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Degrees and qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Geomatics (PgD)

The PgD programme in GIS has been running for more than 17 years. Being the longest running programme in its category, the programme is highly regarded by GIS and surveying professionals in Hong Kong and in Asia Pacific. By focusing on GIS and surveying technologies, students become familiar with the technical aspects of GIS operations and how GIS can be applied in a variety of industries as well as how results can be accurately interpreted. As such, graduates are employed in various disciplines.

Career Prospects / Academic Opportunities after Graduation

The application of GIS in Hong Kong and many other countries has increased rapidly in the last two decades and beyond just land surveying. Ten years ago, only two or three government departments in Hong Kong used GIS. Today, the list has grown to include the Lands Department, Planning Department, Highways Department, Transport Department, Fire Services Department, Civil Engineering and Development Department, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

In the private sector, utilities such as gas and power companies have been frequent users. In recent years, telecommunications, planning, public administration, transportation, logistics, car navigation, civil engineering, archaeology and real estate companies have also adopted GIS in their operations. As such, new career opportunities arise for graduates from these postgraduate programmes.

Professional Recognition

The PgD degree is accredited by:

  • Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS)
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), UK
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES)

Programme Structure


7 subjects including 4 core subjects

Dissertation on GIS or Surveying


Geomatics Project and an additional core subject within the chosen specialism

Core Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Surveying Subjects

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialism
Surveying Specialism
Both GIS and Surveying Specialisms
  • Advanced GIS
  • GIS engineering
  • Spatial data visualization and modeling
  • Advanced surveying
  • Satellite positioning and navigation
  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Principles of GIS
  • Remote sensing image processing
  • Spatial data analysis and mining
  • Spatial data acquisition

Elective GIS and Surveying Subjects

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialism
Surveying Specialism
Both GIS and Surveying Specialisms
  • Advanced surveying
  • Satellite positioning and navigation
  • Advanced GIS
  • GIS engineering
  • Spatial data visualization and modeling
  • Mobile GIS Programming
  • Location-based Services
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Urban Application of GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Subjects related to project management, environmental studies, civil engineering, real estate and construction technologies

Programme Characteristics

Providing fundamental knowledge and leading edge skills in GIS and surveying at postgraduate level, these programmes cater for two groups of students. Those coming from non-Geomatics background will get specialist education in GIS while those with Geomatics background will advance their knowledge in the field and get to learn the latest in technologies. The interaction between these two groups makes these programmes unique and enables students to integrate with people from different backgrounds, thus broadening their experience.

For September 2018 entry, please obtain detailed information from the Study@PolyU website and apply online according to the following schedule:
September 2018 entry : deadline 30 April 2018

Tuition Fee

Tuition Fee for each Credit (HK$)
3,800 for local students
4,000 for non-local students             
Initial Registration Credits
12 (Full-time), 6 (Part-time)

Course fee will be collected in two installments per year.

Application fee

HK$450 (or RMB420 for payment in the Chinese Mainland; or US$58 for payment by bank draft)

Application procedures

Please view the application procedures here.


For further information on academic matters, please contact  Programme Leader:

Dr. Bo WU (tel: 2766 4335; email:

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