P35
MA Housing Studies
文學碩士(房屋學)

Year of Entry

2019

Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2019

Mode of Study

Combined

Mode of Funding

Non-government-funded

Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies

Indicative Intake Target

60

Minimum No. of Credits Required

30

Class Schedule

Selected weekday evenings and summer blocks

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 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 Director
Prof N M YIP
Admissions Officer
Dr Xiaoling ZHANG
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8917
Outline
Programme Aims and Objectives

This 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.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent.

Priority will be given to those applying with relevant work experience and those who can provide evidence of academic or professional attainment acceptable for this purpose by the University. 

In addition, you must also satisfy the English proficiency requirements stipulated by the University if your undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English.

 

Credit-transfer for relevant courses will be granted on an individual basis provided that these courses fulfill the necessary requirements as stipulated in the Academic Regulations, that is, a maximum of 9 credits for Master of Arts in Housing Studies (MAHS) degree and 7 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD).

 

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:

  • Score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

 

Course Description

The programme is taught in part-time evening/block mode over 6 semesters, including 2 summer semesters (normally 24 months). Classes are usually be conducted on selected weekday evenings or block teachings in summer.

 

All students are first admitted to the MAHS programme (30 credits units). Students who have successfully completed 24 credits units (excluding the MAHS Capstone Project and Research Methods for Housing Studies) as prescribed in the syllabus are eligible to apply for graduation as PGD as an exit.

 

The programme comprises of 9 core housing courses and a flexible list of elective courses.

 

The Core Courses are:

  • Advanced Housing Practice (and Residential)

  • Building Service Systems and Maintenance for Housing Managers
  • MAHS Capstone Project

  • Comparative and International Housing Policy

  • Contemporary Issues of Housing Management in Hong Kong and Mainland China

  • International Housing Finance and Economics

  • Legal Studies for the Built Environment

  • Research Methods for Housing Studies

  • Contemporary Management for Housing Managers

The list of electives may change from year to year depending on the most current needs of the students and the profession.

Professional Accreditation

The programme has already obtained full recognition from the Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). The two institutes are regarded as partners in the educational process. Upon completion of the practical experience requirements and passing of examinations prescribed by professional bodies, graduates will be eligible for admission as corporate members of the HKIH and the CIH. Corporate members of HKIH and CIH are eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Housing Manager.

Remarks:
Internship arrangement for the programme is optional.
† 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.