CSE565 Construction Technology, or BRE550 Statutory Framework for Construction Practice or its equivalent (as designated by the Programme Leader) as an elective subject.


Full-time students are recommended to complete 7 subjects and a Dissertation within the normal duration of one academic year.


Part-time students’ first year emphasises project management processes and techniques, thereby providing them with contemporary and in-depth knowledge of project management. This is supplemented by insights into the major factors that affect real estate development. In their second year, students learn about elements such as value management, and finance and international construction, which gives them specialised knowledge of construction project management at the macro level. After completing 7 subjects, students may integrate critical analysis, evaluation and application of the knowledge gained from the programme with their own experience to produce a research-based dissertation. Alternatively, instead of a dissertation, they may complete 3 additional subjects.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of Core Subjects in the programme.

  • Real Estate Development*
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Managing People in Projects*
  • Construction Process Management*
  • Strategic Management*
  • Project Appraisal
  • International Construction Projects
  • Development Finance & Investment
  • Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate*@
  • Construction Information Technology
  • Value Management in Construction & Property

* Compulsory Core Subject 

MSc students who opt to do a Dissertation should study this subject in advance or in parallel with their Dissertation.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr WEI Hsi Hsien
PhD, MSc, BEng

Subject Area
Project Management
Entrance Requirements
  • ​A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline 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 University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on academic matters and the curricula, please contact: 
Dr H.H. Wei (tel: (852) 3400 8194; email: hsi-hsien.wei@polyu.edu.hk).

For general enquiries, please contact: 
Miss Esther Leung (tel.: (852) 3400 8120; email: esther.leung@polyu.edu.hk).

Other Information

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

CEF Course


CEF Course Title Notes


Managing People in Projects (BRE5731) (Module from Master of Science in Project Management)

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

The mother course Master of Science in Project Management of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6]).


Strategic Management (BRE5751) (Module from Master of Science in Project Management)

The above 2 CEF reimbursable courses are compulsory core subjects of the MSc in Project Management. 

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.

Student Message

Through this programme, students can gain both professional knowledge and management skills, which are essential in our profession. Thus, the programme is suitable for architects, engineers, surveyors or other related professionals who would like to broaden their knowledge of project management.

Tsang Wing Shan Lavinia
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