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Surveying and Property Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Surveying and Property Management

Programme Code

  • HP002 Diploma in College Foundation Studies (DCFS)
  • HP504 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 17/001016/L4
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2018 to ongoing
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

DCFS Application Code: DCFS-SPM

HD Application Code: HDSPM


“Join the Profession of Surveying and Property Management”

The real estate industry is not only the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s economy, but also closely associated with the daily life of the public. With the boost in demand for property development, an increasing number of practitioners are joining this rapidly expanding industry to meet the needs of the market. The uplifting professional standards of the industry highlight the importance of a relevant academic qualification for students to start career development in the surveying and property management profession, as well as to pursue further studies.


Programme Aims and Features

This programme is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the surveying (majoring in general practice, property and facility management surveying) and property management, to prepare them for immediate employment, as well as for pursuing professional studies with the view to gaining professional qualifications. Students are also exposed to broad-based inter-disciplinary studies in the context of surveying and property management, enabling them to choose a specialist field based on their strengths and interests.

Through job placements in property related organisations, students are able to gain exposure in the industry and prepare for a career in the sector. Current students have gained opportunities to practise in a number of reputable companies related to property.


Opportunities for Further Studies

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UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Housing-related or Surveying-related disciplines offered by local or overseas universities.

The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    BSc Surveying
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSSc Global Studies
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA Chinese and History - History and Cultural Heritage Stream
    BEng Materials Science and Engineering
    BSocSc Environmental Policy
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health 
    BSc (Hons) Geomatics
    BSc (Hons) Property Management
    BSc (Hons) Surveying

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.


Professional Recognition

This programme has been approved by the following professional body:

  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) approves that graduates are deemed to have satisfied RICS academic requirements for qualification and be admitted to the institution’s Assessment of Technical Competence.


Career Prospects

Graduates can take up junior management or supervisory positions in property management and real estate administration, such as property officer, leasing officer, sales executive or customer service officers in shopping centres.

Graduates can also take up technical grade positions in the surveying profession, such as assistant valuer or surveying officer.


Press Interview

Recruit, 22 June 2018

PR article on Recruit

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Hold a Diploma of Applied Education; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.
Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in College Foundation Studies (DCFS) programme.


Diploma in College Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows:

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.​

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.


Effective from 2024-25 Academic Year:


Diploma in College Foundation Studies

  • Essential English I
  • Essential English II
  • Effective Speaking
  • Effective Writing / Foundation Grammar
  • Foundation Chinese Language /  Communication in Chinese as a Second Language
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • ICT in Society
  • Introduction to Business
  • Understanding Personal Growth and Development 
  • Youth and Society 


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Information Technology Fundamentals 
  • Real Estate Development Process
  • Property Management Practices
  • Land and Real Estate Economics
  • General Principles of Law
  • Housing Studies: Concepts, Framework and Policy
  • Introduction to Facility Management


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Business
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies / Summer Placement
  • Property Valuation
  • Building Technology and Maintenance
  • Property Laws in Practice
  • Planning and Development
  • Project Management for Surveying Profession
  • Housing Finance and Accounting
  • Building Contract Administration

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.