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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Urban Analytics (MSc(Urban Analytics)) is offered as both a one-year full-time and two-year part-time programme. The evolving technological basis of cities is reshaping our urban life and allowing us to understand, plan, manage and optimise cities in completely new ways. The Master of Science in Urban Analytics programme is therefore designed to train and upskill students and professionals able to apply novel urban science and analytics in planning and managing the development of cities. Aiming to bridge the disciplines of social science, urban planning and design and data science, the programme provides a balance between analytical and practical skills on the one hand, and on the other, domain knowledge and urban theory from social, economic, behavioural, environmental and management sciences.

Programme aims

• Equip urban professionals with cutting-edge analytics and modelling skills
• Develop good understanding of urban sciences underlying smart city development techniques
• Support urban policy makers and planning/design/surveying practitioners with urban analytics

The Master of Science in Urban Analytics degree requires 69 credits within one year of full-time study and two years of part-time study. The curriculum of the programme consists of seven urban analytics courses (6 credits each), two urban theory courses (6 credits each; two from an approved list of courses), and a dissertation/capstone project (15 credits).

Professional Accreditation

MUA has received specialist accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Graduates could become members of RTPI under the Associate Route.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$184,000.00 (18,61,406) per year
The programme fee for 2021 intake is HK $184,000 (subject to approval).

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

Start date

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

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

To be eligible for admission, candidates

(a) shall comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula; and

(b) shall hold

(i) a Bachelor's degree with honours in the urban or related fields of this University; or
(ii) a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another university or comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
(iii) preferably a professional qualification in the urban or related fields; and
(iv) satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or examination is not English are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain:

  • a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • a minimum overall band of 6.5 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • grade C or above in either the Overseas General Certificate of Education, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language.

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

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