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Future Cities with Advanced Practice (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

Be part of the Future. Cities around the world are facing acute challenges and with this course, could you be the person who finds the solutions?

The MSc in Future Cities is the first course of its kind in the UK that is looking into the future of cities and provides you with the skills and knowledge to establish long term solutions using data and social science.

The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050, seven out of ten people will be living in cities; yet as the UN-Habitat programme explains, cities are already using 78% of the earth’s resources and produce 60% of its CO2.

While the future of cities has become the main topic of discussion for local governments around the globe, it is becoming more apparent that the issues need a more holistic approach. This course will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the geography, space, location and built and natural environment and their growing connection and dependencies on data in order for you to develop holistic solutions.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.


This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time in one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position but ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.


If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Architecture and Built Environment Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

Visit our website: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/future-cities-with-advanced-practice-msc-ft-dtsfic6/

Who would this Course suit?

Are you interesting in cities and achieving integrated and co-created solutions to city problems? Do you want to establish a better understanding of geography and the built and natural environment, developing technical skills to find out how data can be utilized for the good of the city? Then this two-year master’s course for you.

Visit the Future Cities with Advanced Practice (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK Bachelor’s degree (1st, 2:1 or 2:2) in any built and natural Environment subjects or computer programming related subject area or equivalent overseas qualification (Geography Landscape Architecture, City Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Architectural/Environmental Engineering, Computing etc.)

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