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Full time & Part time September MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Sociology (33)

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Are you ready to shape the future of cities? The MSc City Design and Social Science at LSE is your gateway to becoming an interdisciplinary urban practitioner. This pioneering programme, established in 1998, delves into the intricate relationship between social dynamics and urban spaces. By blending design, research, and practice, you will tackle urban challenges from social, economic, and political perspectives. What sets this programme apart is its studio-based approach, attracting a diverse cohort of students from various backgrounds. You'll graduate equipped with a holistic skill set for urban project design and implementation across sectors. Benefit from academic mentorship, LSE LIFE's developmental resources, and a supportive alumni network. With no application deadline, seize the opportunity for rolling admissions. Explore international career prospects in urban design, planning, and development post-graduation. Join us to make a meaningful impact on the cities of tomorrow.

About the course


The MSc City Design and Social Science focuses on the relations between the social and spatial organisation of cities and urban environments.

We see design as a field of research, knowledge and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and integrates social, spatial and political approaches to the city. This ground-breaking programme was launched in 1998. It supports the development of interdisciplinary urban practitioners and scholars who can work across professional divides to have a positive impact on cities as both social and built environments. 

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Where is London School of Economics and Political Science


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Student Profiles

Carlo Castelli

The Cities Programme is certainly a place of academic excellence but is first and foremost a place of encounter of great individuals and friends.

Jacob Brown

I cannot say enough good things about the CDSS program. I really appreciated how the program provided a holistic academic framework that we could use to study cities in the ways that best suited us. I was able to take the analysis techniques and ideas we learned about in the program and apply them to my research on ethnic conflict and racial politics within the urban environment. Meanwhile, my peers examined cities through completely different angles, whether it be through looking at planning, sustainability, or architecture.

I think the greatest strength of the program is that all of these perspectives complement each other without one perspective dominating the discourse. I used to joke that if you talked to two different CDSS students that you could come away with drastically different ideas of what the program is about. This I consider an immense compliment.

Bethania Soriano

I would like to thank (my teachers) for a terrific year and a great experience with the programme! Reflecting back on the master's, I definitely feel I was exposed to a new wonderful world of social theories. I broadened my skill set, learned to write passably (such a challenge for an architect!), and to listen and negotiate different positions. I also learned how to think strategically about urban interventions. All in all, thank you for opening these doors!


The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

LSE makes available over GBP 15 million annually in financial aid for its students. Around one quarter of our graduate students receive financial support from the School.

At master’s level, the value of support given by LSE ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.

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