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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Environmental Engineering

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2023. Application information for AY 2024/25 will be announced in early November 2023.

To study this programme, applicant should apply for "Higher Diploma in Environmental Protection (Subject Group) [Programme Code: AS110112]", please click here for more information.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Sha Tin)

(Some modules of the programme would be conducted at IVE (Tsing Yi).)

Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).
  4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.
  5. For details please contact Department of Engineering :
    IVE (Sha Tin) : 2256 7500
Programme Aims
With the increase in the public concerns for environmental issues and the huge investment in infrastructure development, the environmental engineering industry has a very good prospect. This programme is a cross-disciplinary professional study of environmental engineering and green construction to align with the local development needs.  It ties in closely with the sustainable development of Hong Kong and its manpower needs. Graduates have ample opportunities for career development or further study.
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 expected to be very high due to the blooming of the industry. Graduates may take up positions in the environmental / construction industry such as environmental technologists / technicians, technician engineers, project coordinators, project officers, works supervisors, technical officers and assistant engineers, etc. Employers include government department, public companies, professional environmental / construction consultants and contractors, etc.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. BEng(Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  2. BSc(Hons) in Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  3. BEng(Hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  4. BSc(Hons) in Environmental Management and Technology offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  5. BEng Environmental Science and Engineering offered by the City University of Hong Kong
  6. BSc(Hons) in Environmental Science offered by the Plymouth University in UK

Graduates may also apply for admission to relevant degree programme offered by any other local or oversea universities.
Professional Recognition
The programme is widely accepted by the industry.  It is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership. Recognition from other relevant professional bodies will also be sought.
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.

Graduates with relevant work experience are eligible to apply for exemption for some modules of the Professional Certificate in Environmental Management for Construction (Environmental Officer). This Professional Certificate is recognized by the Development Bureau as a qualification that satisfies the requirement of the Environmental Officer Course as stated in Appendix C of ETWB Technical Circular (Works) No. 19/2005. With Vplus Engineering under the Vplus Subsidy Scheme, eligible students may apply up to 60% reimbursement of their tuition fee.
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.