MA Urban Management

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Daytime in Weekdays and Saturdays

Normal Study Period

Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2 years)

Maximum Study Period

Full-time (2.5 years) or Part-time (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
MUP, MPA, PhD (University of Amsterdam)
Admissions Officer
PhD (HKU), B.Arch (Tongji), Registered Architect (Class I, PRC), HKIA qualification
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8932
Programme Aims and Objectives

This program aims to prepare students with the essential theoretical and methodological tools to become an urban professional. It will equip students with the knowledge, analytic approaches and skills to understand and critically evaluate theories and practices of urban management - both in the region and internationally.

On completion of the master in urban management, graduates will be able to:

  1. recognise the major theoretical approaches to urban policy and practices of urban management in the region and beyond;
  2. apply the analytic and research skills acquired in the programme in devising new understanding of the practices of urban management;
  3. conduct independent interrogation of practices in urban management and generate innovative solutions in improving practices;
  4. identify and reflect the social and cultural norms and dimensions of urban management practices across countries; and
  5. present their ideas clearly and systematically, both in verbal and written forms.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master in Urban Management programme, an applicant must satisfy the General Entrance requirements:

  1. Hold a recognized bachelor’s degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  2. Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

(a)        A score of 580 (paper-based test) or 66 (revised paper-delivered test) or 92 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
(b)       An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or
(c)        A score of 490 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland; or
(d)       Other equivalent qualifications


Course Description

Programme Core Courses (21 Credits)
Three electives in one of the three study streams (9 credits)

Programme Core Courses (21 Credits)

  1. Understanding the Modern Metropolis
  2. Urban Finance and Budgeting
  3. Urban Life and Culture
  4. The Asian Metropolis: Issues in Urban Management
  5. Research Methods for Urban Managers
  6. The Urban Management Workshop: Exploring the Contemporary City
  7. MAUM Capstone Project

Electives^ (9 Credits)
(Three courses from one chosen study stream)

  1. Housing Stream
  2. Governance Stream
  3. Smart Cities Stream

^All applicants are required to indicate their preferred study stream at the time of application.  While the University tries to accommodate applicants' preference as far as possible, applicants’ allocation to their first choice is not guaranteed.  The University reserves the right to suspend a study stream in case of under-enrolment.

Bonus Features

The programme is designed for fresh graduates from local and overseas universities as well as early-career professionals from the fields of urban management in government institutions and agencies, NGOs and business enterprises. Graduates from this programme are expected to enter into or to continue their services with public and private agencies involving in urban management or to continue further study for professional or higher academic qualifications.

There are opportunities for students to engage in optional and self-funded internship to local or overseas organizations or self-directed study trip overseas in helping students to acquire first-hand experience in urban management.

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.