Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Public Policy
Award Title

Master of Public Policy

Program Short Name

MPP

Mode of Study

Full-time

Normative Program Duration

2 years

Program Fee

HK$240,000

The program fee does not cover any additional credits. Students who take additional or audit course(s) are required to pay additional fee at HK$7,000 per credit.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Kira MATUS, Associate Professor of Public Policy

While advancements in science and technology have been rapidly expanding the range of solutions for tackling global challenges such as climate change and population ageing, science and technology innovations have also given rise to a complex set of ethical, institutional and legal issues for governments, non-profit and private entities. Public policy will play an increasingly important role in unlocking the full potential of science and technology in improving the human condition and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with knowledge of the full impact of science and technology innovations, and professional skills in the formulation and implementation of innovative solutions to current and emerging global challenges. The program draws on research and teaching excellence from across a diverse range of disciplines to equip students with a set of core skills in data analytics, economic analysis, and management to become effective policy professionals.

Designed for students with diverse educational backgrounds, including social science, science, engineering, business, and other fields of study, this two-year full-time program consists of a core curriculum, an optional summer internship upon completion of the first year of study, a second year client-based policy analysis project, and elective courses allowing students to develop their areas of specialization. It provides students with complete professional training that focuses on problem-solving skills with real-world cases and examples.

The program places an emphasis on knowledge, analytic skills and management capacities that are highly transferable across sectors, issue areas and global regions. Graduates of the MPP Program may work as analysts, managers, researchers and consultants in a wide variety of organizations, including government agencies, non-profit organizations and private businesses. The training provided by the program is particularly relevant for policy professionals seeking to advance their careers in industries at the frontline of science and technology advancements, such as information technology and telecommunications, environment, energy, health care, transportation and finance.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify and define complex policy problems, and design original and innovative policy proposals to address them, demonstrating expertise in substantive policy area(s);
  2. Select and apply the appropriate analytical tools to evaluate public policy proposals and to interpret and present the results of such analyses;
  3. Generate strategies for the implementation of policy proposals, using knowledge of policy processes and institutions in diverse settings, including Hong Kong, China, and Europe and the United States; and
  4. Effectively present and negotiate policy proposals with other professionals.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    48 credits 
     

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may apply for credit transfer or course substitution of no more than 12 credits.
     

  1. Core Courses

24 credits
 

PPOL 5110
PPOL 5130
PPOL 5140
PPOL 5150
PPOL 5160
PPOL 5170
PPOL 6110

 

  1. Elective Courses

24 credits

Students are required to take 15 credits of PPOL Electives and 9 credits of Other Electives.
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5190
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5210
PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230
PPOL 5240


ii. Other Electives

ECON 5280
ENEG 5050
ENVR 5250
ENVR 5260
ENVR 6060
EVSM 5230
EVSM 6070
IEDA 5570
ISOM 5300
ISOM 5370
MARK 5230
SOSC 5170
SOSC 5340
SOSC 5620
BIEN 5001*
CIEM 5480*
CIEM 5630*
CIEM 5810*
IBTM 5050*
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to cover both the policy and technical aspects.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as Other Electives.

 

  1. Remarks

  • Students should take a minimum of 12 credits and up to a maximum of 15 credits of coursework per regular term.

 

 

Last update: 31 July 2018

  1. Environmental Policy Concentration

Students who opt for the Environmental Policy (EP) Concentration are required to take the following elective courses, including 15 credits of PPOL Electives and 9 credits of EP Concentration Electives, as part of the program requirements:
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5190
PPOL 5210

And any three of the following courses:

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230
PPOL 5240


ii. EP Concentration Electives

ENEG 5050
ENVR 5250
ENVR 5260
ENVR 6060
EVSM 5230
EVSM 6070
MARK 5230
SOSC 5620
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to construct a concentration that will cover both the policy and technical aspects of a particular area.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as EP Concentration Electives.

 

 

  1. Science and Technology Policy Concentration

Students who opt for the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Concentration are required to take the following elective courses, including 15 credits of PPOL Electives and 9 credits of STP Concentration Electives, as part of the program requirements:
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230

And any three of the following courses:

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5190
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5210
PPOL 5240


ii. STP Concentration Electives

ENEG 5050
IEDA 5570
ISOM 5300
ISOM 5370
BIEN 5001*
CIEM 5480*
CIEM 5630*
CIEM 5810*
IBTM 5050*
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to construct a concentration that will cover both the policy and technical aspects of a particular area.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as STP Concentration Electives.

 

 

Last update: 31 July 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
 

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5


Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.