The Postgraduate Diploma/Masters of Science in Housing Studies provides an academically-rigorous and professionally-relevant postgraduate education for Hong Kong based students who are aspiring to build a professional career in housing and real estate management. The programme is oriented towards increasing students' understanding of housing management, policy and research, combined with an understanding of real estate management, development and sustainability. It is appropriate for students from a range of academic backgrounds. The programme can be studied to Masters or diploma level depending on an applicant's qualifications, experience and subsequent performance on the course.
The programme consists of eight courses: Housing Policy and Finance (Asia Pacific) This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the roles of housing agencies and the financial mechanisms underpinning housing policy and to encourage a critical understanding of the complex interactions between fiscal, capital and revenue subsidy and welfare support mechanisms in housing policy. It also aims to increase understanding of the mechanisms involved in delivering housing policy: agents, policy levers; historical and contemporary emphases; key characteristics, funding and policy development in the main tenures – owner-occupation; social rented housing; private renting; land-use planning and delivering affordable housing. Housing Law (Asia Pacific) The aim of this module is to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main Hong Kong housing and related legislation; and the principles of the Hong Kong legal system. The module covers an overview of the Hong Kong legal system: the legislative and regulatory framework within which local government operates; the legal context for private housing development; the allocation of public housing; public sector tenancy law; private sector tenancy law and the law of repairs. Housing Management (Asia Pacific) The aim of this module is to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the delivery of the Housing Management service within the conflicting and competing pressures of welfare and business. Construction Technology The aim of the module is to give students a sufficient understanding of the construction of buildings to enable them to play an efficient role when working with other construction disciplines in the design and construction of commercial buildings. The module consists of 7 units. Each unit is designed to give students a basic understanding of the technological theory associated with specific elements of a building. Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation This module aims to establish the economic context for the creation of value, introduce the principles for the assessment of value in property markets, develop a clear understanding of the valuation process and appropriately apply the principal valuation methods (conventional and contemporary) to a range of property types and interests. Real Estate Development This module aims to provide an understanding of the contemporary real estate market and of the factors influencing the development decision. More specifically, it aims to enhance understanding of the different techniques of development appraisal and the ability to address particular development and appraisal problems. It is also intended to provide an in-depth understanding of both development and investment finance and the ability to construct appropriate financing packages. Real Estate Management and Sustainability This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the roles and functions of the property asset manager; the financial, legal and technical skills within the management domain; how management links with other disciplines within chartered surveying; the key skills and strategies that can be adopted within real estate asset management; and concepts and tools for sustainability management within real estate. Business Management for Built Environment Professionals The aim of the module is to critically examine high level management issues and the strategic process. Students will acquire the means to think strategically about professional business situations, particularly in the context of the built environment. There will be specific emphasis on the implications of changes in demand for built environment services as a result of technology and new government procurement practice.