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MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies

About the MSc programme

The MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies is a unique planning programme as it is based on the economics, geography and the politics of land-use planning, drawing on LSE’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching. The programme has a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals. It attracts students from all over the world including North and South America, Asia and Europe.

The MSc aims to provide a common understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development.

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 (RICS), thus conferring professional recognition upon graduation.

Programme details

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.

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Application code: L8U4 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

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

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 £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support), ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see Economic and Social Research Council), Oram-Stott-Schlusche Scholarship

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines for ESRC funding: 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents

Note: Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Intake/applications in 2016: 34/140

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