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Advanced Diploma in Engineering

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
02 Sep 2019 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
To be advised
2 years to 3 years
Course Fee
To be paid in 3 instalments per year and are subject to annual revision without prior notice.

HK$14,800 (Year 1)
HK$22,680 (Year 2)
HK$30,600 (Year 3)
How to Apply
Deadline on 01 Aug 2019 (Thu)
This programme offers two streams of studies:
- Electrical Engineering
- Building Services Technology

High calibre students can further their studies in Engineering at local or overseas universities after successfully completing this programme.

This programme provides a good foundation concepts in engineering education and prepares students for further studies or acquiring practical knowledge and skills to pursue a career in engineering fields by offering two streams of studies:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Building Services Technology 

Professional Recognition

Graduates of Electrical Engineering Stream of this programme is recognised by The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Hong Kong S.A.R. Government as fulfilling the academic requirements for Grade A and Grade B Registered Electrical Worker (REW)*.

Note: Graduates of Building Services Technology Stream of this programme have to complete the modules of Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Power Transmission and Distribution in order to fulfill the academic requirements for Grade A and Grade B registration*.

*Graduates must also possess the relevant practical experience in electrical work as stipulated by The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD).


Programme Objectives

The programme aims to provide students with:

  • Professional ethics concepts;
  • Generic knowledge of languages, mathematics and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Hands-on training on engineering or creative project development on their chosen stream of studies in either:
    • Electrical Engineering stream which is related to electrical power generation, transmission and distribution; or
    • Building Services Technology stream which is related to building services installations.


Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate ideas in a manner appropriate to the circumstance using English languages (oral and written) in social and academic contexts; 
  • Apply mathematical methods to solve engineering problems; 
  • Design and implement engineering systems related to electrical or building automation systems; 
  • Apply computer interfacing techniques in industrial systems; 
  • Discuss the importance of professional ethics in the field of engineering; 
  • Describe the major components of electrical installation in buildings.  

The programme will be offered on a part-time basis and 3 trimesters will be allocated over each academic year. For year 1 module will have 24 contact hours and be taught in 3 hours per week (i.e. total 8 weeks). For year 2 modules, there will be 30 contact hours per module and it will be taught in 3 hours per week (i.e. total 10 weeks). For year 3 modules, except the modules Project, and Engineering and Society, there will be 36 contact hours per module and it will be taught in 3 hours per week (i.e. total 12 weeks).

The language modules will be taught by face-to-face lectures, small group discussions, and case studies. For specialism modules, arrangement of teaching and learning approaches including face-to-face lectures, class discussions, group work, practical, site visit, field work, laboratory work, directed self-study and computer aided learning will be used for relevant technical modules, such as Computer Aided Design, Electrical and Electronic Principles, and Electromechanical Energy Conversion.

Opportunities for Further Studies

High calibre students can further their studies in Engineering at local or overseas universities after successfully completing this programme. In 2013-14, around 30% of graduates gained admission to local part-time engineering degree programmes (e.g. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). 

Application Code 1645-IT021A -

  • 3 years (If applicants are granted direct entry to Advanced Diploma in Engineering Year 2, the study duration is 2 years.)
  • Any of the HKU SPACE Learning Centres

The following table shows the modules to be contained in the programme:

Year Trimester Modules
1 1 General English
Basic Mathematics I
Introduction to Engineering and Technology
2 Technical English I

Engineering Drawing


Electric Circuit Analysis 
3 Basic Mathematics II#

Introduction to Engineering Mechanics


2 4 Technical English II#
Engineering Mathematics I
Electrical and Electronic Principles
5 Instrumentation and Measurements
Computer System Principles
Mechanical Systems Principles
6 Engineering Mathematics II#
Computer Programming
Solar Energy Conversion
3   Electrical Engineering Stream Building Services Technology Stream
7 Computer Aided Design
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Fire Protection, Plumbing and Drainage Systems
Control Systems
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)
8 Project Management
Engineering and Society
Electrical Services in Buildings
Power Transmission and Distribution
Intelligent Buildings
Electrical Energy Systems


  • Programme QF Level of Advanced Diploma in Engineering Year 1 and 2 is 3.  
  • Programme QF Level of Advanced Diploma in Engineering Year 3 is 4.   

Students will be awarded Advanced Diploma in Engineering by completing all the 26 modules in 1-9 trimesters.

If the students would like to exit after completing the 17 modules in the 1-6 trimesters, students will be awarded Diploma in Engineering.

If the students would like to exit after completing the 8 modules in the 1-3 trimesters, students will be awarded Certificate in Engineering.

#Pre-requisite is required before attempting the module. 

Classes will generally be held on either weekday evenings (7:15 - 10:15pm); or Saturday afternoons (2:30 - 5:30pm), or Saturday evenings (6:30 - 9:30pm); or Sunday mornings (10:00am - 1:00pm), or Sunday afternoons (2:30 - 5:30pm).

Applicants shall:

  1. have gained in the HKDSE Level 2 Examination or above in 5 subjects# (including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics (Core)); or
  2. have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in three subjects, and Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language*, or equivalent; or
  3. have successfully completed the Yi Jin Programme or the Yi Jin Diploma; or
  4. hold a degree or sub-degree in a non-engineering discipline. Their qualifications must be obtained in an institution with English as the teaching medium. These applicants will be exempted from ENGG2001 General English, ENGG2002 Basic Mathematics I and ENGG3002 Technical English I. Those who hold Level 2 or above in Mathematics Extended Part Module 1 or Module 2 in the HKDSE, or Grade E or above in the HKCEE Additional Mathematics or equivalent will be further exempted from ENGG3003 Basic Mathematics II(As such, applicants should provide certified true copies of full educational certificates and transcripts as well as the public examination results for consideration. For  details, please refer to the below section of  "Apply  -  Enrolment Method".)

Note: Applicants who are aged 21 or above with other qualifications or relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.

Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application.

The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows:

“Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3 in the HKDSE Examination; and

 Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

* With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognizes Grade E previously awarded for Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)) at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in these two subjects at HKCEE.

Course Fee
  • To be paid in 3 instalments per year and are subject to annual revision without prior notice.

    HK$14,800 (Year 1)
    HK$22,680 (Year 2)
    HK$30,600 (Year 3)

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

(1) Applicants are required to

  1. apply in person by submitting the Application Form SF26; AND
  2. with original and copy of the above documents to any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

Applicants will be informed for the admission results after assessment. 


  1. Applicants who have responded to the previous admission need not re-apply.  
  2. HKU SPACE reserves the right to cancel a course in case of insufficient enrolment or unforeseen difficulties arising from running the course.
  3. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  4. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  5. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  6. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  7. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  8. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.
Payment Method

Accepted applicants will receive offer letter package and should bring along with offer letter and enrolment form when paying the course fees at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

Fee payment

  • Cash or EPS
  • Cheque
    Course fees can be paid by crossed cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE". Please specify the programme title(s) for application, student's name, and student card number (if applicable).
  • VISA/MasterCard