Participating Teaching Units

Department of Geography

Since 1954, the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong has been offering a wide range of systematic and regional courses for students to develop areas of specialisation within the discipline and to acquire practical and problem-solving skills highly valued by employers. Thus far, over 2,600 graduates and 400 postgraduates have received training in geography under the bachelor's degree, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes. Quality education has meant that our graduates have always had an edge in the job market and have continued to thrive and excel in both the public and private sectors, making significant and diversified contributions to society at large.

At present, the Department offers undergraduate and taught postgraduate, as well as research-based MPhil and PhD degree programmes. High-quality teaching and research are well supported by a wide range of in-house laboratory facilities, equipment, and other support, including the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & GIS Research Laboratories, Geomorphology & Hydrology Laboratory, Soils & Biogeography Laboratory and Map Library. Besides, we have a team of dynamic and capable academic staff actively involved in policy-oriented, applied and academic research, with a spatial focus on China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and the Asia-Pacific region.


Department of Urban Planning and Design

Following the reorganization of the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management (CUPEM) on 1 July 2008, the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD) was established in the Faculty of Architecture to continue the teaching of urban planning and related areas in housing management and transport. The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP), which was established 28 years ago in 1980 and renamed as CUPEM in 1991, was re-established to continue interdisciplinary research in urban studies and planning. 

Postgraduate taught programmes are currently provided in:

dot Urban Planning
dot Urban Design
dot Housing Management
dot Transport Policy and Planning


The Department has an extensive research programme focusing on sustainable urban and regional development issues in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region. Major research emphases include:
dot Sustainable Development
dot High Tech Parks in China
dot Planning Support Systems
dot Citizen Participation in Planning
dot High Density Development
dot Regional Competition and Cooperation
dot Housing Policy

The Department also conducts contract research projects for the public and private sectors in Hong Kong, and for international agencies. We have various academic exchange programmes with universities in China, Australia, The Netherlands and UK.


Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1912, and from which time, civil engineering formed the major part of a general engineering curriculum. Over the years, civil engineering remains the pillar of engineering in Hong Kong with graduates from this Department being responsible for many of the infrastructure projects in Hong Kong.

The Department has a highly active postgraduate and research programme with currently over 100 MPhil and PhD students carrying out coursework and research on various topics and over 400 students enrolled under the MSc programmes.

The Department is actively engaged in research in the various disciplines of Civil Engineering, particularly in support of the planning, design and construction of transport infrastructure projects. Within the Department, transport and traffic engineering remains a very important and integral part of teaching and research.

The Department has also been very successful in attracting external funding. During  2011 to 2015, various grants amounting to around HK$91 million were secured. On transport research projects, the Department has obtained HK$5.13 million from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council over the last 5 years. In addition, the Department offers professional training courses for civil engineering graduates for Continuing Education Training requirements for the purpose of obtaining corporate membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.