London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

This MA will help you become a pioneer in the field of cultural and urban commons. You'll gain expertise through design shared values and assets, self governance, peer to peer economic models and working with government agencies to develop related policies. As a student you gain membership to the International Association for the Study of the Commons. This will enable you to gain awards, as well as access international collaboration opportunities and platforms for knowledge exchange following your MA.

**More about this course**

On this MA you'll have access to renowned partnering industries and political institutions such as UN Habitat through its New Urban Agenda 2016 programme, Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange programme, the Greater London Authority’s London Curriculum and the Government Office for Science, advocating commons as part of Future of Cities research.

This unique course teaches you the discourse of commons, both historical and current. It teaches commoning practices in a live context. You'll learn about public policies and how they are made, social theories and citizenship, micro economies, as well as a range of art and design teaching, from relational art, visual communication and performance to interiors, architecture and photography. You'll have the opportunity to tailor your learning by choosing from many subjects to construct your own unique curriculum.

In the UK, commons and co'production are referred to in government policies and tenders. They are currently being discussed in the EU parliament. On this course you will become an expert in executing best practice. Beyond teaching you to initiate your own commoning practice, you'll also learn how to raise funds and make your initiatives sustainable in the long term.

We'll support you in applying for mentoring programmes following your MA, to develop your practice/initiative into a viable social enterprise.

Course Modules

Autumn semester modules:

School of Social Sciences

History and Theory of Human Rights

Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global

School of Social Professions

Multi'level Governance

Comparative Public Policy

The Cass

Histories and Theories on Commons

Research and Methods: Commoning practices

Spring semester modules:

School of Social Sciences

Citizenship and Social Justice

The Cass

Economics of Place

Theoretical Studies for Art, Architecture and Design

Research and Methods: Commoning practices

Summer semester module:

Project: Commons and their implementation

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,345 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £12,515 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will be required to have typically a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline.
  • A full university application form will need to be submitted which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to- date CV and copies of award certificates.
  • If you have low qualifications but portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier
  • 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For
  • more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. English
  • language 6.5 average.
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).