The Executive MSc in Cities comprises five modules followed by an urban consultancy project. Each teaching module includes collaborative work, blended learning activities and live teaching weeks. It also includes assessment for a specific course. You will attend LSE for five one-week live teaching weeks, over a 12-month period, either in-person or remotely. The compulsory six-month urban consultancy project will be undertaken in your own organisation or for an external organisation.
Live teaching week dates
Week 1: 2-6 October 2023
Week 2: 27 November - 1 December 2023
Week 3: 26 February - 1 March 2024
Week 4: 22-26 April 2024
Week 5: 17-21 June 2024
(* denotes a half unit)
Cities in an Urban Age: Challenges and Opportunities*
Provides an intensive exploration of the global urbanisation and the state of cities. The course introduces different stages of urban development in cities and regions across the world. It provides an understanding of the key challenges facing both mature and rapidly developing metropolitan areas.
Cities and Society: Design and Social Cohesion*
Focuses on some of the major drivers of urban inequality and poverty and the key actions that cities are taking to reduce urban inequalities through urban design, infrastructure and policy. This is a heavily applied course providing you with tools to analyse the socio-demographic profile of households and neighbourhoods and their relation to spatial distribution and clustering in cities of the developing and developed world.
Cities and the Economy: Urban Economic Development and Finance*
An applied course looking at how cities position themselves in a competitive global economy and at the roles of city, government and firms in driving local economic development. The course introduces key methodologies to measure and analyse the city economy as well as policies and tools available to attract investment and finance and improve growth and competitiveness. The course uses case-based challenges, futures and foresight techniques to put economic strategies to the test.
Cities and the Environment: Urban Environmental Transitions*
Explores critical aspects of environmental sustainability in relation to both urbanisation globally and urban change in individual cities. The applied components of the course provide relevant tools to measure, analyse and assess environmental impact and develop environmental strategies. The course introduces debates on different green-city paradigms and focuses specifically on approaches to urban climate change mitigation and adaptation. The course further examines implications for urban planning, governance and management.
Urban Infrastructure and Strategic Planning
A workshop-based course providing practical insights on infrastructure development and strategic planning for cities. The course combines a series of lectures with studio-based group work on a case study city. Students are introduced to all key components of urban infrastructure, cutting across transport, energy, water, waste and digital network systems.
Urban Development and Master Planning
Urban Development and Master Planning is an applied group project based on a major regeneration site. Groups will be introduced to one of the regeneration sites' project teams which will include: local planning officers, developers, planners, designers and financing teams.
Urban Consultancy Project
A six-month individual consultation undertaken in your own organisation or for an external organisation. Through the consultancy project, you will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first six courses of the programme to craft policy or programme improvements for public or private agencies and non-profit organisations. Through in-depth interviews with the organisation’s leaders as well as the relevant stakeholders, you need to focus on a specific project and offer advice on one or more of its design and implementation phases.
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