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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering

Programme code EG114101

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2018. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2019/20 will be announced in late November 2018.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language, Chinese Language and Mathematics; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies with successful completion of Foundation Mathematics III; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education with successful completion of Mathematics 3G; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin with successful completion of Mathematics Plus; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. Holders of VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies / VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education / Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin without successful completion of the relevant optional Mathematics module, should possess HKDSE Mathematics at Level 2 or above.
  2. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  4. Holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to provide students with the necessary technical and professional knowledge and skills to pursue a career as higher technicians in civil engineering or related fields.  It prepares students for careers as technicians or technician engineers in the civil / structural engineering and construction industry.  It also aims to develop students who can think independently, appreciate technical, managerial and social constraints in their working environment and are able to make professional judgements.
This 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.
Career Prospects
The employment rate of graduates is high. Graduates may take up positions as technician engineers, assistant engineers, project co-coordinators, project officers, works supervisors and technical officers, etc.  They can pursue further study for career advancement to professional level.
Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities, including :
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  4. City University of Hong Kong
  5. The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
  6. RMIT University, Australia (Part-time top-up Degree programme operated at SHAPE of VTC)
  7. University of Wales, Swansea (UK) (complete the Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) programme in two years. Higher Diploma graduates with Distinction or Credit award may be admitted directly to the Master Degree programme and complete the Master in Engineering (Civil) in two years.)
Professional Recognition
The programme is widely accepted by the industry.  It is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership.  Recognition from other relevant professional bodies will also be sought.
The 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.
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.
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.