Undergraduate    FAQ

Programme description

1. What is the difference between Geography Major and Urban Governance Major programme?


The quickest way to tell the difference between Geography and Urban Governance Major programme is by the programme objective and learning outcomes.

The geography programme offers a series of well-structured and contemporary courses for students with a passion to contribute to the society in general, to equip them with the key elements of the knowledge and methods skills to meet the demands and challenges in this dynamic and ever-changing world, while the urban governance programme targets at students who are prepared to pursue careers in the fields of urban governance, urban development, urban planning, urban environmental management and transport policy and planning.

Geography Major students are welcome to explore the geography discipline based on your own interests and your choice of specific subfields, while Urban Governance Major students are free to specialize within one theme or select courses from difference themes in our designated programme structure – in which courses are grouped under three major themes including 1. urban planning & transport management, 2. sustainability & development, and 3. urban economy & society.





Eligibility to declare major/minor

8. I am a non-Social Science student. Do I need to take the pre-requisite courses?


Yes, the pre-requisite courses are one of our major requirements. You might select two from Level 100 social science courses i.e. course code starting with SOCI, SINO, SOWK, PSYC, POLI, but not more than one from a single unit. For example, SOCI1003 + PSYC1004 will meet the requirements.




9. Are final-year students allowed to take Level 100 courses?


Theoretically yes. We welcome students to take our courses, but some faculties might request students to fill in “Application of Special Request form” to take introductory courses in their final year. Please check with your home Faculty if in doubt.

During the course selection period, your selections of Level 100 courses are time-stamped. We usually run the enrollment approval process near the end of the course selection period.

The course approval method of our Level 100 courses is first-come-first-served during the course-selection period and places would be allocated to Year 1 students first, and then would be based on the time-stamp.





Major/Minor combinations

7. What are the pros and cons of double major in Geography and Urban Governance?


Whether a double major is worth it for you depends on your choice of career, your interest level in both majors, the requirements you must meet to pursue a double major, and your overall commitment to your education.

Should you decide to double major, you won't be alone. Here are some feedbacks we collected from our current double major students about what attracts them to this double major combination:

  • “I want a double recognition of geography and I want to gain multidisciplinary knowledge through the required geography courses.”
  • “I am interested in human geography. I decided my double major as I want to be more competitive for my future job hunting.”
  • “I saw my second major in Urban Governance as an extension of my first geography major study. My second major should offer an in-depth study for my first major. I aim to master the knowledge and skills needed to be a competitive geographer.”
  • “The combination sounds more professional than a single major and it is not too difficult for me to complete two majors given that they are associated to each other.”
  • “I took the GGAS (i.e. Geographical, Geological & Archaeological Society)’s advice that geography and urban governance double major is possibly the best degree combination to increase the career potential in the public as well as private sectors.”

Here are also some advices in pursuing the double major:

  • “Be sure to create your own study plan to identify the courses targeting to meet different certain requirements and balance your class schedule as a double major means a double commitment to your study.”
  • “If you wish to explore new topics and different areas of interest, a double major may not be the best choice for you as you are likely won’t have much time to explore other electives. I nearly used all my electives to complete the credits requirements of the double major.”





Advanced Courses requirements

8. I am a non-Social Science student. Do I need to take the pre-requisite courses?


Yes, the pre-requisite courses are one of our major requirements. You might select two from Level 100 social science courses i.e. course code starting with SOCI, SINO, SOWK, PSYC, POLI, but not more than one from a single unit. For example, SOCI1003 + PSYC1004 will meet the requirements.




9. Are final-year students allowed to take Level 100 courses?


Theoretically yes. We welcome students to take our courses, but some faculties might request students to fill in “Application of Special Request form” to take introductory courses in their final year. Please check with your home Faculty if in doubt.

During the course selection period, your selections of Level 100 courses are time-stamped. We usually run the enrollment approval process near the end of the course selection period.

The course approval method of our Level 100 courses is first-come-first-served during the course-selection period and places would be allocated to Year 1 students first, and then would be based on the time-stamp.





