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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MA Housing Studies

文學碩士(房屋學)


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P35
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Selected weekday evenings and summer blocks
Indicative Intake Target 60
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Programme Website Click here to open
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.
Programme Director
Dr Xiaoling ZHANG
B.B.A (Management,Shandong University), PhD (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Admissions Officer
Ms Michelle MA
MSc Leeds, MBA HKU, CMILT
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8917
Remarks: Internship arrangement for the programme is optional.

† 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.



Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to:

  1. train professional housing managers for both the public and private housing sectors in Hong Kong and the Region;
  2. equip graduates with thorough understanding of the social, political, economic, legal and physical institutions within the context of housing management; and
  3. furnish graduates with high level analytic and management skills for the personal enhancement of the graduate in their future career as well as further development of the profession.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent.

Priority will be given to those applying with relevant work experience and those who can provide evidence of academic or professional attainment acceptable for this purpose by the University. 

In addition, you must also satisfy the English proficiency requirements stipulated by the University if your undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English.
 
Credit-transfer for relevant courses will be granted on an individual basis provided that these courses fulfill the necessary requirements as stipulated in the Academic Regulations, that is, a maximum of 15 credits for Master of Arts in Housing Studies (MAHS) degree and 12 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD).
 
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 213 (computer-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 Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.
 

Course Description

The programme is taught in part-time evening/block mode over 6 semesters, including 2 summer semesters (normally 24 months). Classes are usually be conducted on selected weekday evenings or block teachings in summer.
 
All students are first admitted to the MAHS programme (30 credits units). Students who have successfully completed 24 credits units (excluding the MAHS Capstone Project and Research Methods for Housing Studies) as prescribed in the syllabus are eligible to apply for graduation as PGD as an exit.
 
The programme comprises of 9 core housing courses and a flexible list of elective courses.
 
The Core Courses are:
  • Advanced Housing Practice (and Residential)
  • Building Service Systems and Maintenance for Housing Managers
  • MAHS Capstone Project
  • Comparative and International Housing Policy
  • Contemporary Issues of Housing Management in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • International Housing Finance and Economics
  • Legal Studies for the Built Environment
  • Research Methods for Housing Studies
  • Contemporary Management for Housing Managers
The list of electives may change from year to year depending on the most current needs of the students and the profession.

Professional Accreditation

The programme has already obtained full recognition from the Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). The two institutes are regarded as partners in the educational process. Upon completion of the practical experience requirements and passing of examinations prescribed by professional bodies, graduates will be eligible for admission as corporate members of the HKIH and the CIH. Corporate members of HKIH and CIH are eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Housing Manager.