Programme Structure

The MScUDT programme curriculum provides a unique balance blending theoretical, analytical, and design studio courses. The urban theory courses introduce inter-disciplinary theories of urban design, transport, and urban planning policies. The analytical courses introduce urban science quantitative approaches, machine learning methods and novel behavioural network science analysis and tools for evidence-based urban design and transport policy design. The design studio courses provide students with opportunities to integrate through design thinking the acquired knowledge, analytics, skills, and techniques to engage with the complexity of urban transitioning of communities. The capstone experience emulates professional situation, where research about urban design, placemaking, mobilities, accessibility inform, in parallel, an urban design thesis project and thus expose the student to the challenging issue of behavioural and analytics knowledge translation into visioning and communication of policy evolution proposition, area action plan, urban design and placemaking across spatial scales. This programme equips graduate with know-what, design thinking know-how, research, and analytic skills for a broad spectrum of careers across the urban planning, transport, and urban design industries, leading consulting firms in urban planning, urban design, transport, and infrastructure, serving as bridge between engineering, urban design, and urban planning.

During the two academic years of study in the programme, students are expected to complete a minimum of 120 credits of courses, including core courses, two studio courses and one research dissertation and urban design project thesis.

Core Courses (Compulsory)

  • Morphologies and Urban Design Theories (6 credits)
  • Programming and Foundations in Urban Analysis (6 credits)
  • Planning Future Cities and Regions (6 credits)
  • Spatial Mobilities Analytics (6 credits)
  • Spatial Planning Analytics (6 credits)
  • Research Methods and Techniques (6 credits)
  • Survey and Data Analysis in Transport Studies (6 credits)
  • Transport Network Analysis and Modelling (6 credits)
  • Strategic and New Town Urban Design Studio (12 credits)
  • Public Transport Interchange Urban Design Studio* (12 credits)

Dissertation/Capstone experience

  • Research Dissertation and Urban Design & Transport Thesis Project (30 credits)

Studio is a mix of lecture/seminar/workshop, field visits, tutorials, and urban design & transport design reviews. Studio is led by a course lead, organized in group of 1 tutor/8-9 students. Studio combines group tutorial/work and individual tutorial/work.

The Research Dissertation – Urban Design and Transport Thesis Project is individual and led by the student with a supervisor.

* The studio includes an international field study visit.

Elective Courses (6 credits) ** (Choose three)

  • Optimization Techniques for Transport Applications
  • Behavioral Travel Demand Modelling
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Public Transport Systems
  • Transport Economics
  • Planning, Managing and Financing the Development Process
  • Planning Practice, Law and Ethics in Hong Kong
  • Land and Real Estate Markets: Smart Governance, Finance and Business Models
  • GIS and Smart Technology in Spatial Planning
  • Housing, Planning, and Sustainability
  • Housing Economics
  • International Housing Policies and Practices
  • Transitional Cities: Urban and Housing Development


**Course titles may vary at the time of offer.

Selection of elective courses is subject to availability and approval.