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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Building Studies

Programme code EG524105

Duration of Study
3 Years
[Students are required to follow the programme arrangements stipulated by IVE, on average 4 evenings per week, normally 3 semesters per academic year.]
Mode of Study
Part-time (Evening)
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Morrison Hill, Tuen Mun)

(Some modules of the programme offered by IVE (Morrison Hill) may be conducted at outside centre.)

Required No. of Credits for Graduation
Programme Aims
The programme aims to prepare students for technical, supervisory and managerial positions in the building industry. It aims to equip students with knowledge and skills required in the workplace, and to provide them with a foundation for personal development and further studies in the related occupational fields.

The 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
Graduates may take up supervisory and technical positions in the building industry, such as construction supervisors, technical officers, site agents, site engineers, project co-ordinators, quantity surveying officers, maintenance 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, especially the following part-time top-up programmes operated by SHAPE locally at VTC :
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management#, Coventry University, UK (Registration No.: 252032)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)#, RMIT University, Australia (Registration No.: 212256)
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying#, University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252193)
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying#, University of Central Lancashire, UK (Registration No.: 252192)

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition
The programme is widely accepted by the industry. It is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Clerks of Works 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 fulfill the Mandatory Basic Safety Training requirement for working on construction sites.

The programme is a CIC-accredited BIM Coordinator (CCBC) Course*.
*Including a pass in the elective module “Building Information Modelling for Construction Management".
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. 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.