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Degrees and qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Department is well recognised as a regional centre of excellence in geomatics research. It topped the worldwide ranking according to a Thompson Reuters report. The department has a state-of-the-art Research Centre for Geo-Information Science and Technology that enables staff and students to carry out research with the latest tools.

The PhD and MPhil programmes aim to provide rigorous training to students who aspire to become researchers and/or scholars capable of producing independent and original research, and of producing research findings that are relevant and significant to their chosen fields of specialisation.

The MPhil study requires candidates to undertake critical study of a chosen area while the PhD study demands candidates to accomplish a study which makes a significant contribution to knowledge deserving of publication.

(PhD Fellowships Available. Click here for information.)

Programme Structure



24 months fulltime (48 months parttime)

36 months fulltime (72 months parttime)

Residence requirement: must spend at least 12 months of study at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

9 credits of coursework

12 credits of coursework

Thesis and oral examination

* One extra year (full time) is normally required for students who were admitted with a Bachelor's degree only

Listed below are research areas currently focused by the Department:

Surveying, Navigation and Positioning 測量、導航和定位

Automation and enhancement of cadastral systems of Hong Kong; improvement of accuracy, reliability and efficiency in shallow water mapping using new technologies such as multi-beam echo sounders; development of GPS positioning technologies such as multi-antenna GPS; evaluation & modelling of GPS positioning errors; development of technologies for landslide and structure monitoring; multi-sensor and map matching techniques for navigation in high-rise urban areas; intelligent transport information systems; location-based computing and services; and fleet management.

Geodesy and Geodynamics 大地測量及地球動力學

Dynamical interaction between the solid Earth, oceans and atmosphere; El Nino; InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) for monitoring Earth surface deformation; precise determination of the geoid; space geodesy; sea-level change and impact assessment; applications of space geodetic techniques to study crustal deformation, atmospheric and environmental changes and the related natural hazards.

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 攝影測量及遙感

Applications of close-range photogrammetry and laser scanning in engineering and industry; fusion of satellite images; high-resolution image compression; environmental applications of remote sensing; remote sensing of the urban thermal environment; and two- and three-dimensional information extraction from high-resolution digital images.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 地理信息系統

Applications of GIS in transportation, and environment and facility management; spatial data structures, terrain modelling and computational geometry; data exchange and integration; dynamic marine GIS; multi-dimensional data models; scale theory; spatial databases; spatial data quality; spatio-temporal modelling; spatial decision support systems; and internet GIS.

Digital Cartography 數字化制圖

Automated map generalisation; cartographic visualisation; design of dynamic maps for vehicle navigation; multi-media presentation; multi-scale cartographic databases; and symbol design for tourist maps.

For general inquiries about the research programmes, please contact Prof. Wu CHEN, Chairman of Departmental Research Committee.

Latest Vacancies

There are several vacancies and job opportunities related to land surverying and geo-informatics available.

Hot news & events

LSGI's 30th Anniversary (29 May 2014)

Renowned Scholar in Geodesy Gave Seminars at LSGI (1 Apr 2014)

Outstanding Student Award (1 Apr 2014)

LSGI Research Receives Awards (31 Mar 2014)

LSGI scholar wins the 2014 John I. Davidson President's Award of ASPRS (13 Feb 2014)

HKPolyU-Wuhan University Partner GNSS Research Center Established at LSGI (20 Jan 2014)

LSGI Seminar: Assessment of Environment from Satellite Observation (23 Jan 2014)

Visit of China University of Mining and Technology (14 Jan 2014)

The Third International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA 2014) (Abstract submission on or before 20 Jan 2014)

Recent LSGI Lunar Mapping Achievements Covered Widely by Media (30 Dec 2013)

PolyU Lunar Mapping Techniques Contributed to the Successful Landing of Chang'E-3 on the Moon (20 Dec 2013)

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation - Civil Engineering and Surveying (NDT&ECES) Workshop 2014 in BAM, Berlin

International Association of Chinese Professionals in Global Positioning Systems (CPGPS)
6th CPGPS Forum (9-11 Jan 2014)

LSGI Seminar: Mapping and localization techniques for teleoperation of Chang'E-3 lunar rover (6 Dec 2013)

The Seventh Cross-strait Geomatics Conference (21-23 Nov 2013)

19th Congregation of LSGI (13 Nov 2013)

An Unified Approach of Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation on Building, Civil Engineering and Underground Utility Structures and Material (5 Sep 2013)

Introduction of Underground Utility Surveying - as a Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Method (29 Aug 2013)

LSGI academic received the 2013 China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) Excellent Paper Award

The 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2013)

LSGI Students and Staff - core members of the Gold Award winning team in PolyU's Outstanding Service Learning Project Awards 2012

FCE Sustainable Urban Development Forum cum Research Alumni Reunion

LSGI Received PTeC Maximum Staff Participation Award 2012

Summer School for Outstanding Postgraduate and Senior Undergraduate Students

LSGI Community Outreach: Basketball Game with MTRC Land Surveying Team

8th International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality (ISSDQ2013)

Dr. Bo WU Received the Excellence in Research Award 2011/2012

Dr. George Zhizhao Liu Received Early Career Award 2012/13 from Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Outstanding LSGI Alumni 2012 - Result Announcement

Four New Staff Members Join the Department in September 2012

LSGI's Latest Research on Future Hong Kong Urban Temperature Attracts Wide Attention

LSGI Welcomes a Famous New Professor : Mei-Po KWAN

LSGI Programmes Accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Research Student Scholarships Available Now.Click here for application.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Research Activities

The LSGI is very active in research activities. It hosts research centres which focus on geomatics, remote sensing and urban hazards. Find out more.

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