Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Engineering


Program Description

Architectural Engineering

  • Major: Architectural Engineering
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Engineering
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

This major aims to:

  • Bring matriculated or equivalent students up to an academically qualified level for a professional architectural engineer.
  • Equip students with the knowledge of design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of mechanical and electrical services in buildings.
  • Produce generalists in architectural engineering who are able to deal with all aspects within the discipline such as electrical, mechanical or electronic engineering.
  • Provide students with the concept of full integration between the various disciplines within architectural engineering and in particular, the importance of integration between architectural engineering with other trades within the building industry, i.e. architects, surveyors, builders, developers and property managers.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Major, students should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics and applied science to formulate solutions on engineering problems.
  • Identify, formulate and solve architectural engineering problems.
  • Describe and practice as a professional engineer in compliance with managerial, social and ethical responsibility.
  • Design and conduct experiments or use modern computational tools, as well as to analyse and interpret data in engineering design for the built environment.
  • Plan, organize, construct, controls monitor and deliver architectural engineering projects to meet desired needs within realistic constraints in terms of economic, environmental, health and safety and sustainability.
  • Communicate effectively by means of drawings and oral and written presentations.
  • Recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning, and stay abreast of contemporary issues.
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Describe the impact of architectural engineering solutions in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to the general public.
  • Use the computer/IT tools relevant to the discipline along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.
  • Describe the legal framework and the relevant statutory requirements.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for architectural engineering practice.

Degree Requirements



  1. For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
  2. For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

^: The core course CA1167 (3 credit units) may be waived for students admitted with Advanced Standing II depending on their academic background.

Professional Recognition

This Major is accredited by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates are eligible for Scheme A Training in the following disciplines:

  • Building Services Discipline
  • Energy Discipline
  • Fire Discipline for graduates who completed successfully CA4737 and CA4738. (Students should refer to the “Admission Requirements of the Fire Discipline” for the top-up requirements to be fulfiled.)

Additional Information

  • For courses set with pre-cursor(s), ACE Department requires that all students must have attempted (including class attendance, coursework submission and examination) the precursor course(s) so identified.
  • Where courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, to pass a course, students must obtain minimum marks of 30% in both coursework and examination components, and an overall mark of at least 40%.
  • The teaching schedules of some courses offered in Summer Term may start a few weeks earlier than the normal University schedule; students are advised to check the teaching schedules with the Course Leaders before registering for the courses.


Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (options: BEng Architectural Engineering, BEng Civil Engineering, BSc Surveying)

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1201 Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (options: BEng Architectural Engineering, BEng Civil Engineering, BSc Surveying)
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): direct Application Places
    • Local Students: 6 for the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
    • Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划(统招)] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)
  • Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1201

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering is one of the founding departments of City University of Hong Kong. The Department offers professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels. Our programmes are academically rigorous and professionally focused. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, our programmes are delivered by a professional team that includes civil and structural engineers, building services engineers, construction engineers, material technologists, environmental scientists, architects, urban planners and building and quantity surveyors. Our graduates are therefore uniquely placed to serve the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

The AEC industry in Hong Kong is flourishing. Infrastructure and building developments, and the maintenance and refurbishment of existing facilities have contributed to Hong Kong's growing economy. There are notable opportunities for innovations and career development. In addition to the Hong Kong market, the local AEC industry can expect to participate actively in the international markets, including the People’s Republic of China. The Department has established close collaborations with universities and professional bodies both locally and internationally.

The introduction of a four-year university education offers a platform for the implementation of a discovery-enriched curriculum. Directed towards an outcome-based teaching and learning paradigm, together with excellence in applied research, the Department pledges to succeed in its mission of 'Meeting the world's challenges – Build tomorrow, create the future'.

The Department offers the following majors/Associate Degree:

  • BEng – Architectural Engineering
  • BEng – Civil Engineering
  • BSc – Surveying
  • BSc - Architectural Studies (Top-up Degree)
  • ASc - Architectural Studies

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1201) will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Students will enter a major (current major options: Architectural Engineering; Civil Engineering; Surveying) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# Based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programmes:

  • BSc Surveying (admission code: 1547A)
  • BEng Architectural Engineering (admission code: 1698A)
  • BEng Civil Engineering (admission code: 1699A)

BEng Architectural Engineering

Our Target

We aim to provide students with the academic background necessary for a professional architectural engineer. You will be able to manage the design, installation, testing, commissioning, maintenance and management of various architectural/building services systems.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

  • To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following major-specific entrance requirements:
    • Grade E or above in HKALE Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics;
    • Grade C or above in GCE A Level Mathematics;
    • A subject score of 4 or above in the IB Mathematics subject group; OR
    • Other qualifications equivalent to any one of the above and approved by the University.
  • For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering and a CGPA ≥ 3.0 in the scale with 4.3 maximum or equivalent.
  • HKDSE students will apply for admission to first-year studies (JS1201) through JUPAS.

Start Your Career Here (Major)

The ever-increasing demand for sustainable, green, intelligent building projects in Hong Kong and throughout mainland China has created a great need for building services engineers. We are playing an extremely important role in the building industry, and you can join us!

What You Will Be Studying (Major)

The core courses in this major include:

  • Environmental and Thermal Science
  • Fluids
  • Mechanics
  • Mathematics
  • Practical Training
  • Fire and Piped Services
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Systems
  • Management
  • Professional Ethics and Safety
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Engineering
  • Building Energy

Industrial Training and International Exchange

The College of Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through various internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments to firms not only in Hong Kong but also in the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:

  • Gain solid experience in a real-life work environment;
  • Develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • Learn the right attitudes towards work and professionalism; and
  • Broaden their experience and enhance their employability.

Furthermore, to help students broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer over 110 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner institutions around the world including universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

Did You Know?

We offer our students eye-opening and inspiring experiences through our Industrial Attachment Scheme and student exchange programmes with mainland universities in major cities, including Taiwan, Sydney, London, Lyngby, Singapore etc. All of our building services engineering graduates are employed in related professional fields after graduation.


Last updated Jan 2020

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