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MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies

About the MSc programme

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme enjoys a long and well-respected tradition of training both young planners and mid-career professionals seeking career advancement. We are unique among graduate planning schools, offering a strongly interdisciplinary programme based on the economics, geography and the politics of land-use planning. Our aim is to develop an understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a strong set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These perspectives and skills will be applied to London and to a wide range of countries and cities through lectures, site visits, fieldwork and seminar debate.

The MSc programme enjoys an international reputation and attracts students from all over the world including North and South America, Asia and Europe. We are accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and provide strong professional linkages through our very active alumni network and links to both the Association of European Planning Schools and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The programme is ideally suited to both academically excellent recent graduates and mid-level career professionals.

Programme details

The programme has a strong sense of identity, which is built up through a series of London walks in the first term that help orient students to the capital, alumni events held throughout the year and a field trip during the spring vacation. The destination for the trip is chosen by the students in conjunction with the faculty and is typically held in continental Europe. Recent student cohorts have chosen Turin, Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow and Amsterdam. The cost of this visit (about £300) is not covered by tuition fees. The students also run a Planning Society, which organises speakers, shorter trips and social events.

Teaching is based primarily on lectures, seminars, a fieldwork project and tutorials. In general, minimum teaching contact  for a full unit course is usually 40 hours, and 20 hours for a half unit. This programme benefits from a partnership agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors conferring professional recognition and is also available as part of a double degree programme with LSE-Sciences Po. For more information please see www.sciencespo.fr/en

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options. Normally, students chose their optional courses based on specialisation. Topics include: Local Economic Development; Environmental Policy and Planning; Development in the Global South and Social Policy.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates typically go on to careers in planning consultancies, local and regional government, real estate and property development; and community advocacy organisations. Further details about graduate destinations can be found on our website and in our annual newsletters.


Application code: L8U4 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24-48 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 40/156

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in relevant social science or professional qualifications and experience (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions.

Note: Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

A photo of Teis Hansen, an LSE student