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The University of Hong Kong

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

BA(US)

Short Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies [BA(US)] is an interdisciplinary, studio-based and professionally-oriented programme offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design. It is designed to equip you with a wide range of knowledge about cities and city systems that provides an essential basis for a variety of urban professions. 

Our programme therefore places a strong emphasis on understanding the dynamics of cities and systems of cities; and the way public policy, urban management and design interventions interact positively and negatively with the spontaneous social and economic processes that make up city life. We place importance on research, applied statistical analysis, observation and communication, and introduce you to theories and methods, design thinking and design skills during the four years of study. Through integrated problem-based learning, you will analyse urban problems from multiple perspectives and propose appropriate policy, regulatory, design and other interventions. Upon graduation, you will acquire skills in spatial analysis that allow you to investigate the urban economy, society and environment, and become an expert in understanding how land, property development, government policy and laws shape cities. 

The BA(US) curriculum is aligned to prepare students to become professional surveyors in the planning and development stream of the surveying profession, and more generally, future global urban leaders. You will apply your knowledge to urban issues in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Overseas student exchange programmes and professional training through internships are strongly encouraged in the programme. 

Our BA(US) graduates may go on to become professional urban planners after pursuing our Master of Science in Urban Planning, Hong Kong’s only professional postgraduate degree programme in planning accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). You can also continue your studies in other professional postgraduate programmes in urban analytics, urban design, housing management, transport policy and planning, landscape architecture, conservation, environment and real estate, at HKU or other local/overseas universities.

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Programme Website

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING, OTHER LANGUAGE) 3
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING)3 3
Or
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING, OTHER LANGUAGE) 3
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3

Remark:

  1. "Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education” is referred to as “HKDSE”.
  2. "Attained with Distinction" obtained prior to 2018, or "Attained with Distinction (I)" or "Attained with Distinction (II)" obtained in or after 2018, in Applied Learning subjects (other than Applied Learning Chinese) 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 2022-23 exercise will be finalized at a later stage, which will be posted on our website https://www.hku.hk/dse.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

Faculty of Architecture

Email: dupad@hku.hk

Tel: 3917-2721

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2021 66 69 129 188 191 643
2020 83 63 146 225 259 776
2019 119 78 155 259 280 891
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
2021 24 0 0 0 0 24
2020 22 0 0 0 0 22
2019 21 0 0 0 0 21
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
Footnote(s)
# As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places are still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places shown above is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.