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.