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MSc City Design and Social Science

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The MSc City Design and Social Science is an innovative master’s programme that focuses on the relations between city design and the physical, social, and political organisation of cities and urban environments. Design is explored as a field of research, knowledge, and practice that shapes urban space, responds to urban problems and possibilities of transformation, and integrates critical and practical approaches to the city.

This interdisciplinary programme combines an exciting and diverse range of learning experiences. It is distinctive as a studio-based master’s with a social science foundation and a strong orientation to practice. We engage in intensive research on practical urban contexts in the core studio workshop, with taught courses on critical urban theories, the implications of contemporary urban politics for city-making, and the changing nature of design practice, as well as options chosen from the suite of urban courses taught across LSE. An international field trip supports and extends the intensive teaching programme. In addition, you will undertake an independent project under faculty supervision.

You will take compulsory and optional courses from leading urban faculty across LSE, and meet eminent urban scholars and practitioners in a series of dedicated masterclasses. This rewarding programme aims to promote interdisciplinary practitioners, academics, and professionals who will engage with the city in a holistic manner and have a positive impact on the making of the urban environment.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the programme find international career opportunities across the urban design, planning and development fields in the public, private and community sectors – as designers and planners, project managers and consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs. A vibrant alumni network offers guidance and support for current students and recent graduates.

Visit the MSc City Design and Social Science page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Feldman

4974.jpg I really enjoy the interdisciplinary nature of the Cities Programme, which brings together students from design and non-design backgrounds to study cities. Coming from a background in architecture, it is refreshing to work with students from different disciplines who bring a wide range of experiences and opinions to our discussions and group projects.
Having grown-up and attended school in the United States, the opportunity to study at LSE was a chance to extend my personal and educational boundaries to another country. Because LSE is made up of many international students, it's like studying at a world university. Being able to study cities in the centre of London has been an amazing experience for me. My programme has used London as a resource to further understand the challenges and benefits of cities.

In addition to the benefits of studying at such a diverse school, I have had the opportunity to work at two conferences which brought together many of the leading researchers and practitioners in my field. Following my time at LSE I will be pursuing my Masters in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent, relevant professional qualifications/experience in architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, social science, law, economics and management will also be considered as appropriate; Standard English level score

Last Updated

29 September 2016

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