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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Environmental Engineering

Programme code EG114138

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2021. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2022/23 will be announced later.
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 and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Yi Jin Diploma / 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 Construction :
    IVE (Tsing Yi) :  2436 8503
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 and construction engineering 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 Management offered by The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
  2. BEng(Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  3. BSc(Hons) in Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  4. BSc(Hons) in Environmental Management and Technology offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  5. 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.