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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.

Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P64
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Students may be expected to attend classes in the weekday evenings and Saturdays, occasionally on Sundays. The core courses of MUDP will normally be scheduled in daytime session for the academic year 2017/2018.
Indicative Intake Target 40
Minimum No. of Credits Required 60
Normal Duration of Programme 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.
Programme Leader
Prof S M LO
PhD (Arch) HKU
+852 3442 7683
Associate Programme Leader
Dr Xin LI
PhD (MIT), MUP (UMich), BEc (Renmin U)
+852 3442 4507
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7609 (Phone)
+852 3442 0427 (Fax)
† 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

  1. To enhance existing construction related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  2. To produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  3. To offer a route for further study to graduates of construction related disciplines;
  4. To provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals;
  5. To 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Qualifications other than the above-mentioned will be considered on case-by-case basis and endorsement by the CSE will be sought.
  4. 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 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 China mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

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

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.