MA Housing and Urban Management

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 May 2024
Non-local : 30 Apr 2024

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Housing and Urban Management

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


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 Leader
Prof Jun Wang
Admissions Tutor
Prof Wanyang Hu (Housing Stream)
Admissions Tutor
Prof Liang Dong (Urban Management Stream)
General Enquiries
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to:

  1. train professional housing and urban managers for both the public and private 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 and urban 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, an applicant 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.

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:

  • a score of 79 (Internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of the Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period.
# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.


Course Description

The programme is offered in a combined mode (both full-time and part-time students are welcome). Full-time students should be able to complete the programme in one year, while part-time students shall complete the programme in two years. Most courses of the Housing Stream are offered on weekday evenings, while most courses of the Urban Management Stream are offered in the daytime on weekdays. Some courses might be arranged on occasional weekends.

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

Programme Core Courses (15 Credit Units)

  • Comparative and International Housing and Urban Policy
  • Finance and Economics in Housing and Urban Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in Housing and Urban Management
  • Research Methods for Housing and Urban Management
  • MAHUM Capstone Project

Stream Core Courses (12 Credit Units)

1. Housing Stream
2. Urban Management Stream

Stream Electives (3 Credit Units)


Credit Unit Transfer

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 and Urban Management (MAHUM) degree and 7 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD).

Professional Accreditation

The Housing Stream of this programme has sought 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.

As the recognition has been given, graduates of the Housing Stream will be eligible for admission as corporate members of the HKIH and the CIH upon completion of the practical experience requirements and passing of examinations prescribed by professional bodies. The Housing Stream of this programme has already been recognised by the Property Management Services Authority as meeting the academic qualification for the tier 1 property management practitioners. Corporate members of HKIH and CIH are eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Housing Manager.

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.

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.