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MSc in Urbanisation and Development

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Programme Code: TMURDV

Department: Geography & Environment

For students starting this programme of study in 2020/21

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take courses to the value of four full units.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

GY452 Urban Research Methods (0.5) and GY459 Urban Theory and Policy in the Global South (0.5) #

Paper 2

Courses to the value of between 0.5 unit(s) (minimum) and 1.0 unit(s) (maximum) from the following:


DV400 Development: History, Theory and Policy (1.0) #


DV407 Poverty (0.5) A


DV411 Population and Development: an Analytical Approach (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


DV418 African Development (0.5)


DV420 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV421 Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Development (0.5) B


DV433 The Informal Economy and Development (0.5)


DV442 Key Issues in Development Studies (0.5)


DV464 Democracy and Development (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


In exceptional cases it may be possible to make alternative choices for Paper 2 with the approval of the Programme Director.

Paper 3

Courses up to the value of 1.0 unit (or 1.5 units if only choosing a half unit from Paper 2) from the following:


GY400 The Economics of Urbanisation (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


GY421 Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives (0.5) #  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GY431 Cities, People and Poverty in the South (0.5) #


GY432 Urban Ethnography (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GY438 Cities and Social Change in East Asia (0.5) #


GY439 Cities, Politics and Citizenship (0.5)


GY441 The Politics of Housing (0.5)


GY446 Planning for Sustainable Cities (0.5)


GY449 Urban Futures (0.5)


GY455 Economic Appraisal and Valuation (0.5)


GY467 Global Migration and Development (0.5)  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GY470 Urban Africa (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GY479 Urban Transformations (0.5)


GY480 Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


SO480 Urban Inequalities (0.5)


Other urban and/or development courses available in the School as approved by the programme director.

Paper 4

GY488 Dissertation - MSc Urbanisation and Development (1.0) C


A : Capped course with priority for International Development students so admission not guaranteed.

B : Capped course with priority for International Development students so admission not guaranteed.

C : On an approved topic.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.