Faculty of Construction and Environment

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2 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


The MSc in Intelligent Construction programme is designed to meet the requirements of the “Construction 2.0 – Time to Change”, an initiative developed and promoted by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and to meet the global demand for digitalisation in the construction industry. The programme focuses on using pioneering intelligent construction technology (ICT) approaches to equip students with theoretical and applied knowledge on state-of-the-art ICTs and with skills in construction engineering management.


Programme philosophy

The programme’s philosophy is to prepare graduates with a strong background to cope with emerging challenges in the construction industry, and to demonstrate how ICT tools can be exploited to tackle real-world complex problems in construction. The programme is designed to enhance the digital knowledge and capability of construction professionals and promote wide adoption of ICT in the construction industry. This is consistent with the aim of the Hong Kong SAR Government’s initiative of Construction 2.0 and of intelligent digitalisation of public works projects to benefit the construction industry at large in Hong Kong.


Programme aims and objectives

The programme aims to equip professionals in construction and related areas with strong digital construction-related skills supported by ICT tools, enabling them to perform their professional services in construction projects more intelligently than before. The core objectives of the programme are as follows.

  • To equip students with state-of-the-art ICT and digital construction technical skills required for construction projects, such as skills in building information modelling, robotics, three-dimensional printing, visualisation and interactive technologies, and machine learning.

  • To integrate the necessary knowledge and a range of analytical tools, digital skills and transferable skills for the needs of construction professionals.

  • To develop professionals’ skills in construction engineering management through pioneering digital approaches covering both theoretical and applied aspects.

  • To cultivate critical thinking and a research ethos in decision-making and problem-solving, in the context of managing construction projects using digital approaches.


The curriculum includes both comprehensive and in-depth construction management and IT-related subjects. Students can take dissertation or non-dissertation pathways, according to their preference.

  1. Dissertation path: A Dissertation (9 credits) that is relevant to intelligent construction PLUS 7 Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each), including the dissertation pre-requisite/co-requisite subject “Research Methods for Construction and Real Estate.”

  2. Non-dissertation path: 10 Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each), including the dissertation-replacement subject “Integrated Project in Intelligent Construction.”


Each subject involves one 3-hour weekday evening class per week over a 13-week semester, except those specified as “weekend” or “daytime” subjects.


Compulsory Subjects for both dissertation and non-dissertation pathways:

  • Information Management for Construction and Real Estate
  • Construction Information Technology#
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining for Construction
  • Automation and Robotics in Construction
  • Advanced Visualisation and Interactive Technologies for Construction
  • 3D Printing in Construction: Principles and Applications
  • Research Methods for Construction and Real Estate^


Compulsory Subjects for non-dissertation pathway only:

  • Integrated Project in Intelligent Construction
  • Principles of Project Management#
  • Strategic Management#^


Each of these subjects consists of three full-day weekend (Saturdays and/or Sundays) workshops; study materials will be provided for students’ self-learning.

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

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Heng Li
Chair Professor of Construction Informatics
BEng (Tongji University), MEng (Tongji University), PhD (The University of Sydney), MHKIE

Subject Area
Intelligent Construction
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the disciplines of architecture, building, building services engineering, building sciences and engineering, building surveying, civil engineering, construction management, quantity surveying, project management, information technology or other related disciplines from recognised institutions.

  • Corporate membership in relevant professional institutions may be considered for exceptional admissions of non-bachelor-holding applicants who possess related work experience in the construction industry.


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 curriculum, please contact: 
Dr H.H. Wei (tel: (852) 3400 8194; email: hsi-hsien.wei@polyu.edu.hk).


For general enquiries, please contact: 
Ms Sally Chan (tel: (852) 2766 5807; email: sally.sm.chan@polyu.edu.hk);
or Miss Queenie Wong (tel: (852) 3400 8122; email: queenie.wong@polyu.edu.hk).

Initial Registration Credits

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

Tuition Fee

HK$7,500 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.

Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


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