Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning


What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

1. enhance existing construction related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning;

2. produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning;

3. offer a route for further study to graduates of construction related disciplines;

4. provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals;

5. train/equip students with the skills for carrying out research works in various related disciplines.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

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

  • Review and evaluate in-depth knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  • Interpret and comply with legal aspects of building and urban design and regional planning;
  • Develop comfort, convenience and safety planning of the built environment to meet the society’s needs;
  • Develop research approach to solve problems in the various areas in building and urban design performance;
  • Appraise the professional practice for urban design and regional planning and the corresponding regulations and code of practice.

Course Description

Each student must satisfactorily complete at least 60 credit units before Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning is awarded. The total 60 credit units comprise two parts, namely the core courses (48 credits) and elective courses (12 credits). Reference should be made to the programme document and the student handbook for the criteria of choosing electives. The curriculum includes six key areas in urban planning and design:

  • Planning and Design Studio
  • History and Theory
  • Urban Economics and Development
  • Advanced Technology
  • Practice and Law
  • Research

Professional Accreditation

The Department will explore the possibility of seeking professional accreditation of the programme by relevant professional institutes such as the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Designers, Planning and Development Division of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and other relevant professional institutions.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 2 years (4 semesters), Maximum Study Period: 5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$348,600.00 (36,98,517) per year
HK $6,410 Per Credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have one of the following criteria to be eligible for admission:

  • Applicants should have a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline, or obtained an equivalent qualification or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose to the University. Preference for admission is given to individuals who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences, humanities and engineering, especially for those who have architecture, planning, civil engineering, surveying and construction related training.
  • The admission committee will consider prospective students’ ability and eagerness to be a professional in the discipline of urban planning and design rather than whether their previous experiences relate to urban planning and design.
  • Qualifications other than the above-mentioned will be considered on case-by-case basis and endorsement by the CSE will be sought.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

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


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