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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Urban Planning [MSc(Urban Planning)] programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and its graduates can become full corporate members of the HKIP after completing two years of relevant working experience and the professional assessments. Graduates from the MSc(Urban Planning) programme can become corporate members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in the UK after going through the assessment of professional competency. MSc(Urban Planning) graduates specialising in transport planning can apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILT-HK). Graduates can also apply to become Planning and Development Surveyors of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) after completing specific top-up modules and passing professional assessments.

The MSc(Urban Planning) programme is both academically rigorous and professionally oriented. The programme provides comprehensive training in the theory, methodology and practice of urban planning, equipping students to seek employment in urban planning and related fields in the public and private sectors. As urban planning requires multidisciplinary perspectives, students are admitted with degrees from a variety of related disciplines such as architecture, civil engineering, environmental sciences, geography, urban studies, social sciences, real estate, urban design, surveying and so on.

The programme comprises the core elements of lecture courses and studios, focusing on spatial planning in dynamic, high-density urban environments. Students are also encouraged to develop a specialism in a sub-field of urban planning such as transport, housing or environment, through optional courses and a dissertation related to the specialization.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,37,099) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

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

A Bachelor's degree with honours or an equivalent qualification.

Must satisfy the University's English language requirement.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for admission to the curriculum concerned, an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain one of the following examination result.

A. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or
2. a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or
3. a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

B. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or

C. GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Grade C or above; or

D. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grade C or above; or

E. Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
Grade C or above

*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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