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MSc Urbanisation and Development

About the MSc programme

The MSc Urbanisation and Development offers students an integrated and up-to-date programme on urban development, which draws on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Department of Geography and Environment and the Department of International Development. Teaching staff are leading researchers in the field, and participate along with outside speakers in an intense schedule of LSE-based seminars and conferences.

This programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in social science, such as geography, development, sociology, planning or anthropology. Applicants with degrees in other subjects will be considered, especially if they have work or voluntary experience relevant to cities and/or development.

At a time when three-quarters of the world's urban population and over 90 per cent of future urban population growth will be in the developing world, it is vital we understand relationships between urban and development issues from both theoretical and empirical standpoints. The programme reviews urbanism from colonial to contemporary periods, emphasising demographic, social, economic, cultural and political processes. The programme pays particular attention to the origins and claims of development theory and practice, and the aims and achievements of contemporary urban policy from a wide variety of thematic and theoretical perspectives.

Programme details

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 two full units from a range of options. 

If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you may wish to audit additional methods training during your MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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

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Graduate destinations

Graduates enter a wide variety of employment including the public sector, non-governmental and civil society organisations, international agencies, research and consultancy, as well as further study.

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Application code: L8U6 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 20/119

Minimum entry requirement: Good 2:1 in social science subject such as geography, anthropology, sociology, planning, development, or a degree in another field with work experience relevant to cities and/or development (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. Early application is advised