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MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies

About the MSc programme

The 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 debates.

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

Programme details

The programme incorporates a series of London walks and a UK based field trip in the first term that help orient students to planning in England. Alumni events are held throughout the year and there is also 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 Bucharest. 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.

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. If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you need to take some methods training as part of the MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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.


Application code: L8U4 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 31/155

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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

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