Faculty of Architecture
Urban Studies
Offered As: Minor
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*Open to students of other Faculties:
Credits: 36
What is it about? The Urban Studies Programme is offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the University of Hong Kong, designed for students who have an interest in exploring urban issues in both Hong Kong and beyond. Aiming to train students into future professionals of the built environment, this interdisciplinary programme enables students to investigate deeply and broadly into the nature and dynamics of cities and be proficiently equipped with skills and techniques for urban analysis at different geographical scales. Upon graduation, students shall be able to resolve urbanisation challenges in Hong Kong, China and internationally from multiple perspectives and with viable and innovative responses in urban planning, design and management.
Offering Faculty/ Department/ School/Institute Department of Urban Planning and Design


Pre-requisite requirements and/or other conditions for declaring the major/minor For details, please check with Department of Urban Planning and Design.
Career opportunities Students who have successfully completed the degree of BA(UrbanStud) can become professional surveyors in planning and development of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS) in the UK. They can also become professional urban planners if they continue with the Master of Science in Urban Planning program, the only program in Hong Kong recognized by Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) of the UK. In addition to obtaining a multi-disciplinary educational foundation for success in any field, graduates are also well prepared and eligible for the post-graduate professional programs in urban planning, urban design, housing management, landscape architecture, conservation, real estate, and transport policy and planning offered by the University of Hong Kong and other universities abroad if they choose to pursue a related professional career. Like similar urban studies programs at highly-ranked universities in the United States and United Kingdom, graduates can further pursue MPhil and PhD studies and also work in the private and public sectors related to urban planning and design, land development, urban management, housing management, transport, urban renewal, conservation, and public policy. Undergraduate education in urban studies does not only limit graduates to work in a discipline of the built environment. The analytical and design skills developed in the program will prepare students for a successful career in almost any field. The multi-disciplinary characteristics of the program and the multi-dimension nature of urban issues will produce graduates who can approach problems from multiple perspectives.
For further information, please check with Department of Urban Planning and Design or CEDARS (Careers & Placement)
Further information Please check with Department of Urban Planning and Design.
Contact T: 3917-2721
E: dupad@hku.hk
* Note: Students pursuing curricula with major / minor programme(s) must complete at least one major programme from their home Faculties upon graduation. Disclaimer: The information mainly applies to students admitted in 2023-24 and thereafter. For students from different cohorts, the information is only for reference. Please check with Faculty/offering department for details. The pre-requisite requirements / conditions are subject to changes by Faculties from time to time, and students are advised to check with their Faculty Office in case of doubt.