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Higher Diploma in Geospatial Science and Land Surveying

Higher Diploma in Geospatial Science and Land Surveying
Programme Aims

The programme aims to train para-professionals on land surveying and geographic information technology.
To support Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint, allow students to develop a 3D spatial database and apply spatial data in the innovative development of smart cities.

The programme will also provide 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 (Sha Tin)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed as assistant land surveyors, survey officers (Land / Planning / Engineering / Photogrammetry), technical officers (Cartographic / Reprographic), GIS specialists, GIS consultants, etc., in various government departments, consultants and contractors; or they can become professional land surveyor with relevant bachelor degree qualification and training.


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

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Green Engineering and Sustainability.

Graduates may apply for admission to senior year (Year 3) of relevant degree programmes offered by local universities and institution, including:

  • BSc (Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2 years)

Students may be required to take bridging modules and it will be considered on individual basis.

Professional Recognition

The Department will seek the following professional institutions to recognise our graduates from this programme satisfying the academic requirement of its Associate membership:

  1. The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) - Land Surveying Division
  2. Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)

 The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.

Graduates with relevant work experience and academic qualifications are eligible to pursue become land surveying professionals.


  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 Engineering :
    IVE (Sha Tin) : 2256 7500

Semester 1:

  • English & Communication: Workplace interaction
  • IT Essentials – Smart Living
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Understanding Construction Industry
  • Mathematics for Geomatics I
  • Programming fundamentals for Geomatics I
  • Mapping Science
  • Land Surveying Theory and Practice
  • Geographic Information Science


Semester 2:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
  • Mathematics for Geomatics II
  • Construction Technology and Project Management
  • Geo-referencing Systems
  • Engineering Data and Drawings
  • Engineering Survey and Instrumentation


Semester 3:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Enrichment Module A
  • Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning
  • Survey Practice I
  • Satellite Positioning and Infrastructure


Semester 4:

  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Enrichment Module B
  • Remote Sensing
  • Land Boundary Survey
  • Photogrammetry and laser scanning
  • Survey Adjustment
  • Industry-Based Student Project (Year-long module)


Elective Modules (any two):

  • BIM & 3D GIS
  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • Utility Surveying


Semester 5:

  • Industry-Based Student Project (Year-long module)
  • Industrial Attachment
  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Survey Practice II
  • Advanced Geographic Information Science

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