Architectural Studies
Architectural Studies
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

This Major educates internationally qualified architectural professionals to support Hong Kong's move to a knowledge-based economy and ensure its built environment quality befits its world class city status. The programme provides a basis for continuing professional development, and enables either professional specialization or higher academic study, particularly for holders of associate degree or higher diploma in architectural studies looking for articulation with the corresponding full-time bachelor's degree programme.

The programme aims to offer a well-balanced curriculum with emphasis on the technological aspects of architectural design and construction. It is designed to equip participants with the concept of full integration between architectural studies with other disciplines that produce the built environment, including building services and civil engineering, property development, surveying, property management, landscape architecture and urban planning.

The programme aims to provide an academic environment grounded in research excellence. In order that students may reach their maximum potential, the programme balances intellectual, vocational and the practical constituent elements and seeks to foster an attitude of enquiry, confidence and professionalism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

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

  1. Apply underlying principles and processes involved in the design of the built environment;
  2. Understand the performance criteria within the architectural professional;
  3. Explain the concept of full integration between the various disciplines within architectural studies;
  4. Judge, assemble, co-ordinate, control the resources and function alone or on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in the architectural professional creatively and innovatively;
  6. Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. Communicate effectively;
  8. Evaluate the impact of architectural design upon society and the environment;
  9. Collect and analyse data from a variety of sources, to correlate information and to use that information in the synthesis of solutions to unfamiliar problems;
  10. Use the computer/IT tools relevant to the discipline along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.
  11. Demonstrate the attitude and/or ability to accomplish discovery and/or innovation.

Degree Requirements

Requirements Normative 4-year
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement -- -- 12 credit units
College requirement -- -- 0 credit unit
Major requirement


-- 57 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) -- -- 0 credit unit
Minimum Graduation Requirement: -- -- 69 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: -- -- 84 credit units
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Professional Recognition

From December 2014 the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies has been granted an Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB. The Programme was revalidated in December 2020 and has been granted an unconditional term of Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB for a period of five years from 1 January 2021.

Additional Information

  1. Students of this Major are eligible to apply for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Student Membership.
  2. 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.
  3. 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%.
  4. 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.