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The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Urban Studies 城市研究


Short Description

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies programme is designed to allow students to explore the complexities and challenges of the rapidly evolving urban world, global urbanisation processes and various strands of urbanism. The programme encourages students to reflect on the socio-integrated policy-making, planning, design and management. In addition to the active learning of urban development theories, the rigorous application of skills and techniques to urban analysis and a contextual understanding of the world’s best sustainable urban practices, students are required to develop expertise in a particular area of concentration. Through their selection of concentration courses and a thesis or research project, students specialise in one of three areas: urban planning and design, the urban environment, or urban policy and governance.

The Urban Studies programme is jointly organised by the Department of Geography and Resource Management and the School of Architecture, with strong input from urban-studies-related courses offered by various departments in the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Arts. The curriculum is designed to be inter-disciplinary, theoretically and scientifically solid and professionally attractive for achieving the following objectives:

  • To help students understand major challenges of global urbanisation processes such as resources depletion, environmental degradation, climate change, population migration, social polarisation and poverty issues;
  • To teach students to appreciate the existing environments of urban space and places to understand the contested processes of social interaction;
  • To equip students with a solid knowledge foundation in frontier urban research and development;
  • To provide students with exceptional insights in urban history, cultural roots, and metropolitan perspectives in Hong Kong and Mainland China;
  • To equip the students with the understanding of the relationships between the socio-economic context and physical fabric of urban conditions and develop basic skills in urban and environmental planning and design, together with urban policy making and governance;
  • To train students as future leaders in the urban world with cutting–edge knowledge on related issues; and
  • To prepare students for work in a wide range of fields as diverse as urban design and planning, environmental protection and management, property development, public policy and social enterprise domains.

The Urban Studies programme contains four basic components:

  • Faculty Package
  • Basic Knowledge
    • Foundation courses: Introduction to Urban Planning; Urban Sustainability; Urban Economic Studies; Urban Design and Place Making; Studies of Cities in Comparative Perspective; and Essentials of the Land Development Process 
    • Methodology and Statistics courses
    • Field Studies: Field Studies I and Field Studies II
  • Specialisation
    • Concentration courses (choose one concentration)
      • Urban Planning and Design
      • Urban Environment
      • Urban Policy and Governance
    • Capstone course: a thesis or project related to one of the above areas of concentration
  • Elective Courses

For the structure of the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, please click here.


  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
NOTE: The two subjects may include:
(i) 2 New Senior Secondary elective subjects; or
(ii) 1 New Senior Secondary elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II.

The programme accepts specific Applied Learning course(s) with "Attained with Distinction" as an extra elective subject.
Please refer to for details.
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

Note 1
Applicants with very special circumstances may be granted waivers of this requirement on a case-by-case basis. For details, please click here.

Note 2:
The two subjects may include:
(i) 2 New Senior Secondary elective subjects#; or
(ii) 1 New Senior Secondary elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II.    

#Other Language subjects (Grade E or above) will be considered as an unspecified elective subject in fulfilling (i) above.

Note 3:

"Attained with Distinction" in Applied Learning subjects will be accepted by some programmes as an extra subject for awarding bonus points. For details, please click here.     

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

Most programmes offered by CUHK consider the best results in the same subject taken by a candidate in more than one sitting of HKDSE.  Some programmes may have specific arrangements and the admission scores of candidates seeking admission on the strength of results from more than one sitting of HKDSE may be adjusted.  Details of calculation of scores in more than one sitting of HKDSE for the 2018-19 entry will be finalised and posted at the admissions website (

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Ms. Grace Cheung


Tel: 39435100


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 103 90 203 404 367 1167
2016 93 109 246 372 408 1228
2015 199 165 339 523 676 1902
2014 81 112 229 447 537 1406
2013 98 115 292 486 620 1611
2012 100 149 325 628 775 1977

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2017 21 0 0 0 0 21
2016 15 0 0 0 0 15
2015 16 0 0 0 0 16
2014 16 0 0 0 0 16
2013 17 0 0 0 0 17
2012 16 0 0 0 0 16
(1) These are indicative admission quotas, which are subject to adjustment. 
(2) For latest information on interviews for 2018 entry, please visit