Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 May 2024

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Students are expected to attend classes in the weekday daytimes (occasionally, at evenings, on Saturdays or Sundays). The courses (including the core courses) of the programme may be scheduled in weekday daytime session for the academic year 2024-2025.

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 2 years (4 semesters);
Part-time: 4 years (8 semesters)

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 10 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 Gianni TALAMINI
+852 3442 7618
+852 3442 0427
Admissions Officer
Prof Xin LI
PhD (MIT), MUP (UMich), BEc (Renmin U)
+852 3442 4507
+852 3442 0427
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7609
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Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to:

1. enhance existing construction related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning;

2. produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning;

3. offer a route for further study to graduates of construction related disciplines;

4. provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals;

5. train/equip students with the skills for carrying out research works in various related disciplines.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have one of the following criteria to be eligible for admission:

  1. Applicants should have a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline, or obtained an equivalent qualification or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose to the University. Preference for admission is given to individuals who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences, humanities and engineering, especially for those who have architecture, planning, civil engineering, surveying and construction related training.
  2. The admission committee will consider prospective students’ ability and eagerness to be a professional in the discipline of urban planning and design rather than whether their previous experiences relate to urban planning and design.
  3. Qualifications other than the above-mentioned will be considered on case-by-case basis and endorsement by the College of Engineering will be sought.
  4. Applicants without the specified academic qualifications may still be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if they are able to present exceptionally good alternative qualifications and possess substantial technical and management experiences.

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 of 450 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (CET-6); 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 start 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

Each student must satisfactorily complete at least 60 credit units before Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning is awarded. The total 60 credit units comprise two parts, namely the core courses (24 credits) and elective courses (36 credits). Reference should be made to the programme document and the student handbook for the criteria of choosing electives. The curriculum includes six key areas in urban planning and design:

  • Planning and Design Studio
  • History and Theory
  • Urban Economics and Development
  • Advanced Technology
  • Practice and Law
  • Research
Professional Accreditation

RICS approved to grant accreditation for the programme from 2014/2015 academic year.

HKIS approved the programme as a cognate degree programme for admission to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Scheme leading to professional membership under the Planning & Development Division of the HKIS. 

HKIUD approved to grant accreditation for the programme for a period of 5 years commencing 21 September 2022.

The Department will explore the possibility of seeking professional accreditation of the programme by relevant professional institutes.

Credit Unit Transfer

In general, application for credit unit transfer is normally not entertained. In case an application is considered fully justified by the Head of Department, the courses for transfer must be taken from master programme by the student within 3 years from the date of application of this transfer exercise. This arrangement does not apply to students registering for another stream after graduation from one stream. Criteria for granting credit unit transfer include the level, the duration and the content of the course.

Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following the student’s admission, before the deadline set by the University. Applications for credit transfer for outside work completed after admission to the University must be made immediately in the semester following attainment of the additional qualification.

Please observe the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees (including remarks) under Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies website (www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs) before accept the offer.

Portfolio is not a compulsory document for application. If applicants would like to submit it as supplementary document, please prepare the portfolio in PDF format and a maximum of 1MB.