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What will I learn?

Programme Introduction

PLANNING AND DESIGNING YOUR FUTURE

The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies [BA(US)] is an interdisciplinary, studio-based and professionally-oriented programme offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design. It is designed to equip students with in-depth knowledge about diverse aspects of cities and urban systems, which forms an essential basis for various urban professions. Throughout their four years of study, students will be prepared to become professional surveyors in the planning and development stream in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

What You’ll Study

Our BA(US) programme places a strong emphasis on understanding of the dynamics and systems of cities; and the interactions between policy/planning interventions and the spontaneous social and economic processes that make up city life. Its four-year curriculum highlights research applied statistical analysis, observation and communication, and covers theories/methods and design thinking/skills during the four years of study. Through integrated problem-based learning, students will analyse urban problems from multiple perspectives and propose appropriate policy, regulatory, design and other interventions. Upon graduation, graduates will have acquired skills in spatial analysis essential for the analysis of the urban economy, society and environment, and the development of expertise in land/property development, and associated government policy/laws.

Overseas and Internships opportunities

Given the programme’s international scope, BA(US) students will have the opportunity to participate in overseas study experiences and professional training through internships.

Professional Recognition

Following approved training and assessment, BA(US) graduates are eligible to become professional chartered planning and development surveyors of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Alternatively, they can continue with Master of Science in Urban Planning to become a professional urban planner – the only programme in Hong Kong recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP).

Finally, graduates can also continue their studies in other professional postgraduate programmes in urban analytics, urban design, housing management, transport policy and planning, landscape architecture, conservation, environment and real estate, at HKU or other local/overseas universities.

Career Prospects

The BA(US) curriculum is aligned to prepare students to become professional surveyors in the planning and development stream of the surveying profession, and more generally, future global urban leaders. The analytical and communicational skills developed during your degree will open doors to a successful career in almost any field. The programme’s interdisciplinary and multidimensional nature empowers graduates to discover connections and unpack challenges from different perspectives.

Similar to urban studies programmes at major research universities in the UK and the US, graduates can opt to pursue an MPhil or PhD locally or abroad.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,29,894) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. IB score will vary according to the program selected.

For international students

Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 31 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education or equivalent
  • Hong Kong Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) or equivalent
  • SAT / AP: Redesigned SAT 1350; A minimum of three subjects in American College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or SAT Subject Tests, each with a score of 3 or better; or 550 or better.

Fulfill one of the following English Language Requirements:

An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module (within 2 years after the test date)

A score of 93 or better in the TOEFL internet-based test/ TOEFL iBT Home Edition, or 583 in the TOEFL paper-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (October 2017 onwards) (within 2 years after the test date).

PTE A: A score of 64 in the Pearson Test of English Assessment (Academic).

International Baccalaureate Diploma;

GCSE / GCEO / IGCSE

(a) Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
(b) Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
(c) Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally