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Master of Arts in Cities and Governance (MCG)

Welcome to Master of Cities and Governance (MCG)

Prof. DU Huimin Helen

Assistant Professor 

School of Graduate Studies 



Message from the Programme Director

We are thrilled to offer an interdisciplinary programme that provides students with a comprehensive understanding of urban affairs.

Located in the dynamic urban region of South China’s Greater Bay Area, our programme provides students with first-hand experience of how globalisation, economic development, demographic change, mobility, history, and culture have impacted and shaped city governance. In addition, partnerships with top institutions from around the world offer unique opportunities to learn from experts in the field and gain insights into the governance and development of cities worldwide.

Experiential learning is a crucial component of the programme. Field visits and hands-on learning opportunities enable students to engage with city governance professionals, community leaders, and stakeholders, providing practical insights into the challenges and opportunities of urban development.

Whether interested in urban studies, public policy, or social and environmental sustainability, our programme equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a meaningful impact in your community and beyond. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our programme and supporting you in achieving your academic and professional goals.


MCG offers a concentration, namely Master of Cities and Governance (Environment and Sustainability), from the academic year 2022-23. Students enrolling in the MCG programme can choose to pursue this concentration.

Key Features

  • Interdisciplinary -drawing on insights from history, business, economics, politics, social policy, sociology and science
  • Multi-institutional with inputs from experts from leading universities from across the region
  • International perspectives from global partners
  • Blends the applied and the theoretical through field visits and experiential learning
  • Set within the learning environment of South China`s Greater Bay Area-one of the most dynamic urban regions in the world

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Explain and assess key theories and frameworks in city governance
  • Understand the key drivers of change in the contemporary city
  • Apply relevant theories and knowledge to tackle problems in urban affairs management
  • Evaluate and inform debates on city governance and policy
  • Design and carry out research on city governance, and derive recommendations accordingly