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LSE Cities Programme

The Cities Programme is an innovative centre for graduate teaching and research on urban issues. The Programme's distinctive focus is on the relationship between the physical and social development of cities. It offers degrees at Masters and PhD levels. The MSc City Design and Social Science is based on interdisciplinary teamwork in research-based studios led by urban academics and practitioners. It draws directly from the exceptional range of expertise within and associated with LSE Cities.

We understand design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects social, spatial and material forms in the city. The Cities Programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach to these issues, drawing on expertise and insights from the social sciences, architecture and urban design, urban planning and related fields.

Students on the MPhil/PhD Cities conduct independent research under the supervision of expert supervisors. Doctoral students come from a range of national and disciplinary contexts, enhancing the Programme's vibrant research and teaching environment.

For more information, visit the Cities Programme website|.


Urban@LSE| is a portal for Masters and Doctoral teaching and for research activities on urban issues across the LSE. It aims to provide a resource for faculty, researchers and graduate students across the School, as well as an overview of urban teaching and research at LSE for prospective students and other visitors.

LSE has a distinctive concentration of urban specialists in a number of disciplinary areas, and is an unrivalled centre for postgraduate study in the area of city design, urban and regional planning, urbanisation and development, and the economic, social, political and policy aspects of contemporary urban life.

LSE researchers bring together a range of disciplinary expertise to link the urban social sciences with the design and governance of cities, urban infrastructure, environment and development, with a unique concentration of urban specialists in different subject areas - Development Studies, Economics, Geography and Environment, Government, Social Policy, and Sociology.

Executive Training

Through its international network of urban experts, LSE Cities will convene open-call and tailored executive training and education programmes directed at the upcoming generation or urban leaders and practitioners.