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Higher Diploma in Building Studies

Higher Diploma in Building Studies
Programme Aims

The programme aims to prepare students for technical, supervisory and managerial positions in the building industry and for further study to become professionals.

The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tuen Mun)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed as construction supervisors, technical officers, assistant engineers, assistant project manager/coordinator, maintenance officers, etc.


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  1. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Surveying; and
  2. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.

Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities, especially the following part-time top-up programmes operated by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) locally at VTC [Not applicable to Mainland students]:

  1. BSc (Hons) Construction Management#, the Coventry University, UK (Registration No.: 252032)
  2. Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)#, the RMIT University, Australia (Registration No.: 212256)
  3. BSc (Hons) Building Surveying#, the University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252193)
  4. BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying#, the University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252192)
  5. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers, the Hong Kong Institute of Clerks of Works and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Graduates with relevant work experience are eligible to become Grades T1 to T3 of Technically Competent Person (TCP) of specific streams and scopes under the Site Supervision Plan System of the Buildings Ordinance.
Graduates completed the required module of the programme will be issued with Green Cards which fulfills the Mandatory Basic Safety Training requirement for working in construction sites.

The programme is a CIC-accredited BIM Coordinator (CCBC) Course*.
*Including a pass in the elective module “Building Information Modelling for Construction Management".

  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  2. For details please contact Department of Construction :
    IVE (Tuen Mun) : 2460 5214

Semester 1:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • IT Essentials - Smart Living
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Construction Materials
  • Mathematics for Building
  • Land Surveying
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Detailing
  • Construction Science for Building
  • Practical Training and Safety Practice for Building


Semester 2:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Building Construction
  • Building Maintenance and Adaptation
  • Building Structures
  • Building Information Modelling for Building Works


Semester 3:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Project Management with Law
  • Measurement and Documentation
  • Building Technology and Sustainability
  • Integrated Project
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 4:

  • Enrichment Module A
  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication - Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Building Procurement and Contract Administration
  • Construction Supervision in Practice
  • Construction and Site Management
  • Industry-Based Student Project 1/2 


Electives (Select two modules from the following):

  • Building Finance and Economics
  • Maintenance and Facilities Management
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft (Advanced Rating)
  • Measurement of Building Works
  • Architectural Practice
  • Building Information Modelling for Construction Management 


Semester 5:

  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Building Temporary Works
  • Industry-Based Student Project 2/2
  • Industrial Attachment

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