Course Information

HKD 260,000
(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.

For students of the dual degree program with credit transfer from the University of Washington (UW), the program fee will be HK$130,000 for 24 credits in Year 2 at HKUST. The tuition fee for the UW program will be paid directly to UW.)
Study Mode
2 Year(s)

Course Overview

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. It provides students with complete professional training that focuses on problem-solving skills with real-world cases and examples, such as information technology and telecommunications, environment, energy, health care, transportation and finance. 

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.

MPP also offers the option of dual degree program under which qualified MPP students will have the opportunity to spend a year studying at the Evans Schools of Public Policy and Governance, the University of Washington (University of Washington), and earn both the Master of Public Policy (MPP) from HKUST and the Global Master of Public Administration (GMPA) from University of Washington.

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.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement

48 credits

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. Students admitted to the dual degree program with the University of Washington (UW) may transfer up to 24 credits from UW to fulfill the program requirements with prior approval of the Program Director.

Core Courses

24 credits

PPOL 5110Foundation in Public Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5130Microeconomics and Public Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5140Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5150Public Policy Analysis3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5160Evidence in Public Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5170Public Management and Leadership3 Credit(s)
PPOL 6110Policy Analysis Project6 Credit(s)

Elective Courses

24 credits

i. PPOL Electives

At least 12 credits

Students can take any PPOL postgraduate courses to meet the elective course requirement.

ii. Other Electives

Up to 12 credits

ECON 5280Applied Econometrics4 Credit(s)
ENEG 5050Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
ENVR 5250Environmental Economics and Management3 Credit(s)
ENVR 5260Environmental Policy and Management3 Credit(s)
ENVR 6060Sustainability Economics3 Credit(s)
EVSM 5230Environmental Health and Management3 Credit(s)
EVSM 5300Corporate Environmental Strategy3 Credit(s)
ISOM 5170Big Data Technologies2 Credit(s)
ISOM 5370Technology and Innovation Management2 Credit(s)
ISOM 5460Project Management2 Credit(s)
JEVE 5530Environmental Management and Regulatory Compliance3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5170Qualitative Research Methods3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5340Econometric Approaches to Social Science Research3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5620Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
BIEN 5001*Responsible Conduct of Biomedical and Biotechnology Research3 Credit(s)
CIEM 5480*Wastewater Treatment and Reuse3 Credit(s)
CIEM 5630*Traffic Control Fundamentals and Practice3 Credit(s)
CIEM 5810*Engineering Risk, Reliability and Decision3 Credit(s)
IBTM 5050*Intelligent Building System3 Credit(s)
JEVE 5900*Carbon Management for Sustainable Environment3 Credit(s)
* 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.


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

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