Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering


Program Description

Civil Engineering

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

Aims of Major

The major aims to:

  • Provide students with an environment to develop their intellectual, analytical and critical abilities, and to enable the graduates to become competent, skilled, reflective new members of the civil engineering profession.
  • Provide students with well-developed discipline knowledge who will communicate effectively.
  • Allow students to contribute through team and individual application of skills and knowledge to resolving problems.
  • Provide students with a commitment to lifelong learning and leadership in the civil and building professions.
  • Provide a basis for continuing professional development, and encouragement for professional specialization or higher academic study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

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

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, applied science, and engineering appropriate to civil engineering.
  • Design and conduct civil engineering related experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Practise as a competent engineer to design civil engineering systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as managerial, economic, political, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams in the civil engineering industry with a specialism in structural engineering or infrastructure and urbanism.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems; and produce alternative civil designs, make innovation and invention in civil engineering practice in a way that benefits society.
  • Comprehend professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Communicate effectively by means of drawings, and oral and written presentations.
  • Describe the impact of civil engineering solutions in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to both workers and the general public.
  • Recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning, and stay abreast of contemporary issues.
  • Acquaint themselves with the legal framework and the relevant statutory requirements.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for civil engineering practise.
  • Use the computer/IT tools relevant to civil engineering along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.

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:


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)

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 Civil Engineering

Our Target

We aim to equip students with specialised modern knowledge of civil and structural engineering. Our programmes have an edge over other typical civil engineering programmes thanks to a broad-based knowledge of civil engineering that include structural engineering, construction management, and infrastructure and urbanism.

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 Civil Engineering and a CGPA ≥ 3.0 in the scale with 4.3 maximum or equivalent.

What You Will Be Studying

Some of the subjects studied in this programme include:

  • Engineering Communication
  • Construction Materials, Construction Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics
  • Construction Contract
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Structural Analysis
  • Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures
  • Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical Design
  • Integrated Building Project Development
  • Final Year Project
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Temporary Works Design
  • Urban Design and Analysis, Infrastructure Asset Management, Highway Engineering, Transportation Engineering

Start Your Career Here

The construction industry is one of the most important industries in Hong Kong and employs almost 10% of the workforce. A large number of housing units have been built over the past decade and this pace of development is expected to continue to cater to the needs of an expanding and increasingly affluent population. As such, Civil and Structural Engineering graduates will remain in high demand.

Industrial Academic Exchange Programmes

The College of Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through 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.

Professional Accreditation (Major)

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

For graduates of BEng in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering Stream):

  • Civil Discipline
  • Geotechnical Discipline
  • Structural Discipline (On condition that graduates have to take any one of the following courses: (i) “CA4644 - Wind and Earthquake Engineering”, (ii) “CA4682 - Advanced Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering”, or (iii) “CA4516 - Final Year Project”, which must be in structural engineering.)
  • Building Discipline (If graduates have fulfilled the relevant top-up requirement as specified in the Admission Requirements for the Building Discipline.)

For graduates of BEng in Civil Engineering (Infrastructure and Urbanism Stream):

  • Civil Discipline
  • Geotechnical Discipline
  • Logistics & Transportation Engineering Discipline (On condition that the graduates must have taken “CA2676 - Transportation Engineering” and “CA3707 - Transportation Modelling”.)
  • Building Discipline (If graduates have fulfilled the relevant top-up requirement as specified in the Admission Requirements for the Building Discipline.)


Last updated Jan 2020

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