Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Development



What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This postgraduate programme is designed to cut across the traditional boundaries among management, surveying, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of the subject. The primary aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of sustainable urban development.


This programme provides up-to-date knowledge in sustainable urban development based on contemporary research findings. It is suitable for local, Chinese mainland and international planners, surveyors, environmental practitioners, consultancy professionals, engineers, government officers, business managers and graduates from relevant courses.

Recognition & Prospects

The programme has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Programme Structure

This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their study either in a full-time mode or a part-time mode. Students must complete Compulsory Subjects and selected Core Subjects. They can select Elective Subjects from a wide range of subjects that are offered across several faculties in the University.

Students must complete 30 credits through two alternative approaches:

  • ​Approach A: 4 Compulsory Subjects + 3 Core Subjects + 3 Elective Subjects
  • Approach B: 4 Compulsory Subjects + 3 Core Subjects + a Dissertation

Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of Compulsory and Core Subjects:

Compulsory Subjects

​Urban Planning & Urban Design
Development Finance & Investment
Sustainability & the Built Environment
Sustainable Development & Environmental Planning

Core Subjects

​Project Appraisal
Real Estate Development
Energy Efficient Buildings
Engineering Intelligent Buildings
Noise & Vibration in Sustainable Built Environments
Urban Transport Planning - Theory & Practice^
Environmental Impact Assessment
Principles of GIS
Urban Informatics*
Social Impact Assessment

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$168,000.00 (17,82,418) per year
HK $5,600 per credit

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

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree with Honours relevant to construction, real estate, urban planning, architecture, environmental science or equivalent qualifications (including recognised professional qualifications).

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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