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MSc in City Design and Social Science

Programme Code: TMCIDSS

Department: Sociology

For students starting this programme of study in 2022/23

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 which can also be taken part-time over three years. Students must take the City Design: Research Studio course, two compulsory half-unit courses, an independent project, and one unit of optional courses.

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

SO448 City Design: Research Studio (1.0)

Papers 2 & 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


PP465 City-Making: the Politics of Urban Form (0.5)


SO451 Cities by Design (0.5)


SO480 Urban Inequalities (0.5)

Paper 4

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


GY409 Globalisation and territorial development: Theory, Evidence and Policy (0.5)


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


GY438 Urban Asia: Cities and Social Change (0.5)


GY439 Cities, Politics and Citizenship (0.5)


GY441 The Politics of Housing (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


GY448 Social and Political Aspects of Planning (0.5)


GY455 Economic Appraisal and Valuation (0.5)


GY477 Race and Capitalism in North America (0.5)


GY479 Urban Transformations (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


MY424 Advanced qualitative field methods for researching space and place (0.5) #  (not available 2022/23)


PP465 City-Making: the Politics of Urban Form (0.5)


SO451 Cities by Design (0.5)


SO473 Crime, Control and the City (0.5)


SO475 Material Culture and Design (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


SO477 Urban Social Theory (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


SO480 Urban Inequalities (0.5)


SO492 Qualitative Social Research Methods (0.5)


SO4C5 The Social Life of Infrastructure (0.5)


SP435 Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities (0.5) #  (not available 2022/23)


SP437 International Housing and Human Settlements; Conflicts and Communities (0.5)  (not available 2022/23)


Any other course in the Department of Sociology, or other departments (special permission only), by agreement with the course tutor.

Paper 5

SO449 Independent Project (1.0)

# 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.