Urban Governance and Design (2022)

Postgraduate Programs 2022/23

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Urban Governance and Design

Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Urban Governance and Design
Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Governance and Design

Program Short Name

MPhil(UGOD)
PhD(UGOD)

Mode of Study

Full-time

Normative Program Duration

MPhil
2 years

PhD
3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (without a relevant research master’s degree)

Offering Unit

Urban Governance and Design Thrust Area

Society Hub

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Danyang XIE, Chair Professor of Economics

Enquiry

ugodt@ust.hk

By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centers, and most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in a handful of countries, including China. Rapid urbanization and growth of cities call for high-quality public services and effective governance to make urban places more livable. The study of cities becomes an increasingly cross-disciplinary enterprise. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Urban Governance and Design employ cross-disciplinary perspectives to analyze the data on cities from different sources (including population census, surveys, administrative and big data) to address critical issues in contemporary urban governance and design.

The MPhil Program aims to train students to conduct independent research in urban governance. An MPhil graduate is expected to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge of cities and employ quantitative skills to integrate and analyze the data from different sources, to write research reports addressing various audience in academia, think tanks, government, or industry, and to contribute to urban governance and design in practice.

The PhD Program seeks to train students in original research with cross-disciplinary approach to urban governance and design, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking for knowledge creation in the field. A PhD graduate is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen area of research and to synthesize and create new knowledge making an original and substantial contribution to the cross-disciplinary studies of cities.

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On successful completion of the MPhil program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify and synthesize current research on cities, especially those in the Chinese context;
  2. Compare and contrast state-of-the-art knowledge in urban science and relevant referenced disciplines (e.g., data science, demography, economics, geography, public administration, and sociology), and apply such knowledge to drive research, practice, and innovation in the field;
  3. Analyze, design, and execute research by utilizing proper research methodologies; and
  4. Communicate the developed knowledge and research on cities with the academic and practitioners’ community.

On successful completion of the PhD program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify and synthesize current research on cities, especially those in the Chinese context, to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen area of research;
  2. Compare and contrast state-of-the-art knowledge in urban science and relevant referenced disciplines (e.g., data science, demography, economics, geography, public administration, and sociology), and cultivate independent and innovative thinking for knowledge creation in the field;
  3. Analyze, design, and execute research by utilizing proper research methodologies to make an original and substantial contribution to the cross-disciplinary studies of cities; and
  4. Communicate the developed knowledge and research on cities through publications and teaching.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    MPhil:15 credits
    PhD:21credits

  2. Credit Transfer

    Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students.

  3. Cross-disciplinary Core Courses

2credits

IIMP 6010

IIMP 6020

IIMP 6030

IIMP 6040

All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.

  1. Hub Core Courses

4 Credits

Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Society Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.

Society Hub Core Course

SOCH 5000

Other Hub Core Courses

FUNH 5000

INFH 5000

SYSH 5000

  1. Courses on Domain Knowledge

MPhil:minimum 9 credits of coursework
PhD:minimum 15 credits of coursework

Under this requirement, each student is required to take a required course and other elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.

Required Course List

UGOD 5010

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Sample Elective Course List

To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.

UGOD 5020

UGOD 5030

UGOD 5040

UGOD 5050

UGOD 5060

COMP 5211

COMP 5212

ECON 5130

ECON 5420

ENVR 5250

ENVR 5320

MATH 5470

MATH 5471

orCOMP 5222

PPOL 5130

PPOL 5200

PPOL 5220

PPOL 5320

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SOSC 5440

SOSC 5480

SOSC 5620

SOSC 5660

SOSC 5700

SOSC 5720

  1. Additional Foundation Courses

Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity in related areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Students who need to acquire a stronger quantitative background may be required to take relevant fundamental course(s) in probability and statistics, and software packages in the first regular term of study. The following are examples of such courses:

PPOL 5140

SOSC 5090

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

PDEV 6800


All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

  1. Professional Development Course Requirement

PDEV 6770


Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.


