Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities
Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001
Duration & Credit Requirement
IFM for MSc (Full-time)
IFP for PgD (Full-time)
IPM for MSc (Part-time)
IPP for PgD (Part-time)
1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
30 for MSc,
21 for PgD
For local students
For non-local students
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.
Dr XU Yang
BSc, MSc, PhD
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr WU Bo
BEng, MSc, PhD, MRICS
- Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, they should normally be able to 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.
- This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.
Aims & Characteristics
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.
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.
For the MSc
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.
For the PgD
Students must complete 7 subjects with at least 4 Core Subjects, including “Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions”, “Urban Science and Systems” and “Urban Informatics.
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.
- 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.