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Degrees and qualifications

Master of Science in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities (MSc) / Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities (PgD) - Application deadline 30 April 2021

Designed to nurture a workforce with the technological know-how for smart city development, this program will provide students with a foundational understanding of the theories of urban systems and science, training in new technologies, and hands-on experience in developing smart city solutions.

Career Prospects / Academic Opportunities after Graduation

Smart city is a fast-growing area aroung the globe. By leveraging emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Interlligence, and Big Data, the programme wit an interdisciplinary nature aims to nurture a workforce with the technological know-how for smart and sustainable urban development. Graduates will benefit from various employment opportunities in both public sectors and private companies. The employment opportunities come from a broad range of areas about smart city management including buy not limited to telecommunication, information technology, urban planning, transportation and logistics, public health, social welfare finance and real estate.

Besides, graduates also have great opportunities to pursue further study for doctoral degree locally or internationally.

Professional Recognition

Accreditation of this new programme by professional institutions is in progress.

Programme Structure




7 subjects including 4 core subjects


7 subjects including 4 core subjects

Dissertation on Urban Informatics and Smart Cities


Urban Informatics and Smart Cities Project and an additional core subject

Core Areas of Study

Core Subjects (*compulsory)
  • Smart Cities: Technologies and Solutions*
  • Urban Science and Systems*
  • Urban Informatics*
  • Urban Big Data
  • Principles of GIS
  • Urban Planning and Urban Design
Elective Subjects
  • Economics for Financial Analysis
  • Engineering Intelligent Buildings
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Sustainable Development and Environment Planning
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Smart Transport
  • Internet of Things – Tools and Applications
  • Smart Tourism and Big Data Analytics (Subject to approval)
  • Spatial Data Acquisition
  • Satellite Positioning and Navigation
  • Remote Sensing Image Processing

The subjects above are subject to review and changes from time to time.

Programme Characteristics

This programme embraces an interdisciplinary approach by offering a wide range of subjects covering theories and domain knowledge, emerging technologies, and applications for smart cities. These subjects generally require one evening class per week over a 13-week semester.

For September 2021 entry, please obtain detailed information from the Study@PolyU website and apply online according to the following schedule:
September 2021 entry : deadline 30 April 2021

Tuition Fee
Tuition Fee for each Credit (HK$)
5,300 for local and non-local students
Initial Registration Credits
12 (Full-time), 6 (Part-time)

Course fee will be collected in two installments per year.

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

Application procedures
Please view the application procedures here.
For further information on academic matters, please contact  Programme Leader:

Dr. Yang XU (tel: 2766 5958; email:

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