COVID-19 Update

To meet the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be making important changes to the 2021/22 Executive MSc in Cities programme. These changes will ensure that all participants can attend teaching safely, regardless of local or international restrictions. 

The Executive MSc in Cities is an international programme and has convened participants from over 80 cities since its launch in 2016. The ongoing disruption to international travel is likely to continue for some time and we are aware that this may prevent some participants from travelling to London. 

To meet this need, the Executive MSc in Cities will adopt a ‘hybrid-flex’ approach to teaching throughout the 2021/22 academic year. This will give participants the choice to attend teaching in-person in London or remotely via Zoom. 

 The Hybrid-Flex Approach

The hybrid-flex approach is the product of the programme team’s experience of delivering a world-class urban education programme. It is designed to offer the full Executive MSc in Cities experience to all participants, even if they are unable to travel to London for teaching modules. 

Hybrid-flex is based upon a blended learning approach, which combines high-quality asynchronous learning sessions delivered via the LearnWorlds platform and live sessions which can be attended in-person in London or remotely via Zoom.

The LearnWorlds sessions include video lectures, interviews, texts, real-world data and interactive learning activities which can be completed in your own time ahead of each teaching module. The content of these sessions is then elaborated on during live sessions, providing you with the opportunity to share your own expertise, experience and viewpoints with LSE Faculty, guest speakers and your fellow participants. This approach will allow to leverage the knowledge of academics and experienced urban professionals to address the challenges your city faces. 

Hybrid-Flex Key Facts

  • All modules will be taught on an in-person basis for participants who can travel to London. Participants who cannot travel to London can join remotely via Zoom. Please note that in-person teaching will be offered whenever possible, subject to UK government guidance. 
  • Participants will be given the opportunity to choose between in-person and remote teaching ahead of each teaching module. 
  • Live sessions for all participants will take place from 11.00 to 15.00 (London local time) each day (Monday to Friday) during teaching modules. 
  • Further collaboration and networking sessions will be scheduled outside of these sessions. Additional in-person networking opportunities will be provided if there are sufficient numbers of participants in London. 
  • All participants will undertake LearnWorlds sessions in the lead up to each teaching module and will be available 10 days before the accompanying live session. 
  • LearnWorlds sessions for each module will take approximately 10 to 15 hours to complete. These are designed to be taken at your own pace and the programme team will provide a deadline for completion so you can organise your time in a way that works for you. 
  • Between teaching modules there will be group challenges where you will work collaboratively with your fellow participants, LSE Faculty and professional specialists to complete an assessed project. 

Your Safety

Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of the LSE community and we will continue to follow government guidance to keep our participants and staff safe. LSE has already instituted social distancing and other safety measures which we continue to review on a regular basis. This includes one-way systems in campus buildings, on-site rapid testing and compulsory face coverings for inside areas (including classrooms).

We are unable to predict exactly what measures will be required on campus during 2021/22 teaching modules. However, we expect that some restrictions will be in place for part or all of the year. These are likely to include limits on indoor networking activities and compulsory face coverings during classes. We will share further details of these measures closer to the start of the programme.