Capstone Experience requirements

7. What are the pros and cons of double major in Geography and Urban Governance?


Whether a double major is worth it for you depends on your choice of career, your interest level in both majors, the requirements you must meet to pursue a double major, and your overall commitment to your education.

Should you decide to double major, you won't be alone. Here are some feedbacks we collected from our current double major students about what attracts them to this double major combination:

  • “I want a double recognition of geography and I want to gain multidisciplinary knowledge through the required geography courses.”
  • “I am interested in human geography. I decided my double major as I want to be more competitive for my future job hunting.”
  • “I saw my second major in Urban Governance as an extension of my first geography major study. My second major should offer an in-depth study for my first major. I aim to master the knowledge and skills needed to be a competitive geographer.”
  • “The combination sounds more professional than a single major and it is not too difficult for me to complete two majors given that they are associated to each other.”
  • “I took the GGAS (i.e. Geographical, Geological & Archaeological Society)’s advice that geography and urban governance double major is possibly the best degree combination to increase the career potential in the public as well as private sectors.”

Here are also some advices in pursuing the double major:

  • “Be sure to create your own study plan to identify the courses targeting to meet different certain requirements and balance your class schedule as a double major means a double commitment to your study.”
  • “If you wish to explore new topics and different areas of interest, a double major may not be the best choice for you as you are likely won’t have much time to explore other electives. I nearly used all my electives to complete the credits requirements of the double major.”





Social innovation and global citizenship (SI & GC) requirements

19. What are the SI & GC requirements for non-Social Science students?


For non-Social Science students, you might take any Level 200 or above advanced social sciences/ non social sciences courses to fulfill the 24 credits SI & GC requirements. You are welcome to take advanced geography courses to fulfill the SI & GC requirements too.




20. Can GEOG4001 Overseas Field Trip be used to fulfill the SI & GC requirements?


No, GEOG4001 course can only be used to fulfill the Capstone Experience requirements.





Postgraduate options

8. I am a non-Social Science student. Do I need to take the pre-requisite courses?


Yes, the pre-requisite courses are one of our major requirements. You might select two from Level 100 social science courses i.e. course code starting with SOCI, SINO, SOWK, PSYC, POLI, but not more than one from a single unit. For example, SOCI1003 + PSYC1004 will meet the requirements.




9. Are final-year students allowed to take Level 100 courses?


Theoretically yes. We welcome students to take our courses, but some faculties might request students to fill in “Application of Special Request form” to take introductory courses in their final year. Please check with your home Faculty if in doubt.

During the course selection period, your selections of Level 100 courses are time-stamped. We usually run the enrollment approval process near the end of the course selection period.

The course approval method of our Level 100 courses is first-come-first-served during the course-selection period and places would be allocated to Year 1 students first, and then would be based on the time-stamp.





Life at HKU Geography

7. What are the pros and cons of double major in Geography and Urban Governance?


Whether a double major is worth it for you depends on your choice of career, your interest level in both majors, the requirements you must meet to pursue a double major, and your overall commitment to your education.

Should you decide to double major, you won't be alone. Here are some feedbacks we collected from our current double major students about what attracts them to this double major combination:

  • “I want a double recognition of geography and I want to gain multidisciplinary knowledge through the required geography courses.”
  • “I am interested in human geography. I decided my double major as I want to be more competitive for my future job hunting.”
  • “I saw my second major in Urban Governance as an extension of my first geography major study. My second major should offer an in-depth study for my first major. I aim to master the knowledge and skills needed to be a competitive geographer.”
  • “The combination sounds more professional than a single major and it is not too difficult for me to complete two majors given that they are associated to each other.”
  • “I took the GGAS (i.e. Geographical, Geological & Archaeological Society)’s advice that geography and urban governance double major is possibly the best degree combination to increase the career potential in the public as well as private sectors.”

Here are also some advices in pursuing the double major:

  • “Be sure to create your own study plan to identify the courses targeting to meet different certain requirements and balance your class schedule as a double major means a double commitment to your study.”
  • “If you wish to explore new topics and different areas of interest, a double major may not be the best choice for you as you are likely won’t have much time to explore other electives. I nearly used all my electives to complete the credits requirements of the double major.”