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Programme Introduction
This programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to understanding complex sustainability challenges, and managing sustainability issues in their daily work. Embodied in the aims and curriculum of the programme are the key vision and mission of the Centre, which emphasize the importance of cross-sector collaboration and collective action. Specifically, the programme focuses on building the capacity of actors in the public, business and social sectors to engage in dialogue and partnerships to develop innovative solutions to the challenges set out by the 17 UN SDGs.

Our Programme has been accredited by Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and students are entitled to complimentary student membership to IEMA for the duration of the programme and on successful completion they qualify for GradIEMA. Graduate membership is a launchpad for future leaders within environment and sustainability and offers a range of benefits to support you throughout your career. This then provides a “fast track” opportunity to Practitioner Membership (PIEMA) following successful completion of the work-based assessment of competence.  

Mode of Attendance
1-Year Full-Time
2-Year Part-Time

Class Schedule
On weekday evenings with occasional Saturdays

Medium of Instruction

Facebook Scholarship in Public Policy and Sustainability Leadership

Facebook Scholarship in Public Policy and Sustainability Leadership” is launched under the HKU-Meta (formerly known as Facebook) Tech for Good Initiative to support outstanding students in the University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Sciences in the field of Sustainability Leadership and Governance (MSLG) programs.

Meta kindly pledged an initial donation of HK$350,000 per year from the academic years 2021-22 to 2023-24 to support outstanding young scholars to conduct research on public policy, governance and sustainability, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics and Big Data governance.

All students of the following programmes will be considered for the scholarship:

  • Master of Public Administration (MPA); and
  • Master of Social Sciences in the field of Sustainability Leadership and Governance (MSocSc(SLG)).

The Selection Committee will take the below criteria into consideration for the award of the Scholarship:

  • Academic merits (obtaining an average GPA of 3.6 or above);
  • Performance at scholarship interview;
  • Students who have satisfactorily completed any programme course and/or assignment with a focus on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented/Virtual Reality, (AR/VR), Smart City and Digital Governance will be given priority; and
  • Any other considerations deemed relevant by the Selection Committee.

Students receiving the Scholarship, at the value of HK$87,500 each, are required to undertake the below requirements:

  • Participate in research project(s) in the areas of public policy, governance and sustainability, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics and Big Data governance; and
  • Participate in a study trip to Meta’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley in the United States.






Sustainability extends into multiple fields of study and is reflected in the fast-growing job sector. When you study sustainability, such as in this programme, you will have the opportunity to explore many aspects of sustainable practices. The concepts and principles in sustainability extend in to all industries such as food and beverages, healthcare, tourism, manufacturing, energy, transportation, and increasingly, the finance industry. Sonner or later, every job will require knowledge on sustainability, so why not start preparing now?

Pursuing a Masters degree always entail the pressure of choosing the right one for us. We all look for a career that will fulfil our professional needs and satisfy us personally. Another concern is whether our field of study will support us financially. Fortunately, sustainability degrees are in much higher demand now. As the job market for sustainability professionals are growing increasingly, the SLGP recognizes the need to complement this market demand while equipping potential change agents with the knowledge and skillset needed in our changing environment.

Sometimes our career choices lead us to an unmotivated work life and a lack of purpose. Often when people do not feel that they are doing something meaningful, their job satisfaction deteriorates drastically as a result. An advantage of studying in the field of sustainability is the fact that it is an impactful career choice. There are a lot of things about this field that will make you feel like you are making a difference, doing something meaningful and giving back. The emotional reward comes from the involvement in social and environmental issues, and the financial one comes from the fast-growing job market.

There are businesses that have adopted sustainability into their operations and there are those whose entire activity is related to sustainability, and as a result the related functions are being promoted to higher levels of management. Increasingly, we see companies requiring their C-suite level executives to have an education related to sustainability, or at least have some level of experience in the field.

We believe in an education where students will grow into professionals who listen empathetically, know the power of open dialogue, understand and are able to facilitate collaboration towards a fair, just and environmentally sustainable society, through a high level of academic achievement that bridges with practice.

We will fuel the fire of passion to change our world for the better by acquiring an understanding that promotes positive action, skills and commitment to discuss hard issues and solve tough problems cooperatively. By providing an enabling educational environment where student learners will flourish and grow toward their career goals, while developing the needed leadership acumen for the development of social equality, eco-justice and principles of an inclusive economy.

The programme is shaped by the values and principles embodied in the idea of sustainability. These values include equal access, respect for diversity, community mindedness, cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness through an inclusive and participatory decision-making process. Our instructors and students will be guided by the principles of respect for varying perspectives, high standards of integrity, fairness, and above all striving to live in harmony with the planetary systems and each other

1) will have understanding about the tools and methodologies that companies can integrate to improve their own environmental performance and how to contribute to global challenges associated with pollution, energy, natural resource management and climate change;

2) will recognise how the private sector can contribute to dealing with environmental and social challenges in a way that simultaneously enhances the competitiveness of businesses and local economies;

3) will have professional knowledge and competencies for taking a role in a business to deliver effective solutions to environmental and social challenges and take on a leadership role;

4) should be able to become reflective leaders with the ability to critically examine issues and problems facing businesses and other organisations that are committed to achieving to sustainable development;

5) should be able to integrate and synthesise knowledge and professional skills for problem-solving.


Examples of previous capstone project:


The courses offer a variety of ways to gain as much trans disciplinary learning while also offering a few themes for those who wish to focus on a particular area.  For example, if you have a particular interest in supply chain issues, you may wish to follow the compulsory course “Decision-making in Value Chain Management” with the elective “Management Systems and Auditing”.  If you wish to explore sustainable finance, you can follow the compulsory course “Sustainable and Responsible Investment” with either, or both, electives “Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship” and “Transparency, Accountability and Disclosure”.  Another approach is to select courses across the key themes of Social Sciences & Sustainability, Organizational Responsibility and Professional and technical skills, to gain a broader exposure to the field especially if you are new to the field or you are expanding upon your current knowledge.  For a more tailored experience students accepted in to the programme may have discussions with the Programme Director and relevant instructors.

Compulsory Courses

Social Sciences and Sustainability

SLGP7001 Collaborative governance for low carbon transition

SLGP7004 Environmental economics and analysis

SLGP7005 Environmental policy and politics

Organizational Responsibility

SLGP7002 Corporate environmental management

SLGP7006 Sustainable and responsible investment

Professional & technical skills

SLGP7003 Decision-making in value chain management

Elective Courses

Social Sciences & Sustainability

SLGP7103 Social entrepreneurship and social innovation

SLGP7106 Sustainable Cities

Organizational Responsibility

SLGP7101 Business ethics and social responsibility

SLGP7104 Special Topics

Professional & technical skills

SLGP7102 Management systems and auditing

SLGP7105 Sustainability assessment tools for resource management

SLGP7107 Transparency, accountability & disclosure