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Higher Diploma in Surveying

Higher Diploma in Surveying
Programme Aims

The programme prepares students for surveying professional careers in: (1) Building Surveying – planning, design and managing building projects; inspection of new and existing buildings; or (2) Quantity Surveying – financial planning and management, tendering and contract administration, value assessment and project management for construction projects.
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.

Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

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

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed by surveying consultant firms, construction contractors and property management companies, as assistant quantity / building surveyor, project coordinator, survey officer, building inspector, maintenance supervisor, etc. With further experiences and after passing relevant examination, they can become professional surveyor and managerial staff of surveying related organisations.


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.

Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities, including:

  1. BSc (Hons) in Surveying offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.

Graduates may apply for the following HKCAAVQ accredited full-time / part-time top-up degree programmes jointly operated by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) of VTC [Not applicable to Mainland students]:

  1. Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)# offered by the RMIT University, Australia (Registration No.: 212256)
  2. BSc (Hons) Building Surveying# offered by the University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252193)
  3. BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveyingoffered by the University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252192)
  4. BSc (Hons) Construction Management# offered by the Coventry University, UK (Registration No.: 252032)

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 has been recognised as academic qualifications being of sufficient academic standard for entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). Graduates with relevant working experience can apply as Probationer to undertake prescribed professional training (Normally not less than 36 months) and apply for HKIS Assessment of Professional Competence to admit as Associate Member or Member of HKIS.
The programme is widely accepted by the construction industry. It is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership.
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. (apply to graduates of the BS Elective Module Set only).
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 “BIM for Reinforced Concrete Structure.”

  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 (Morrison Hill) : 2835 8359
Semester 1:
  • English & Communication: Workplace interaction
  • IT Essentials - Smart Living
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Construction Drawings
  • Construction Materials
  • Building Law
  • Mathematics for Surveying
  • Building Information Modelling for Surveying
  • Engineering Science for Construction B
  • Practical Training (Part A)


Semester 2:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • Tendering and Contractual Procedures
  • Practical Training (Part B)
  • Construction Technology and Temporary Works
  • Construction Project Management
  • Measurement for Building Works (Part A)
  • Building Services
  • Building Inspection and Maintenance


Semester 3:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • Measurement for Building Works (Part B)
  • Property Investment and Construction Economics
  • Elective Module
  • Enrichment Module A


Semester 4:
(Students are required not only to study the common modules, but also to study the elective modules sets either for Building Surveying or for Quantity Surveying)

  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Construction Technology and Green Structure Design
  • Enrichment Module B
  • Industry-Based Student Project (Part A)


Elective Modules Set (1) - for Building Surveying, including:

  • Integrated Project on Building Surveying
  • Real Estate Maintenance and Management for Building Surveying
  • Building Regulations and Codes of Practice


Elective Modules Set (2) - for Quantity Surveying, including:

  • Integrated Project on Quantity Surveying
  • Measurement for Civil Engineering and E&M Works in Quantity Surveying
  • Cost Estimating


2 out of 3 Elective Modules:

  • Property and Facilities Management
  • BIM for Reinforced Concrete Structure
  • Surveying Practices in Construction Industry


Semester 5:

  • Industry-Based Student Project (Part B)
  • Industrial Attachment
  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Construction Contract Management

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