The calibre of students and lecturers has expanded my horizons and further sharpened, not only my understanding of the challenges cities face, but also my ability to craft impactful interventions.

All Executive MSc participants undertake five core courses and choose a single elective course. 


All Executive MSc in Cities participants undertake the following courses:

Cities in an Urban Age: Challenges and Opportunities

An introduction to the structural dynamics that shape the way cities are governed, planned and managed in different regions across the globe. The course outlines the key environmental, social and economic drivers that determine urban change in the 21st century. 

Teaching is conducted in Module 1. 

Cities and Society: Design and Social Cohesion

The connections between how cities are configured and the impact on different social, ethnic and economic groups – including migrants, youth and the elderly - are explored in a course that investigates how the design and planning of cities can either promote social inclusion or exacerbate divisions in urban society. 

Teaching is conducted in Modules 2, 3 & 4

Cities and the Economy: Urban Economic Development and Finance

This applied course investigates how city governments, investors and firms can drive inclusive local development in a competitive global economy. Using case studies and real-life examples, the course identifies better ways to measure the city economy and looks at how urban policy can play a key role in steering it through industrial strategies, investments in innovation and fiscal policy.

Teaching is conducted in Modules 2, 3 & 4

Cities and the Environment: Urban Environmental Transitions

Recognising the critical role that cities play in successfully responding to the global ecological and climate crisis, the course identifies how the negative impacts of urban development on the environment – linked to urban sprawl, motorisation and resource use – can be reversed through innovative governance, green policies and practices that transform the way we develop and inhabit cities and regions in the future.

Teaching is conducted in Modules 2, 3 & 4

Urban Consultancy Project

The six-month final report allows participants to develop a tailor-made consultancy designed to respond to the actual urban needs of an organisation or city of their choice, including public sector agencies, corporations and companies, NGOs and international bodies. 


All Executive MSc in Cities participants undertake one of the following elective EMC Lab courses during Module 5: 

Urban Infrastructure and Strategic Planning

A collaborative group-based workshop brings together participants with representatives of an external organisation to provide input and practical insights on infrastructure development and strategic planning for cities.

Urban Development and Masterplanning

A collaborative group-based workshop engages participants with real-life clients, landowners and city authorities to tackle selected planning, design and development issues on a major urban regeneration site.