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Cities Programme

Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/cities

About LSE Cities

The LSE Cities research centre, hosted by the Department of Sociology, sponsors numerous public lectures, seminars and events on urban issues, hosts international scholars and speakers, and is linked into national and international urban networks.

MPhil/PhD Cities

The Cities Programme is an innovative and interdisciplinary graduate programme that addresses the challenges of urban development and design in their social, economic, environmental and political contexts.

Its central objective is to relate the social and spatial organisation of cities and urban processes. The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to these issues, drawing on expertise and insights from the social and economic sciences, architecture and urban design, planning and environmental studies, and other fields.

The programme includes training in research design, practice and presentation, access to relevant graduate taught courses to enhance general and project-specific skills, a range of student-led and international collaborations and initiatives, and opportunities for exchange and networking through other partnerships

PhD students researching in the fields of cities, space, design, architecture and urban studies are an essential part of the Cities Programme culture. Our faculty and students come from a range of national as well as disciplinary contexts, enhancing the programme's vibrant research and teaching environment.

Taught programme


MPhil/PhD Cities

Application code: L4ZB (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 3 - 4 years (minimum 2)

Entry requirement: Merit in a taught master's degree in a related discipline

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Financial support), ESRC funding (see Economic and Social Research Council)

Application deadline: 9 June 2017. However please note the funding deadlines: 9 January (LSE PhD Studentships & ESRC) and 26 April 2017 (LSE PhD Studentships). Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents