MSc in Construction Management


Program Description

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to:

  • Provide students with an environment in which to develop their intellectual, analytical and critical abilities and to enable them to exercise these abilities in the built environment and the international project management field.
  • Provide a basis for continuing professional development, and encouragement for professional specialization in the local construction industry. This platform is achieved by maintaining balance activities among research, intellectual and professional developments.
  • Develop qualified and experienced real estate and construction professionals become professional managers and leaders in the field with the management principles and techniques required for the effective management of the real estate development and construction process.
  • Develop the potential professional manager’s leadership, maximising quality attainment in the built project, and developing the international vision on the project management field.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have:

  • A degree in a construction-related discipline which would normally be Architecture, Building, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, or Building Services/Civil/Structural Engineering, or
  • Obtained an equivalent qualification or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose to the University.

Preference will normally be given to applicants who have the support of their employers in pursuing the programme and three years' post-graduation work experience in the construction industry, preferably with managerial responsibility.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

General Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following University general entrance requirements, as set out below, and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.

Applicants for admission to the University’s Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Taught Master’s Degree programmes must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from an overseas institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
  • Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

Note: Final year undergraduate students who will acquire the requisite academic qualification before the commencement of the programme may apply for admission.

Course Description

The programme focuses on 6 key areas:

  • Management Principles
  • Financial Management
  • Law and Contract
  • Construction Related Information
  • Economics
  • Research

Credit Unit Transfer

In general, application for credit unit transfer is normally not entertained. In case an application is considered fully justified by the Head of Department, the courses for transfer must be taken from the master programme by the student within 3 years from the date of application of this transfer exercise. This arrangement does not apply to students registering for another stream after graduation from one stream. Criteria for granting credit unit transfer include the level, the duration and the content of the course.

Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following the student’s admission, before the deadline set by the University. Applications for credit transfer for outside work completed after admission to the University must be made immediately in the semester following attainment of the additional qualification.

Please observe the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees (including remarks) under Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies website ( before accepting the offer.

Key Facts

  • Year of Entry: 2021
  • Application Deadline: Application Closed
  • Mode of Study: Combined †
  • Mode of Funding: Non-government-funded
  • Intermediate Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Management
  • Indicative Intake Target: 90
  • Minimum Number of Credits Required: Master's Degree: 30; Postgraduate Diploma: 24
  • Class Schedule:
    • Students are expected to attend classes in the weekday daytimes (occasionally, at evenings, on Saturdays or Sundays). The courses (including the core courses) of the programme may be scheduled in weekday daytime session for the academic year 2020/2021.
  • Normal Study Period:
    • Full-time: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term)
    • Part-time: 2 years (4 semesters and 2 summer terms)
  • Maximum Study Period:
    • Full-time: 2.5 years
    • Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
  • Mode of Processing:
    • Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Last updated Sep 2020

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