Master of Arts in Housing Studies
Master of Arts in Housing Studies
Award Title
Master of Arts in Housing Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 1 year (full-time)
- 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Period of Study

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

Credit Units Required for Graduation


Programme Aims

The 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.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  1. identify existing and emerging institutional and organizational framework of housing management in Hong Kong and the Region;
  2. outline the housing management practice in Hong Kong and the Region as well as to generate new perspectives of  such practice in the light of new trends in housing management;
  3. apply the knowledge of modern management practice in analyzing the existing and to experiment on new operations of housing organizations;
  4. integrate the knowledge they acquired in the programme, in the legal, social, physical and management aspects, into their duties as a housing manager and to derive new approaches in practice; and
  5. present their ideas clearly, systematically and critically, both in verbal and written forms.

Programme Requirements

1. Programme Core Courses: (27 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
LW5957Legal Studies for the Built Environment3
POL5701Comparative and International Housing Policy3
POL5702International Housing Finance and Economics3
POL5703Contemporary Issues of Housing Management in Hong Kong and Mainland China3
POL5704Building Services Systems and Maintenance for Housing Managers3
POL6800Contemporary Management for Housing Managers3
POL6802Advanced Housing Practice (and Residential)3
POL6803Research Methods for Housing Studies2
POL6804MAHS Capstone Project4

2. Programme Electives: (3 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
CA5147Housing and Community Development3
CA5239Building and Urban Conservation3
CA6609Green Building, Architecture and People3
CA6828Built/Natural Environmental Harmony3
COM5101Communication Fundamentals3
COM5106Integrated Marketing Communication3
COM5107Professional Communication Skills3
FB6603Consumer Behaviour3
FB6622Services Marketing3
IS5540Project Management and Quality Assurance3
LW6401Dispute Resolution in Theory and Practice3
LW6405Arbitration Law3
MS5223Project Management3
POL5000POL Postgraduate Internship3Exclusive for full-time POL postgraduate students
POL5503Urban Life and Culture3
POL5504The Asian Metropolis: Issues in Urban Management3
POL6101International Public Management3
POL6501Urban Development and Sustainable Cities3
POL6502Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy3
POL6805Housing Management, Local Politics and Public Relations3

3. Accreditation by Professional / Statutory Bodies 

Chartered Institute of Housing
Hong Kong Institute of Housing

4. Additional Information:

Intermediate Awards Required Courses Total Credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies
at least 21 credits of core courses (POL6803 and POL6804 excluded), and at least 3 elective credits 24
Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies
at least 9 credits of core courses, and plus at least 3 core/elective credits 12

The Department has a preset schedule on course offerings in different semesters. Not all the courses will be offered in each semester. Students who resume their studies upon their leave of absence may not be able to take the course(s) required for graduation in the semester immediately after their leave of absence. The Department is not obliged to offer substitute courses for these students. In order for them to graduate “on time”, students have the responsibility to plan well ahead for their studies.