The mission of this programme is to prepare students for careers in scholarly activity, applied research and policy analysis. We strive to equip students of the MPhil/PhD in Urban Studies programme with the ability to bring real impacts to the society through their research.
With the rapid growth of urban population, the importance of urban studies as an independent field of knowledge has been increasing. The large-scale, high-speed urbanization urgently requires dealing with polarization processes, solving sustainability issues and reflecting on the impact of the multisensory experience of the urban environment. The significance of urban studies has been promoted throughout the world for the sakes of sustainable development, public health, social well-being and disaster mitigation, among others. This programme is to prepare students for careers in scholarly activity, applied research and policy analysis.
Students enrolled in the programmes could conduct research under the broad areas of Housing Crisis in Hong Kong and Asian Cities, Urbanization and Urban Regeneration, Housing and Neighbourhood Governance, and Development and Conservation, and of cross-disciplinary themes.
Students enrolled in courses, seminars, and workshops sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies of Lingnan will experience cross-disciplinary interactions with our staff and students from other faculties. The skills developed during these interactions (e.g. the ability to explain advanced, discipline-specific concepts to non-specialists, gaining an appreciation of other fields of study and practice, and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams) will be crucial skills for those who wish to move urban science from theory to practice.
- MPhil: 24 months (full-time); 36 months (part-time)
- PhD: 36 months (full-time); 60 months (part-time) with relevant master's degree
- PhD: 48 months (full-time); 72 months (part-time) without relevant master's degree
The admission of a student to the University is based on academic suitability and potential for a programme. An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or have obtained an equivalent qualification; or have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of PhD should normally hold a master’s degree awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard, and have registered in a programme of study for a master’s degree at a recognised tertiary education institution for at least one year and have evidence of research achievement; or have obtained an equivalent qualification; or have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
Other than meeting the University’s general admission requirements and English language requirements, an applicant may have to fulfill additional admission requirements set by the programme.
Additional admission requirement set by the programme
Relevant majors may include urban studies, urban design, urban planning, housing studies, surveying, land administration, heritage conservation, geography, sociology and public administration and political science. Students who do not meet this requirement but show potential to integrate ideas across a variety of disciplines to advance urban studies may be considered.
For more details, please visit our University website at https://www.ln.edu.hk/rpg/admission/requirement/admission-criteria-and-requirements.
Upon successful completion of MPhil/PhD in Urban Studies programme, graduates are expected to master the literature and theory in a particular area of scholarship as well as the research skills necessary to make significant and original contributions in their respective fields. They may move on to a wide range of roles such as academics, researchers or policy advocates in think tanks, urban consultants, civil servants in government bureaus or departments, and consultants in non-government organisations.