Faculty of Construction and Environment

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)



  • Students can pursue their studies in either full-time or part-time mode. Students should complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. They will be required to attend classes in the daytime and in the evening if they choose the full-time mode.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

To equip students to cope with challenges and other issues in cities by harnessing the power of informatics, big data and relevant techniques.



The programme focuses on three key areas, namely “Theory and Domain Knowledge”, “Technologies underpin Urban Informatics and Smart Cities” and “The Practice of Urban Informatics and Smart Cities Solutions”.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc programme has been accredited by The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS).

(Subject to regular re-accreditation)


Programme Structure

Students must complete 7 subjects with at least 4 Core Subjects, including “Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions”, “Urban Science and Systems”, and “Urban Informatics”, plus a Dissertation. The Dissertation is optional; alternatively, students can choose to complete a Project and one more Core Subject.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects for selection upon registration.

  • Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions
  • Urban Science & Systems
  • Urban Informatics
  • Urban Big Data
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban Planning and Urban Design
  • Dissertation (9 credits)/Project (6 credits)


Subjects on offer are subject to revision.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr XU Yang
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr LIU Xintao
BEng, MSc, PhD

Subject Area
Urban Informatics and Smart Cities
Entrance Requirements
  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, technology, or the equivalent.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Yang XU (tel: (852) 2766 5958; email: yang.ls.xu@polyu.edu.hk).

Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$6,950 per credit for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Student Message

The MSc in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities is an exciting and emerging interdisciplinary program. It covers a wide range of topics, such as Urban Dynamics, Smart City, Big Data, AI, IoT, and GIS. The program courses offer in-depth theories, state-of-the-art techniques, and hands-on practices for students to exert their talents in future careers. Students in this program can discover and integrate advanced methods and technologies to solve the issues they face in cities to achieve smart and sustainable development.


During the two years of study from 2020 to 2022 in Master of Urban Informatics and Smart Cities, I get acquainted with many enthusiastic teachers and classmates. Under my supervisor's guidance, I completed two fascinating 2/3D geo-visualization projects and my dissertation. I also participated in the Huawei ICT Competition with other team members and won the first prize in the Global Final. Thanks for the platform that PolyU provides. Hereby, I highly recommend students pursue further study and employment opportunities with MSc in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities.

ZHONG Xiuming
Additional Documents Required
Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement

One-page (for non-local applicants only)

Transcript / Certificate


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