Master of Arts in Housing Studies

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Brief Description

(Suspension of admission from the 2021 entry)

This programme has consolidated with the MA in Urban Management, and be retitled MA in Housing and Urban Management from 2021 onwards.

Candidates who are interested in Housing Studies are recommended to apply for the MA in Housing and Urban Management – Housing Stream for the 2021 entry.

"…the program is proceeding very well and achieving a very good standard…If all CityU programs were as well run and as unproblematic as this program the university should consider itself blessed", Professor Terry Burke and Ms. Lai-chun Wong, former External Academic Advisors.

The MAHS programme offers a unique integration of theories as well as practices related to the field of housing management. It targets both local and non-local students who are aspiring to build a professional career in housing. Comprising both academics and senior practitioners, the teaching team specialises in a wide range of professional competencies. Through the courses in the programme, students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in the field, and are provided with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.

"Overall, I am firmly of the view that the programme meets international standard of content, delivery and assessment", Dr. Johnnie Chan, Deputy External Academic Advisor.

Programme Aims & Objectives

The programme is designed to meet the educational requirements of the professional accreditation of the Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Courses are offered by various departments of CityU. The curriculum aims at equipping students with a multi-disciplinary based professional knowledge. The aims of the programme are:

  1. To train professional housing managers for both the public and private housing sectors in Hong Kong and the Region;
  2. To equip graduates with a thorough understanding of the social, political, economic, legal and physical institutions within the context of housing management; and
  3. To 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 Structure

The degree will be awarded upon the completion of at least 30 credits units which include the Capstone Project. Students who complete 24 credit units (without the courses POL6803 Research Methods for Housing Studies and POL6804 MAHS Capstone Project) can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Students who complete 12 credit units will be awarded a postgraduate certificate. Students will be assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and projects. Students may choose full time mode to complete the programme in one year or Part time mode to finish the programme in two years. The average study load per year for part time students is 15 credit units, spread over semester A, B and Summer Term.

Professional recognition

The programme has already obtained full recognition from the HKIH and CIH. Upon completion of the practical experience requirements of the respective professional bodies, graduates will be eligible for admission as a corporate member of the two institutes.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must

  • Hold a bachelor´s degree from a recognized university; OR
  • Have obtained an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide evidence of academic or professional attainment acceptable for this purpose by the University
  • AND satisfy English proficiency requirements stipulated by the University if your undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English.

Information for Current Students

Information for Current Students (sign in required)

Further Information & Contacts

Acting Programme Leader: Dr Jun WANG


Tel: (852) 3442 8917
Fax: (852) 3442 0413