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LSE and The Mercers' Company offer new urban design scholarships

Two new scholarships in the total value £25,000 are available for UK students to study LSE's MSc in City Design and Social Science, with preference given to students from inner cities The scholarships are generously funded by The Mercers' Company, the premier livery company of the City of London.

The scholarships are targeted at talented and committed students from inner-city areas in the UK for full-time study in the LSE MSc City Design and Social Science programme. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 June to start in October 2004.

The MSc in City Design and Social Science is an intensive graduate programme that links urban social sciences with the design of cities. Many of its graduates, who come from different social science, policy and design backgrounds, have easily found employment in the public and private sector, in the UK and abroad.

The course provides the core skills required to operate in complex urban environments by helping students understand the processes of urban change and the consequences of design decisions on people and their environments. As such, it responds to the growing need for urban skills in the UK urban regeneration sector by training graduates to evaluate, design and deliver large-scale urban projects, with a particular emphasis on inner-city sites.

In addition to this award, LSE offers several Merit Awards to the value of £8,000 per student which are available to all strong applicants to the programme.

Cities Programme Director Ricky Burdett said: 'These new scholarships from The Mercers' Company recognise the importance of providing the opportunity of post graduate training for those hoping to work in those fields concerned with improving life in cities. With proposals for the Thames Gateway development and the growth of cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, this is a time when students from the Cities Programme can make a significant contribution to urban environments.'

If you would like more details and/or an application form for The Mercers' Company Cities Programme MSc Scholarship please visit the Financial Support Office| section on the main LSE website. For more information on the MSc City Design and  Social Science course please see our website: LSE Cities|


For press enquiries, contact: Kathryn Firth on 020 7955 6593 or email k.firth@lse.ac.uk|


Deadline for applications is 1 June 2004. Selection is based on 1) academic merit, 2) financial need. Up to two scholarships will be granted per year. The LSE reserves the right not to award scholarships if appropriate applicants do not apply.

Further details and an application form can be found at Scholarships for study at LSE|

Graduates from the MSc City Design and Social Science are employed by the following organisations:

Public sector: Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, London; Greater London Authority; Peabody Trust, London; London Borough of Camden; Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, New York; Port Authority, New York and New Jersey; Urban Design Department, City of Stuttgart, Germany; Development & Planning Department, Oslo, Norway; Urban Design & Planning, City of Cairo.

Private sector: urban design, planning practices & property development; Kohn Pederson Fox, London; Arup Associates, London; Ove Arup & Partners; EDAW, London; Alan Baxter & Associates, London; Jones Lang Lasalle, London & Paris; Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Hines Corporation; KPMG, Athens, Greece; Lake Estates.

Others proceed to academic careers, teaching or pursuing a post-graduate degree.

31 March 2004