The MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies is a unique planning programme as it is based on the economics, geography and the politics of land-use planning, drawing on LSE’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching. The programme has a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals. It attracts students from all over the world including North and South America, Asia and Europe.
The MSc aims to provide a common understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development.
We provide strong professional linkages through our very active alumni network and links to the Association of European Planning Schools. This programme benefits from a partnership agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), thus conferring professional recognition upon graduation.
Our graduates typically go on to careers in planning consultancies, local and regional government, real estate and property development; and community advocacy organisations.
I was attracted to LSE by its reputation, and then of course the fact that the programme suited my interests. The programme covers a lot of different aspects of regional/urban geography, and one of its great strengths is the way London is used as a case. Most of the subjects discussed in class can be related to the world right outside the classroom. The teaching is of very high quality, and I love the fact that the social life within the programme is very good. Living in London is great but for me the most important thing is that LSE is such an international university. Almost everybody comes from abroad and that has two positive consequences. Firstly, people have many different experiences which they can contribute to the teaching; and secondly you don't feel like you are a foreigner – because everybody is that, and people are very open towards you. The variety of activities which are not directly related to study is impressive. I'm thinking of the societies, the Careers Service, the Language Centre and especially all the public lectures, which have been very interesting to follow. Once I leave LSE, I will be working as an analyst in a consulting firm in Copenhagen, working within the field of regional policy and local economic development.
Hector Cordero Irigoyen
LSE’s planning programme provides a unique approach to urban planning, it’s designed to help you understand urban policy as an integrated toolkit bridging the social, political and economic aspects to foster urban development.
One of LSE’s advantages is that it provides an unbeatable platform from which to build international networks. My background was in sustainable transport, so this programme seemed ideal as it would broaden and complement my work experience with new fields of analysis and I also sought to strengthen my technical skills for economic analysis. The best thing about the programme though was being able to build my own degree, thanks to the wide choice of optional courses.
Studying at LSE has numerous advantages. I was so impressed by the quality of the public lectures offered on a daily basis – bringing top politicians, scientists, Nobel Prize winners and presidents to talk to us. It’s a truly international university which creates a very interesting atmosphere – you meet people from places you would never have imagined! Of course, its location in central London is second to none – you are within walking distance of some of the best entertainment options in town.
The flexibility of my programme has allowed me to devote considerable time to my final research project on the urban and transport policy in Mexico City. My interest is to diagnose Mexico’s current and future institutional challenges in this sector and provide a small yet significant contribution to its overall situation. After learning fieldwork techniques at LSE, I went to Mexico City where I interviewed some high level decision-makers who were very happy to contribute to my research project. When you go knocking on doors with the LSE name behind you, I feel as if people want to welcome you and really show an interest in your work.
My hope for the future is to get involved directly in policy research and implementation for urban development in Latin America. There is now a growing interest in investing in urban infrastructure in this region but there is also an urgent need to set down some guidelines to prevent urban sprawl, improve connectivity and protect the environment.
2:1 degree or equivalent in relevant social science or professional qualifications and experience; English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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