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Master of Science in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 34083

Faculty of Construction and Environment
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Stream Code

IFM for MSc (Full-time)
IPM for MSc (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

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

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,500 per credit for local and 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)

Programme Leader

Dr XU Yang
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr LIU Xintao
BEng, MSc, PhD


  • Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode. Students should complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. They will be required to attend classes in the daytime and in the evening if they choose the full-time mode.
  • The Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment will be dissolved effective from the 2022/23 academic year.  The programme ownership of the taught postgraduate programmes will be transferred from the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) to relevant academic departments.  The programme requirements and award titles will NOT be affected by this transfer.  The programme codes will however be revised due to operational needs.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

To equip students to cope with challenges and other issues in cities by harnessing the power of informatics, big data and relevant techniques.



The programme focuses on three key areas, namely “Theory and Domain Knowledge”, “Technologies underpin Urban Informatics and Smart Cities” and “The Practice of Urban Informatics and Smart Cities Solutions”.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme will seek accreditation from:

  • The Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP)
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS);
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and
  • The Smart City Consortium.


Programme Structure

Students can choose from a wide range of subjects offered under the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment, each generally requiring one evening class per week over a 13-week semester.


Students must complete 7 subjects with at least 4 Core Subjects, including “Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions”, “Urban Science and Systems”, and “Urban Informatics”, plus a Dissertation. The Dissertation is optional; alternatively, students can choose to complete a Project and one more Core Subject.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects for selection upon registration.

  • Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions
  • Urban Science & Systems
  • Urban Informatics
  • Urban Big Data
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban Planning and Urban Design
  • Dissertation (9 credits)/Project (6 credits)


Subjects on offer are subject to revision.

Entrance Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, technology, or the equivalent.


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:
Dr Yang XU (tel: (852) 2766 5958; email: yang.ls.xu@polyu.edu.hk).