MSc Urbanisation and Development

Course Introduction

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.

The programme attempts to provide a conceptual and empirical basis from which to understand urban problems and critically evaluate prescribed solutions. You will develop an understanding of urban theory and development theory and how they apply to real world situations. You will learn how policy intentions and outcomes can be evaluated from economic, social, political and cultural perspectives, from international to local scales, and in ways sensitive to concerns for gender, ethnicity, social justice and democratic deepening.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as assistant, associate and full professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers, visiting members of staff, and LSE teaching fellows, who are usually final stage doctoral research students or post-doctoral scholars.

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE MSc Urbanisation and Development courses use a range of formative exercises such as essays and student presentations. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of, or after, the course.

Careers

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.

Start Date

2020-SEP-28. 2020-SEP-28.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,640 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £22,608 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,320 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £11,304 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a social science subject such as: geography, anthropology, sociology, planning or development. Alternately a degree in another field with work experience relevant to cities and/or development could be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a social science subject such as: geography, anthropology, sociology, planning or development. Alternately a degree in another field with work experience relevant to cities and/or development could be considered. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 6.5); TOEFL 100 (Reading 23, Listening 22, Writing 24, Speaking 22).
  • TOEFL score: 100