The global world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Urban and environmental studies are of prominent significance in China and are particularly important for Shenzhen and the Greater Bay Area, one of the world’s fastest growing metropolitan regions. There has been an increasing demand of well-trained professionals who possess a deep understanding of multiple dimensions of urban development issues in China and the global world. This programme is designed for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in the broad area of urban studies, with research focuses on urban policy and governance, urban environment and resource management, urban data and analytics, and urban sustainability. It aims to strengthen students’ knowledge in related subjects and train them to conduct interdisciplinary analysis and independent research, with critical and creative capability. Applicants should have an educational background in urban and regional planning, land resource management, public policy/administration, sociology, economics, geography, political science, sustainable development, and other related social science disciplines.

 

 

Course Groupings Streams
MPhil PhD
  Pre-Candidacy Period
I. Lecture Courses: Group A (Required) Units
URB5020 Urban Economics 3 3
URB5040 Statistics for Social Science 3 3
URB6010 Advanced Seminar on Urban Studies and Policy 3 3
URB6020 Social Science Research Methods and Design 3 3
II. Lecture Courses: Group B (Elective)    
PUB5420 Political Economy of Transition and Economic Development

 

9

(three courses from the group)

 

15

(five courses from the group)

PUB5440 Seminar on Selected Topics of Global Business and Public Policy
URB5110 Public Policy in Cities: Theories and Practices

URB5120 Urban and Regional Governance

URB5210 Urban Environmental Policy and Management
URB5220 Resource Evaluation and Planning
URB5310 Urban Development and Globalisation
URB5320 Housing and Land Management
URB5330 Transport, Economics and Policy
URB5340 Population and Society
URB5350 Cities and Climate Change
URB5360 Urban Disaster Risk and Management
URB5370 Seminar on Selected Topics of Urban Studies
URB5390 Creative Cities and Cultural Industries
URB5410 Urban Analytics
URB5420 Digitalizing Urban Environment for Sustainable and Resilient Cities
URB5430 Urban Spatial Analysis and Planning
III. Thesis Research Course (students need to register in the course every term)    
URB8010 Thesis Research 6 units per term 6 units per term
IV. Other Courses    
URB8020 Research Seminars 0 0
URB8030 Thesis Writing and Presentation / 0
    Post-Candidacy
V. Thesis Research Course (students need to register in the course every term)    
URB8110 Thesis Research / 12 units per term
VI. Other Courses    
URB8020 Research Seminars / 0
Units Distribution      
Lecture Courses: Group A 12 12
Lecture Courses: Group B 9 15
Thesis Research Course 6 units*No. of terms

6 units*No. of terms in Pre-Candidacy Period +
12 units*No. of terms in Post-Candidacy Period

Other Courses  0 0

 

 

Notes:    

1. For MPhil students exceeding normative study period, each student is expected to register in URB8010 Thesis Research course (6 units per term) every term.

2. For PhD students exceeding normative study period, each student is expected to register in URB8010 Thesis Research course (12 units per term).

 

Study Period:

Degree

Mode

Maximum Pre-Candidacy Period 1

Normative Period

Maximum Period

MPhil

FT

--

24 months

48 months

PhD (entering with a research master’s degree)

FT

24 months 2

48 months

72 months

PhD (entering without a research master’s degree)

FT

36 months 2,3

60 months

84 months

Summary of study period, in months

 

1              Maximum period to pass the candidacy requirement, counted from first entry.

2              A student who fails to pass the candidacy requirement within the maximum pre-candidacy period is required to withdraw from PhD study.

3              A student without a master’s degree or with a master's degree in a discipline not directly related to Urban Studies is allowed to switch to MPhil study if s/he fails to pass the candidacy requirement within the maximum pre-candidacy period.

 

Course and Unit Exemptions:

Students may be granted course and/or unit exemptions if they have taken similar or equivalent post-graduate courses with satisfactory performance (“B” grade or above). Supporting documents such as academic transcripts and course syllabus must be provided. Exemption for a maximum of 6 units may be granted for lecture courses. The application should be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School after the endorsement of the Programme Director/Coordinator and the Graduate Panel Chair.