A Flexible Programme Structure

The programme is offered on a one-year full-time and two-year/three-year part-time basis. For the full-time study, the curriculum normally extends over one academic year, while for the part-time two-year and part-time three-year studies, the curriculum normally extends over two academic years and three academic years, respectively.

A Unique and Sharp Focus on Transport Policy and Planning

A variety of courses focusing on transport policy and planning are designed for the programme. It is the only programme of its kind in Hong Kong specializing in TRANSPORT POLICY AND PLANNING.

To complete the programme (full-time or part-time), candidates are required to complete not less than 72 credits, including seven compulsory courses (6 credits each), two elective courses (6 credits each), and a dissertation (equivalent to 18 credits). Attendance of at least four seminars is required for the core course "Research Methods in Transport Studies", and anyone who fails to comply shall not be deemed to have satisfied the requirements for conferment of the degree. Moreover, a 75% attendance rate for all courses is required.

Highly relevant to the needs of the contemporary world

Core Courses
(6 credits each)
GEOG7001 Survey and Data Analysis in Transport Studies
GEOG7002 Transport and Development
GEOG7006 Engineering for Transport Systems
GEOG7007 Analysis, Modeling and Project Appraisal in Transportation
GEOG7011 Research Methods in Transport Studies (one-year course)
URBP6123 Public Transport Systems
URBP6131 Transport Policy and Planning

Elective Courses
(6 credits each)
ARCH7060 Urban Design Theories and Principles
ARCH6104 Physical Environment and Site Planning
GEOG7003 Transport Economics
GEOG7010 Transport Law and Management*
GEOG7012 Transport Field Trip*#
GEOG7014 GIS in Transport Planning and Management*
IELM6045 Global Operations and Logistics

Others Courses
(equivalent to 18 credits)
GEOG7013 MATPP Dissertation

* May be offered biennially

# Students enrolling on this course have to bear the cost of air tickets, meals and accommodation.

Elective courses may not be offered if the class size is considered too small (e.g. less than 5 students).  Some elective courses cross-offered by other programmes may have quotas for MATPP students. Details will be announced by the programme in due course.

The course outlines and details about dissertations are available on the programme website: http://geog.hku.hk/postgrad/matpp/

Here is a suggested background reading list for eager students who would like to start reading some general references on transport policy and planning before the commencement of their studies. Please note that these general readings may not be used as main texts for any course within the programme.

Knowles, R., Shaw, J. and Docherty, I. (Editors) (2008) Transport Geographies: Mobilities, Flows and Spaces. Malden: Blackwell.

Meyer, M.D. & Miller, E.J. (2001), Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach, New York: McGraw-Hill.

Wright, P.H. and Ashford, N.J. (1989) Transportation Engineering: Planning and Design. New York: Wiley.

Last updated on 25th May, 2011.