The Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) programme provides students with foundational knowledge of the methods, technologies and related theories in smart city design and environmental design analytics. Through multidisciplinary education and practices in the design and management of smart cities and city resilience, SED will enhance students’ understanding of the complexity of the challenges in achieving urban sustainability and environmental resiliency and broadening their appreciation of the possibilities and constraints in design, technology, management and strategic policy at multiple scales.

The curriculum comprises of 6 core courses (36 credits), 2 capstone dissertation courses (12 credits) and 2 elective courses (12 credits), leading to a 1-year full-time and 2-year part-time study (totaling 60 credits). The courses include:

  • Bioclimatic Building Design
  • Innovation and Smart Technology for Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Simulation and Performance Assessment Tools
  • Dissertation Part 1
  • Green Building Assessment and Climate Responsive Design
  • City Risk and Resilience: Emerging Planning Theories and Practices
  • Designing for a Changing Climate
  • Dissertation Part 2
  • Environmental Policy and Management for Megacities
  • Life Cycle Assessment and Net-Zero Carbon Emission

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year) and Part Time (two years)

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants shall possess a degree of bachelor’s degree with honours in architecture, engineering, surveying, environmental science, geography, or related fields; or an equivalent qualification from another university or comparable institution accepted for this purpose; preferably a professional qualification in the architecture, building engineering, surveying or related fields; and satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

Applicants whose first degree was not taught in English need to demonstrate competency in the English language in accordance with the General Regulations.

Information on the MSc(SED) program and on application for admission to the HKU MSc(SED) program, can be found on the HKU and Faculty of Architecture websites: