Postgraduate Diploma in Green Building with Management - HKU SPACE: General & Environmental Sciences courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Green Building with Management

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Start Date
01 Mar 2019 (Fri)
Next intake(s)
1 year to 3 years
Course Fee
Total programme fee: HK$41,600 paid in 2 instalments

• First instalment: HK$20,800 (For Module 1 to 4)
• Second instalment: HK$20,800 (For Module 5-6 and 8-9)
How to Apply
Deadline on 04 Feb 2019 (Mon)

This is the first green building programme integrated with vital green management topics offered at postgraduate level in Hong Kong. It is designed for students who aspire to acquire green building knowledge in tackling green building design considerations required in building related project. It is also suitable for students who want to pave the path to become green building professionals. This programme also equips students with the knowledge of carbon management, environmental policy and auditing issues for understanding essential green initiates for building related practitioners.

This programme has been listed in the web site of Hong Kong Green Building Council. Please refer to this link ( for details. This programme will be served as one of the ways for building-related practitioners to become a green building professional in Hong Kong.

Programme Features

  • Graduates of this Programme are able to have direct articulation to the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability offered by the Aston University, UK. Graduates only study 4 more courses through distance learning plus a dissertation to complete the master degree programme
  • The course contents include knowledge, best practices and case study related to green building for helping students in understanding varioius major aspects inlcuded in the Building Environmental Assessment Method Professionals (BEAM Pro) examination developed by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the BEAM Society and also the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) examinations developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • The Programme includes modules that can provide green building cases and field trips for assisting students’ learning.

Information about the Aston University

  • Aston ranks the 22nd place in The Guardian University League Table 2015. 
  • The Complete University Guide 2015 ranks Aston in the top 25 universities.

For more details about the Aston MSc Strategic Sustainable Business, please visit:

Special Note:
Students shall be informed for any updates of the programme structure after the submission of application if necessary.

This programme consists of 8 modules.Each of the first six modules is 30 hours and each of the last two modules is 18 hours.

Module 1             Green Engineering Essentials
Module 2             Green Site Organisation and Planning
Module 3             Sustainable Material and Water Resources Management for Green Buildings
Module 4             Use and Sustainable Planning of Energy Resources
Module 5             Indoor Environmental Quality
Module 6             Carbon Management for Green Environment
Module 8             Environmental Management Systems and Auditing
Module 9           
Green Building Project Certification

  • Ir C F Lam

Ir Lam is a professional environmental and civil engineer with over 25 years of experience in a broad spectrum of infrastructural engineering, environmental management and pollution control projects.  

Ir Lam’s practice includes environmental policy formulation; engineering project management and financing; engineering contract administration; design and construction of sewage collection and treatment systems; source reduction, recycling, collection, treatment and disposal of municipal solid waste and chemical waste; air and noise pollution mitigation; environmental impact assessment; environmental monitoring and auditing; green procurement; corporate environmental management; environmental permitting and licensing; legislative enforcement and prosecution; water quality policy and monitoring; and professional training.

Ir Lam is currently the Council Member, Ex-officio Member of the Environmental Division and Member of the Environmental Discipline Advisory Panel of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He is also the Past Chairman of the Hong Kong Waste Management Association.

  • Dr Ruffinaa Thilakaratne

Dr Ruffinaa Thilakaratne is a RIBA qualified architect, LEED Accredited Professional, HK BEAM Plus Professional and a PhD holder with 15 yrs. international experience. She possesses extensive experience in architectural practice, research & teaching.

With her profound knowledge in architecture and sustainability disciplines she is currently involved with a number of tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the US teaching undergraduate students and providing green building training for industry professionals.

In her present role as the Director of Sustainability at GRID Consortium, she is involved in green building rating management consultancy under LEED and BEAM Plus rating schemes, developing green specifications, reviewing and providing expertise for government bids for Hong Kong projects and conducting green professional training in Asia. As a qualified architect, she is currently providing sustainability and design consultancy for many high-end property developers in Hong Kong and Asia and also for other corporate entities and institutions on their commercial, institutional and master planning projects.

Her core expertise are in the areas green building rating systems, environmental performance modeling, green material and architectural specifications and design intelligence. She is also a design architect specialized in science, technology & education projects, mixed use transit oriented developments, hospitality and housing.

She is well acquainted with IBC, BS and ASD building codes and regulations, ISO 14000 and environmental standards and LEED and BEAM Plus green building rating systems.

Her interest in sustainability extends through her active involvement in USGBC Education Review Committee, USGBC China Chapter RPC Committee, BEAM Society Professional Development Committee and SwedCham Environmental Committee.

  • Dr Ng Min Yee, Candy

Dr Candy Ng has been awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Building Services Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is the BEAM Professional and Certified Carbon Audit Professional and an expert in both the Energy Management and Fire Engineering. She applies computational fluid dynamics techniques to study many practical problems, including building energy efficiency and smoke generation in case of fire. Candy is keen on carrying out the qualitative and quantitative analysis in fire engineering and building energy problems.

Semester 1: Jun 2018 to Sep 2018

Semester 2:  Sep 2018 to Dec 2018

Semester 3: Jan 2019 to May 2019

Semester 4: May 2019 to Jul 2019

  HKU SPACE reserves the right to alter details of the course such as date, time, venue and substitution of lecture or tutors.

Application Code 1675-039A -

Days / Time
  • Monday, 19:15 to 22:15 (For Module 1 to 6)
  • Wednesday, 19:15 to 22:15 (For Module 1 to 6)
  • Friday, 19:15 to 22:15 (Special Teaching Arrangement for Module 8 & 9)
  • Saturday, 09:30 to 17:30 (Special Teaching Arrangement for Module 8 & 9)
  • Sunday, 09:30 to 18:30 (Special Teaching Arrangement for Module 8 & 9)
  • Normative Study Period: 1 year
    Maximum Study Period: 3 years

Applicants should

1. hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, architectural or science disciplines awarded by a recognised university or equivalent; AND

2. provide evidence of English proficiency (if the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English) such as:

2.1 an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS;

2.2 a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL;

2.3 HKALE Use of English at Grade E;

2.4 equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Total programme fee: HK$41,600 paid in 2 instalments

    • First instalment: HK$20,800 (For Module 1 to 4)
    • Second instalment: HK$20,800 (For Module 5-6 and 8-9)

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
  • Complete the application form (SF26)
  • Bring the original and photocopies of academic certificate, HKID card and / or professional qualifications to the Enrolment Centre in person
Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE MasterCard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or MasterCard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. 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.
  2. 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 online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. 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 teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. 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 each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please aubmit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.