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Geography and Resource Management 地理與資源管理學


Short Description

Our world faces numerous challenges, including globalisation, climate change, resource depletion and environmental pollution. Geography, a long-standing discipline that makes use of a variety of techniques, has demonstrated tremendous flexibility in helping to identify solutions to these challenges. Resource management, particularly in the context of the relationship between mankind and the environment, has always been a focal point of interest and inquiry in geographical studies. Our department strives to pursue the geographical knowledge and effective resource management pertinent to the sustainable development of the human race. Our programme equips students with knowledge and skills of geographical sciences, with an emphasis on integrating different subjects and specialisations. Our curriculum maintains a balance between theories and applications and provides broad and solid training through a wide variety of teaching and learning activities. Students are also educated to cultivate attitudes and values that will enable them to become socially and environmentally responsible citizens in today’s globalised world.

The curriculum has evolved to include four areas of concentrations: (a) Geo-spatial Data Science; (b) Physical Environment and Resource Management; (c) Urban and Regional Development; and (d) Smart Sustainable Cities. We adopt a wide range of teaching and learning activities from the very first year of study, and most of the courses offered by the Department use interactive methods and encourage interactive learning. For example, tutorials, laboratory and field work are adopted to expose students to experiential learning. Field study courses are conducted both locally and outside Hong Kong with students having the option of taking part in field studies in China, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, among other destinations.

In line with the educational values of the University, students graduating from our department will possess broad knowledge which will provide them with diverse employment and career development opportunities. They will also understand the theories and methods of geography and resource management. Graduates will have the ability to keep abreast of the latest socio-economic development and environmental issues.

Furthermore, students will have the ability to adopt a problem-based learning approach to strengthen vital and generic skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, self-managed learning etc., and they will acquire communication skills and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to individual and group work. In the final year of study, students will be required to take a capstone course that involves independent research and a final year thesis. Finally, having gone through the curriculum, students will possess an awareness of the concept and ideology of sustainable development and thus become sensitive to environmental and resource management issues as well as have a global outlook with emphasis on local, regional, and national, and global issues in order to better understand Hong Kong, Mainland China and the world.

For details of the undergraduate curriculum, please click here.

Programme Website


  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
NOTE: The two subjects may include:
(i) 2 elective subjects; or
(ii) 1 elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II.
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:
For Liberal Studies (LS) subject taken in 2023 or before, a Level 2 or above will be considered as “Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development. The LS level will not be considered in the calculation of admission scores.

Note 3:
The two subjects may include:
(i) 2 elective subjects; or
(ii) 1 elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II or Other Language subjects (Grade E or above).
(iii) For Integrated Science or Combined Science subject(s) taken in 2023 or before, a Level 3 or above will be considered as an unspecified elective subject where applicable.

Note 4:
"Attained with Distinction I/II" 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 2024-25 entry will be finalised and posted at the admissions website (

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100




Tel: 852 3943 6532


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 351 264 426 472 419 1932
2022 310 256 397 534 400 1897
2021 289 215 359 453 412 1728
2020 208 197 309 429 405 1548
2019 252 212 368 469 454 1755
2018 192 190 350 470 443 1645
2017 179 169 298 422 418 1486
2016 149 154 296 432 408 1439
2015 259 212 363 556 638 2028
2014 310 214 425 641 705 2295
2013 364 251 480 750 870 2715
2012 432 358 783 1229 1186 3988

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 45 0 0 0 0 45
2022 47 0 0 0 0 47
2021 42 0 0 0 0 42
2020 40 0 0 0 0 40
2019 41 0 0 0 0 41
2018 40 0 0 0 0 40
2017 41 0 0 0 0 41
2016 39 0 0 0 0 39
2015 36 0 0 0 0 36
2014 37 0 0 0 0 37
2013 33 0 0 0 0 33
2012 40 0 0 0 0 40