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Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Urban Development

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Stream Code

UFM for MSc (Full-time)
UFP for PgD (Full-time) 
UPM for MSc (Part-time) 
UPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MSc,
21 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

For local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)
For non-local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$4,500 per credit for local students
HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Yang Hong-Xing


This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This postgraduate programme is designed to cut across the traditional boundaries among management, surveying, engineering and environmental sciences to take a broad view of the subject. The primary aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of sustainable urban development.



This programme provides up-to-date knowledge in sustainable urban development based on contemporary research findings. It is suitable for local, Chinese mainland and international planners, surveyors, environmental practitioners, consultancy professionals, engineers, government officers, business managers and graduates from relevant courses.

Recognition & Prospects

The programme has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Programme Structure

This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their study either in a full-time mode or a part-time mode. Students must complete Compulsory Subjects and selected Core Subjects. They can select Elective Subjects from a wide range of subjects that are offered across several faculties in the University.

Students must complete 30 credits through two alternative approaches:

  • ​Approach A: 4 Compulsory Subjects + 3 Core Subjects + 3 Elective Subjects
  • Approach B: 4 Compulsory Subjects + 3 Core Subjects + a Dissertation


(Unless specified otherwise, each subject carries 3 credits, and the Dissertation carries 9 credits.)


 * Students are advised to complete all Compulsory Subjects in their first year of study.

Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of Compulsory and Core subjects

Compulsory Subjects

  • ​Urban Planning & Urban Design
  • Development Finance & Investment
  • Sustainability & the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Development & Environmental Planning

Core Subjects

  • ​Project Appraisal
  • Real Estate Development
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Engineering Intelligent Buildings
  • Noise & Vibration in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Urban Transport Planning - Theory & Practice^
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Principles of GIS
  • Urban Informatics*
  • Social Impact Assessment


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/study-at-fce/taught-postgraduate-programmes.


^ This subject has been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses. Details can be found at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef.

* Subject to approval

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree with Honours relevant to construction, real estate, urban planning, architecture, environmental science or equivalent qualifications (including recognised professional qualifications).


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. H.X. Yang (tel: (852) 2766 5863; email: hong-xing.yang@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.