The MSc Urbanisation and Development offers students an integrated and up-to-date programme on urban development, which draws on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Department of Geography and Environment and the Department of International Development. Teaching staff are leading researchers in the field, and participate along with outside speakers in an intense schedule of LSE-based seminars and conferences.
This programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in social science, such as geography, development, sociology, planning or anthropology. Applicants with degrees in other subjects will be considered, especially if they have work or voluntary experience relevant to cities and/or development.
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 relationships between urban and development issues from both theoretical and empirical standpoints. The programme reviews urbanism from colonial to contemporary periods, emphasising demographic, social, economic, cultural and political processes. The 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.
Minimum teaching contact for a full unit course is usually 40 hours, and 20 hours for a half unit.
Urban Theory and Policy in the Global South* concentrates on key urban policy debates in the developing world, particularly over the past two decades. Urban Research Methods* provides an introduction to key methods used in research on urbanising societies around the world, particularly in the Global South. Dissertation. Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.
If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you may wish to audit additional methods training during your MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
Graduates enter a wide variety of employment including the public sector, non-governmental and civil society organisations, international agencies, research and consultancy, as well as further study.
Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need.The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.
Value of Scholarship(s)
The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.
Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.
If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less than 4 weeks since you submitted your application.
The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Value of award varies
Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.
Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.
You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.
Good 2:1 or overseas equivalent in geography, development, sociology, planning, anthropology or or a degree in another field with work experience relevant to cities and/or development; No GRE/GMAT requirement; English standard level
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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