Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering

Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
Hong Kong
Study mode
2 years
Total tuition fee (local)
Contact the university / college
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 14,167

About this course

This programme aims to provide students with the necessary technical and professional knowledge and skills to pursue a career as higher technicians in civil engineering or related fields. It prepares students for careers as technicians or technician engineers in the civil / structural engineering and construction industry. It also aims to develop students who can think independently, appreciate technical, managerial and social constraints in their working environment and are able to make professional judgements.

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.

Entry Requirements

International Students:

  • Applicants with academic qualifications obtained in secondary or tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong will be assessed individually by the departments concerned.
  • IGCSE, GCE, International Baccalaureate (IB) or other overseas qualifications which are comparable with the required levels of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will be accepted.
  • IELTS overall score at 5 or equivalent 


Semester 1

  • Engineering Science for Construction A
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Construction Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Construction Technology A
  • Material and Concrete Technology
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • IT Essentials - Services
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement

Semester 2

  • Industrial Training for Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering
  • Construction Technology B
  • Electrical and Mechanical Services
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Soil Mechanics and Geology
  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication I : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action

Semester 3

  • Structural Analysis A
  • Fluid Mechanics for Construction
  • Construction Contract Administration and Project Management
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Building Information Modelling in Civil Engineering
  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision

Semester 4

  • Enrichment Module
  • Steelwork Design
  • Structural Analysis B
  • Highway Engineering
  • Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • Elective Module (I)
  • Elective Module (II)
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication III : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development

Students are required to study 2 out of the following 6 elective modules :

  • Structures and Tall Buildings
  • Temporary Works
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering Practice
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Semester 5

  • Sustainability and Engineering Profession
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Industry-Based Student Project
  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials

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