Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning
Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning
Award Title
Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design and Regional Planning
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 2 years (full-time)
- 4 years (part-time)

Maximum Period of Study

- 5 years (full-time)
- 10 years (part-time/combined mode)

Credit Units Required for Graduation

Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning – 60 credit units
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design and Regional Planning – 36 credit units

Programme Aims

  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.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
  1. Review and evaluate in-depth knowledge of urban design and regional planning;
  2. Interpret and comply with legal aspects of building and urban design and regional planning;
  3. Develop comfort, convenience and safety planning of the built environment to meet the society’s needs;
  4. Develop research approach to solve problems in the various areas in building and urban design performance;
  5. Appraise the professional practice for urban design and regional planning and the corresponding regulations and code of practice.

Programme Requirements

1. Programme Core Courses (36 Credit Units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA5217Environmental Economics, Planning, and Policy3
CA5136Foundation Studio for Values and Fundamentals in Design and Planning3
CA5137Urban Design Studio6
CA5240Urban Design and Regional Planning History, Theory and Practice3
CA6220Urban Economics and Regional Planning3
CA6138Advanced Urban Design Studio6
CA6139Research Methods and Thesis Development Seminar for Design and Planning3
CA6140Thesis Studio for Design and Planning6
CA6318Planning Practice, Law, and Ethics in Hong Kong3

2. Programme Electives (24 Credit Units)

• Students must take at least one course in each category.
• Students may take other courses offered by ACE Department with the programme leader’s prior approval.
Foundation (required courses for students who have not completed similar courses)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA5146Quantitative Method and Analysis for Planning3
Category (1): Environmental Planning and Design
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA6242Sustainable Urban Development3
CA6243Resources and Environment Management3
CA6828Built/Natural Environmental Harmony3
Category (2): Globalization and Regional Planning
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA5218Financing Urban Development3
CA5219Globalization and Economic Development3
CA6223Property Economics3
CA6149Institutional Theories and Strategic Planning Process3
Category (3): Housing and Community Development
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA5109Real Estate Investment in China3
CA5147Housing and Community Development3
POL5701Comparative and International Housing Policy3
POL5702International Housing Finance and Economics3
POL5703Contemporary Issues of Housing Management in Hong Kong and Mainland China3
POL6805Housing Management, Local Politics and Public Relations3
Category (4): Spatial Planning and Design
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CA5236Transportation and Land Planning3
CA5239Building and Urban Conservation3
CA5148Site Planning and Analysis3
CA6241Geographic Data Management and Planning Analysis3

Additional Information

  • For courses set with pre-cursor(s), ACE Department requires that all students must have attempted (including class attendance, coursework submission and examination) the precursor course(s) so identified.
  • Where courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, to pass a course, students must obtain minimum marks of 30% in both coursework and examination components, and an overall mark of at least 40%.
  • The teaching schedules of some courses offered in Summer Term may start a few weeks earlier than the normal University schedule; students are advised to check the teaching schedules with the Course Leaders before registering for the courses.
  • Students who have successfully completed 36 credit units with a CGPA of 2.0 or above and elected not to pursue for the Master's degree are eligible for applying the intermediate award of Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design and Regional Planning.