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Diploma in Surveying

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
11 Sep 2024 (Wed)
1 year
Course Fee
Deadline on 21 Aug 2024 (Wed)
2508 8816
2508 6403
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The programme aims to equip students with practical and specialized knowledge and skills of the surveying profession, and prepare them for undertaking basic professional tasks and pursuing relevant professional qualifications.

Features of this programme
  • By studying this programme, students will be equipped with the required knowledge, skills and abilities relating to a practicing surveyor to work in the surveying field immediately after graduation.
  • The programme has been recognized by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Students only have to spend one year time studying this programme.
  • Teachers are senior practitioners and qualified Chartered / Professional Surveyors. They are capable of teaching junior practitioners practical hands-on skills with their rich experience gained in the industry.
  • The programme also comprises a variety of non-lecture activities, including BIM Workshop, Multidisciplinary Workshop, Guided Site Visits and Presentation Workshops. They help students to reinforce their knowledge and skills learnt in class by putting them into practice, enhance their learning experience, and encourage deep and active learning.

Programme Details

It is designed for part-time study of one year.  Each academic year consists of two semesters. There will be an assessment period at the end of each semester for taking examinations of the modules studied.

Before starting the study, a student has to choose his/her stream: Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or General Practice Surveying. Students have to take 4 modules in total, including two core modules, and two modules specifically designed for the chosen stream as detailed below:

Core Modules

Module 1

Surveyors in Built Environment

Module 2

The Legal Context of Surveying

Modules for Building Surveying Stream

Module 3

Project Management for Building Surveyor

Module 4

Building Surveying

Modules for Quantity Surveying Stream

Module 5

Construction Financial Control and Management

Module 6

Measurement, Tendering and Estimating

Modules for General Practice Surveying Stream

Module 7

Land Uses and Planning Development

Module 8

Property Valuation and Investment

Students must complete the two core modules before taking the modules specifically designed for the chosen stream.

Non-lecture activities

Apart from formal lectures and tutorials, there are non-lecture activities:

  • BIM Workshop
    • Students are taught with the latest technologies of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Computer Laboratory.
  • Multidisciplinary Workshop
    • Students are divided in groups according to their chosen streams, and carry out activities including case studies, analyses of scenarios type questions and role plays, to enhance their understandings of the roles of different streams of surveyors in a multidisciplinary project team.
  • Guided Site Visit and Presentation Workshop
    • The module lecturer carries out site visit with students to their selected sites to prepare the Practical Professional Project; students are required to complete the Practical Professional Project by collecting real project data and presenting their works in the Presentation Workshop.


  • Assessments for the majority of modules are based on a 3 hour examination and an assignment.
  • There is one module under each stream for which assessment is through a Practical Professional Project with real project data.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the Programme

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

1. articulate the principal features of the real estate market, construction industry and the roles of the different streams of surveying profession in Hong Kong;

2. explain fundamental concepts, knowledge and skills in carrying out professional tasks of a surveyor;

Depending on which stream the students have chosen, they will achieve the ILOs as follows:

Building Surveying stream

3. explain the statutory and non-statutory requirements affecting property development and property and facility management, and the related administrative procedures of complying with the requirements;

4. devise solutions to resolve management problems identified in the course of carrying out professional tasks of building surveying;

5. justify technical advice provided for new and existing built premises in terms of workmanship, materials used and regulatory requirements;

6. integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of project delivery for the benefit of clients and the society as a whole.

Quantity Surveying stream

7. evaluate and synthesize relevant information in construction for effective cost management and creative problem solving;

8. apply the concept and principles of financial control and management in construction projects;

9. justify construction cost advice to ensure accurateness, efficiency and effectiveness in achieving project goals;

10. integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of project delivery for the benefit of clients and the society as a whole.

General Practice Surveying stream

11. explain the procedures and rationales of land administrative procedures and planning development;

12. analyze the factors of time, cost, quality and environmental concern affecting effective asset valuations;

13. interpret the factors affecting asset management;

14. integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of project delivery for the benefit of clients and the society as a whole.

Academic Progression

Graduates of this programme will normally be offered credit exemptions for taking the following programmes of the University College of Estate Management (UCEM):

  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management
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  • 2 evenings a week. with occasional weekend site visits / workshops.
    12 months, part-time (2 Semesters)

Professional Accreditation

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Associate Membership
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
  • A student who obtains a Diploma in Surveying will have fulfilled the academic requirement for Associate levels of membership (ACABE)

Accredited Course

Academic Partner

Hong Kong Institute of Land Administration (HKILA)

  • Associated Membership

Graduates of the Diploma in Surveying are deemed to have satisfied the academic requirements only, other requirements and/or assessments maybe required for membership. Please contact the above Institutes/Association directly for further information.


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$33,100

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have gained in:

  1. HKDSE Examination Level 2 in 4 subjects (including Chinese Language) and Level 3 in English Language; or

  2. HKCEE grade E in 3 subjects, Level 2 in Chinese Language and Level 3 in English Language * or

  3. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and one year of relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.

* With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognizes Grade E previously awarded for Chinese Language at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in this subject at HKCEE. As for English Language, Grade C (Syllabus B) obtained before 2007 is recognized as Level 3 obtained in or after 2007.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Diploma in Surveying
COURSE CODE 31L10367A FEES $33,100 ENQUIRY 2508-8816
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Diploma in Surveying

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])


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Enrolment Method

Please submit your completed "Application for Enrolment Form (SF26)" together with the application fee (crossed cheque of HK$150 made payable to “HKU SPACE”) and supporting documents (i.e. copies of academic qualifications and/or proof of work experience) to any of our enrolment centres in person or by post to HKU SPACE, 11/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Attn: Ms Judy Mok). Please clearly mark on the envelope "Application for Diploma in Surveying (2170-HB040A)".