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Smart City + Smart People, We Work for a Sustainable Future

Smart City + Smart People, We Work For A Sustainable Future

- Offer both one-year full-time and two-year part-time

- Globally increasing environmental awareness and concern, fast urbanization, and technological development have together resulted in an urgent need and opportunity to rethink how we could design, construct and manage our cities in a more efficient, effective, and low-cost way.

- The program trains students and professionals to advance their knowledge of smart city management, city resilience, and sustainable and environmental design, and make them equipped with practical analytical skills.

- Combine lecture-based teaching and problem-based workshops

- Develop cross-disciplinary perspectives

- Taught by best international team from around the world

Our People

Programme Directors

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Ren, Chao

Program Director

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Chen, Bin

Deputy Program Director

Let’s promote design innovation and smart technology to create a better living environment and a more sustainable future for our planet and our next generation.

Let’s leverage big data, technology innovation, and “research plus design” mindset and skillset for effective interventions to address pressing environmental challenges in front of us, and ultimately to make our cities and communities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Our Courses


Core Courses

Candidates entering the Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Design are required to complete a total of 60 credits of courses, consisting of 48 credits of core courses and 12 credits of elective courses. The curriculum shall normally require one academic year of full-time study or two academic years of part-time study. Candidates shall not be permitted to extend their studies beyond the maximum period of registration of three academic years of full-time study, or four academic years of part-time study unless otherwise permitted or required by the Board of the Faculty. Candidates are required to follow courses of instruction and satisfy the examiners in each of the core courses.



The written dissertation allows students an opportunity to conduct a scholarly investigation into a chosen aspect of sustainable and environmental design. Dissertation Part 1’s teaching focuses on the research methodology, literature review, and case studies. The dissertation of part 2 allows the student an opportunity to conduct original research for their selected case studies and develop environmental design solutions and related findings to meet the need for sustainable development.


Elective Courses

In addition, candidates are also required to select and complete 12 credits of elective courses from the list of courses below. It should be noted that not all elective courses listed in the syllabuses will be offered every year and that new elective course(s) may be introduced from time to time. Candidates’ selection of elective courses shall be approved by the Programme Director.

Our Campus Life


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Information on the MSc(SED) program and on application for admission to the HKU MSc(SED) program, can be found on the HKU and Faculty of Architecture websites.

Contact us to know more:

Academic Programme Officer (Admissions)
Ms. Patty Lam / 3917 4407

Academic Programme Officer (Administration)
Mr. Tony Cheung / 3917 7697

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