M.Sc. City Design and Social Science

London School of Economics and Political Science | London , United Kingdom
This innovative, interdisciplinary programme sets the complex challenges of city design and development in their social, economic, environmental and political contexts. It is unique as a studio-based masters with a strong orientation to practice located within a world-leading social science institution.

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The programme draws students from different academic and professional backgrounds, reflecting the range of skills involved in urban policy, design and development today: architecture, engineering, planning and transport studies; economic, social and policy sciences; geography and environmental science; law and humanities; business and management; real estate and finance. Candidates should have a good first degree, or equivalent professional qualifications in a relevant field; professional and voluntary experience will also be taken fully into account. Each year, around 40 per cent of our student intake comes from architecture, urban design, planning or engineering, with around 60 per cent coming from backgrounds in social, economic and management science, law, humanities and the natural sciences.

The MSc City Design and Social Science focuses on the relations between the physical and social organisation of cities and urban environments. We see design as a field of research, knowledge and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and integrates social, spatial and physical approaches to the city. This ground-breaking programme, launched in 1998, aims to support the development of interdisciplinary professionals who can work across professional divides to have a positive impact on cities as both social and built environments. Graduates leave the programme with a well-rounded set of research, analytical and practical skills for the design, development and implementation of urban projects across the public, private and community sectors, and the ability to work creatively and effectively across

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None - rolling admissions
Tuition fee
  • GBP 25440 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 24936 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • City Design Research Studio
  • Cities by Design*
  • Independent Project
  • City-making: the Politics of Urban Form*

English Language Requirements

IELTS Take IELTS test
7
CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
627
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
107

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Requirements

Good first degree or equivalent professional qualifications/experience in any relevant field of architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, social science, management, mathematics, statistics or natural science

English requirement:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test or 107 in the internet based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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