Students are required to complete SOCH 6780. The 1 credit earned from SOCH 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed SOCH 6780 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking SOCH 6780, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

  1. English Language Requirement

LANG 5000

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

LANG 5001

LANG 5002

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LANG 5010

Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.

  1. Postgraduate Seminar

UGOD 6101

UGOD 6102

Students are required to complete UGOD 6101 and UGOD 6102 or their equivalent in two terms in sequence. The credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.

  1. Thesis Research

UGOD 6990

UGOD 7990

MPhil:

  1. Registration in UGOD6990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in UGOD7990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

Last Update: 24 July2020

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University

  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

  • Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80*

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt


Applicants are not requiredto present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

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Recent international research shows conclusively that good urban design has the potential to create value for communities, individuals, the economy and the environment. The potential benefits include: better public health. greater social equity.

How does urban design affect the environment? ›

The urban structure substantially affects a building's access to sunlight and ventilation, defining its capability to exploit passively the heat produced by solar radiation on vertical surfaces, the natural daylight and ventilation of inner spaces, as well as the reduction in environmental and noise pollution.

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This is crucial in facilitating the development and strengthening of cultural and societal acceptance, education and understanding. As a result, this interaction builds and strengthens long-term community relations.

What are the basic principles of urban design? ›

10 principles for successful urban design
  • Background. ...
  • 1/ People, place, planet: a truly diverse mix. ...
  • 2/ Human-centric design and activity: people first. ...
  • 3/ Scaled urban density: mixed and middling. ...
  • 4/ A return to squares and courtyards: good enclosures. ...
  • 5/ Legibility and layering: the practical and the unexpected.

What are the basic requirements of urban design? ›

The character and appearance of land, including its shape, form, ecology, natural features, colours and elements, and the way these components combine. This includes all open space, including its planting, boundaries and treatment. The amount of development on a given piece of land and the range of uses.

What is the difference between urban planning and urban design? ›

“Urban design focuses more on the shape and form of spaces, as well as people's experiences of a place. Urban planning focuses on how these spaces function in an effective way to make people's lives better.

What are the challenges of urban development? ›

Common environmental threats include flooding, tropical cyclones (to which coastal cities are particularly vulnerable), heat waves and epidemics. Owing to the physical and population density of cities, such threats often result in both devastating financial loss and deaths.

What are 5 positive effects of urbanization? ›

Positive Effects of Urbanization:

Creation of employment opportunities. Technological and infrastructural advancements. Improved transportation and communication. Quality educational and medical facilities.

What are the elements of urban planning? ›

Urban planning touches on numerous city-life elements—new and pre-existing land, buildings, roads, communal spaces, transportation, economic development, infrastructure, and the environment, among others.

Is urban design a good career? ›

Urban Planning is a promising career. The urban planning industry has been growing at an astonishing rate, with the demand for experts in this field expected to increase by over 30% between now and 2026. In addition, it's one of those careers that doesn't require a college degree; all you need is experience!

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Urban Planning through Design

You will understand the role of planners in influencing environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns, and be able to identify the main trends and factors shaping the development of local, national, regional and global communities.

What is modern urban design? ›

An urban modern style stems from cosmopolitan influence—think designer loft in a major city—that fuses together opposing, yet complementary, design elements. It's not uncommon to see traits of minimalist style, with edgy designs, and a bit of glamor in an urban modern room.

What are some of the negative effects of these urban design initiatives? ›

Urban design factors can affect public health in several ways, including physical activity, traffic accident risk, pollution exposure, access to health resources, mental health and affordability, which affects households' ability to afford other critical goods, such as healthy food and medical care.

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Urban planning can provide the basis for construction, which has a close contact with urban planning. Urban planning can provide some reference for architectural design. During the process of architectural design, the design work should be carried out according to the urban planning plan.

What is urban planning and how can it help your community and your city? ›

Urban planning is a valuable force for city leaders to achieve sustainable development. It is a means to bring about a difference; Planning helps make the most out of municipal budgets by informing infrastructure and services investments, balancing demands for growth with the need to protect the environment.

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