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The University of Hong Kong


Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies 文學士(城市研究)


Short Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies BA(US) programme is offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD), which has more than 35 years of experience in postgraduate training in urban studies and planning; it was established as the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP) in 1981 and restructured to the present department in 2008.  Its MSc (Urban Planning) programme is the only professional-education programme recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

BA(US) is multidisciplinary and studio-based with emphasis on design, multimedia communication skills and problem-based learning projects, equipping students to become professionals in the built environment who can approach any problem from multiple perspectives.  It enables students to understand and face the challenges associated with cities and urban development in Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world.  Graduates can become Planning and Development Surveyors of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) ( and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (

The programme also enables students to acquire broad knowledge of issues and methods in urban studies, including urban planning and design, urban policy and management, land development, real-estate economics, sustainability, community development, public participation, urban renewal, conservation and place making.  In the final year, students undertake an independent research project on contemporary urban issues.  As the field has international scope, study abroad is encouraged, and there is professional training through internships.


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  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level


  1. "Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education” is referred to as “HKDSE”.
  2. "Attained with Distinction” in Applied Learning subjects will be used as additional supporting information. In the meantime, student learning experiences in Applied Learning subjects may be considered within the context of other learning experiences in their application.
  3. Other Language subjects will be used as unspecified elective subjects. The minimum requirement is Grade E.

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

In general, most of the programmes offered by HKU consider the best results achieved by candidates in different combination of sittings, except for a few programmes which only consider the latest results.  Few programmes may also impose a penalty on HKDSE repeaters.  The policy on the calculation of scores in combined sittings of HKDSE for the 2019-20 exercise will be finalized at a later stage, which will be posted on our website

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Faculty of Architecture


Tel: 3917-2721


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2018 73 75 162 278 263 851
2017 102 84 155 286 289 916
2016 102 87 180 240 293 902
2015 105 55 170 282 356 968
2014 75 76 143 268 337 899
2013 127 126 300 474 590 1617
2012 50 75 155 285 324 889

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2018 19 0 0 0 0 19
2017 19 0 0 0 0 19
2016 19 0 0 0 0 19
2015 16 0 0 0 0 16
2014 18 0 0 0 0 18
2013 14 0 0 0 0 14
2012 12 0 0 0 0 12
(1) As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.