The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, BA(US), program is offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD) that has over 30 years of experience in post-graduate training in urban studies and planning in the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP) which was established in 1981 and restructured to the present department in 2008. Its MSc (Urban Planning) program is the only recognized professional education program by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Hong Kong,
BA(US) is multi-disciplinary and studio-based with emphasis on design and multi-media communication skills and problem-based learning projects which equip students to become professionals in the built environment who can approach any problem from multiple perspectives. It will enable students to understand and face the challenges associated with cities and urban development in Hong Kong, China, and the world. It is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) in the Division of Planning and Development (http://www.hkis.org.hk/pdd/en/) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (http://www.rics.org).
In addition, the program will enable 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 will do an independent research project on contemporary urban issues. As the field has an international scope, study abroad is encouraged, and there is an element of professional training through internships.