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About Master of Urban Design at The University of Hong Kong

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) provides an education in the design of the built environment for an era of uban challenges. Urban design is emerging as a distinct knowledge domain. It is a one-year full-time postgraduate programme offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. The programme attracts a diverse body of local and international students, most with prior backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and transport planning and related disciplines. MUD graduates pursue careers as design professionals and many go on to work in the world's most dynamic metropolises.

The programme focuses on urban design challenges in Asian cities with an emphasis on international perspectives, exploring topics such as high density urbanization, development, health and quality of life, green infrastructure, sustainable mobility, renewable energy, climate change and design thinking. Teaching is informed by cutting edge urban design research and takes full advantage of its location in Hong Kong, a living hyper-density laboratory for urban design. Students acquire urban design skills through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, design studios, design reviews, and local and international field study visits. These are led by academics and practitioners in urban design and related disciplines.

The Master of Urban Design programme is accredited by Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) and the UK's Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) under its specialism scheme. The MUD Programme run over three semesters (equivalent to 1.5 years). The MUD Programme is equivalent to European Master' Degree measured by the European Credit Transfer System (90 ECTS). Upon completing the MUD programme, graduates are entitled to a one-year IANG working visa which can be extended by employers.

For applicants who satisfy admissions criteria for both the MUD and Master of Science in Urban Planning (MUP) programmes, there is the option of applying for admission to both programmes, and completing both degrees in a period of 2½ years, instead of 3. MUP is fully recognized by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

The programme welcomes Asian Bank Development JSP postgraduate scholarship applicants.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate:

a) shall comply with the General Regulations;

b) shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;

c) shall satisfy any other admission requirements which may be prescribed from time to time for the relevant curriculum; and

d) for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to high degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b).

An application for exemption from the above requirements shall be considered on a case by case basis.

What students think about The University of Hong Kong

    My HKU life - Wholesome, Fulfilling and Memorable

    Shivang Singh is a recipient of the HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarship for President’s Scholars. Recently graduated with the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Global Management, Shivang described his university life as wholesome, fulfilling and memorable!

    “HKU provides a vibrant mix of growth opportunities, state-of-the-art resources, and financial support for students to follow their dreams. The balance between academic and extra-curricular activities, bright career prospects, and access to global opportunities have motivated me to come to HKU. Having spent the past 4 years  here, I can confidently say that this was the best decision I made.”

    “I went on an exchange to the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration  in Austria in February 2020. I made a number of friends and travelled to several new places. While I was all set to go backpacking across Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted my plans. That said, exchange was the best part of my university life.”

    Shivang also participated in the IBGM international field trip to Spain and had a wonderful experience. “We studied global businesses through firm visits to listen to presentations by the management. We were able to get into the shoes of the various stakeholders to think, analyse, learn and contribute. Furthermore, the integration of resources such as documentaries, quizzes, and essays in coursework ensured that education was not rote learning but focused on hands-on learning.”

    Upon graduation, Shivang is determined to focus on impact and positive change. “Although I have an offer to work at one of the biggest investment banks, I have decided to return to India to devote myself to public service through mainstream politics. I hope that every single child in my country have equitable access to opportunities that I have at HKU, regardless of their background and status. I will fight against inequalities and disparities in the hope to contribute to my country as well as the world.”

    Shivang Singh

    India

    Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Global Management

    Activities beyond the classroom shape you!

    Claudia Arman is currently an Associate in PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong under One Firm Services, a rotation programme allowing staff to work in different lines of services. "As we are expected to be willing and able to learn new things quickly, being exposed to HKU’s academic culture had helped me in getting used to the fast working pace in Hong Kong."

    During her university life, she got involved in quite a number of non-academic activities. "To name a few, I was a Conductor for Shun Hing College’s Schola Cantorum Choir, the President of an Indonesian Cultural Night, performer for Annual International Music Festivals, and a student volunteer for various causes. Although balancing my studies with these events can be quite challenging, I learned how to manage my priorities and spare time to do what I love. On top of that, I was also building my leadership, public speaking skills and confidence."

    "If I was asked to choose the best moment I had during my college life, it would be my exchange program to The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Not only did it (‘literally’) opened a whole new world for me to explore, but it also taught me life skills that are especially useful in the working environment. Skills like building intercultural relationships and not being afraid to speak and stand up for the right things; these cannot be learned passively but rather need to be experienced. And of course, I was also involved in a non-academic activity where I got to meet my beloved Canadian family: The UBC A Cappella."

    Claudia Arman

    Indonesia

    Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

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