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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
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Unleash your potential with the Urbanisation and Development MSc at LSE. Delve into the intricate web of urbanism, exploring historical to modern urban landscapes with a focus on demographic, social, economic, cultural, and political dimensions. This programme is your gateway to understanding the dynamic interplay between urban environments and development issues, equipping you with a robust theoretical and empirical foundation. From dissecting development theories to evaluating urban policies, you will gain a deep insight into real-world urban challenges and solutions. Benefit from dedicated academic support, including dissertation supervision and mentorship, ensuring your academic success. LSE LIFE offers a plethora of resources to enhance your skills and personal development. Upon graduation, a world of opportunities awaits in sectors such as public service, NGOs, research, and more. Join us on this transformative journey with no application deadline – seize the chance to shape your future now.

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The MSc Urbanisation and Development reviews urbanism from colonial to contemporary periods, emphasising demographic, social, economic, cultural and political processes.

At a time when three-quarters of the world's urban population, and over 90 per cent of future urban population growth, will be in the developing world, it is vital we understand the relationships between urban and development issues from both theoretical and empirical standpoints. This programme pays particular attention to the origins and claims of development theory and practice, and the aims and achievements of contemporary urban policy from a wide variety of thematic and theoretical perspectives.

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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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