Programme Overview

The Executive MSc in Cities is aimed at urban professionals who want to rethink the way their organisations are delivering large-scale change in cities. Using an evidence-based approach, the programme builds upon LSE Cities’ extensive interdisciplinary urban research programme and social science research methods to train the urban leaders of tomorrow. 


This 18-month executive programme is delivered in five teaching modules, followed by a six-month urban consultancy project in the participant’s own organisation.

Each of the teaching modules features lectures, workshops and seminars led by LSE’s world-leading faculty and high-profile guest speakers with direct governmental, civic and industrial experience of urban change. Through these sessions, participants are exposed to the latest analysis, strategy and delivery tools to address urgent issues of urban inequality, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Between teaching weeks, participants work together on challenges based upon urgent issues which are facing cities. These challenges are designed with help from global NGOs (including the C40 network) and local government authorities. 

Following the last teaching module, participants complete an urban consultancy project in their own organisation (or an organisation of their own choosing). Supervision support is provided remotely, allowing participants to work locally without fixed teaching dates. 

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Programme Structure and Hybrid Flex

The Executive MSc in Cities comprises of five modules taught over 12 months and a six-month urban consultancy project. Each module features collaborative work, live teaching weeks and blended learning materials to be completed by programme participants prior to live teaching.

You will attend LSE for five one-week live teaching weeks, over a 12-month period, either in-person or remotely. Live teaching includes a mix of seminars, case challenges, workshops, group work, site visits, presentations and pitches. 

As part of the hybrid-flex teaching model, all Executive MSc in Cities participants have the option to attend live teaching in-person or remotely. Please see our Hybrid Flex page for further information

The compulsory six-month urban consultancy project will be undertaken in your own organisation or for an external organisation.. 


MODULE 1: THE CHALLENGE (Live teaching: 2–6 October 2023)

What are the world’s major urban challenges? Meet the decision makers who are leading through change and analyse your organisation’s position.

MODULE 2: ANALYSIS (Live teaching: 27 November–1 December 2023)

The analytic frameworks to help you understand the latest economic, environmental and social trends in cities, including key performance indicators and understanding multi-criteria assessments.

MODULE 3: STRATEGY (Live teaching: 26 February - 1 March 2024)

Strategic visions, forecasting and innovation. How are cities positioning themselves for more sustainable futures? How can broader conceptual ideas be translated to specific urban contexts?

MODULE 4: DELIVERY (Live teaching: 22–26 April 2024)

Delivery vehicles, governance structures and financing mechanisms for environmental, social and economic programmes and projects.

MODULE 5: EMC LAB (Live teaching: 17–21 June 2024)

Participants will be working as consultants for one of two city-focused institutions. One organisation will be seeking your taskforce’s advice on a metropolitan level infrastructure project. The other on a master plan for a development area.