Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning


Program Description

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to:

  • Enhance existing construction-related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  • Produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  • Offer a route for further study to graduates of construction-related disciplines;
  • Provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals;
  • Train/equip students with the skills for carrying out research works in various related disciplines.

Entrance Requirements

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 a case-by-case basis and endorsement by the CENG will be sought.
  • Applicants without the specified academic qualifications may still be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if they are able to present exceptionally good alternative qualifications and possess substantial technical and management experiences.

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

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); 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
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

General Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following University general entrance requirements, as set out below, and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.

Applicants for admission to the University’s Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Taught Master’s Degree programmes must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from an overseas institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
  • Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

Note: Final year undergraduate students who will acquire the requisite academic qualification before the commencement of the programme may apply for admission.

Course Description

Each student must satisfactorily complete at least 60 credit units before the Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning is awarded. The total 60 credit units comprise two parts, namely the core courses (24 credits) and elective courses (36 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

RICS approved to grant accreditation for the programme from 2014/2015 academic year.

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.

Credit Unit Transfer

In general, application for credit unit transfer is normally not entertained. In case an application is considered fully justified by the Head of Department, the courses for transfer must be taken from the master programme by the student within 3 years from the date of application of this transfer exercise. This arrangement does not apply to students registering for another stream after graduation from one stream. Criteria for granting credit unit transfer include the level, the duration and the content of the course.

Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following the student’s admission, before the deadline set by the University. Applications for credit transfer for outside work completed after admission to the University must be made immediately in the semester following attainment of the additional qualification.

Please observe the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees (including remarks) under Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies website ( before accepting the offer.

Key Facts

  • Year of Entry: 2021
  • Application Deadline: Application Closed
  • Mode of Study: Combined †
  • Mode of Funding: Non-government-funded
  • Indicative Intake Target: 40
  • Minimum Number of Credits Required: 60
  • Class Schedule:
    • Students are expected to attend classes in the weekday daytimes (occasionally, at evenings, on Saturdays or Sundays). The courses (including the core courses) of the programme may be scheduled in weekday daytime session for the academic year 2020-2021.
  • Normal Study Period:
    • Full-time: 2 years (4 semesters)
    • Part-time: 4 years (8 semesters)
  • Maximum Study Period:
    • Full-time: 5 years
    • Part-time/Combined mode: 10 years
  • Mode of Processing:
    • Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Last updated Sep 2020

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