City Design and Social Science, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    27504 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    26976 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

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 was launched in 1998. It supports the development of interdisciplinary professionals who can work across professional divides to have a positive impact on cities as both social and built environments. 

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 master’s with a strong orientation to practice. The programme attracts students from different academic and professional backgrounds, reflecting the range of skills involved in urban policy, design and development today. 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.

You will 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 disciplinary boundaries.

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • City Design Research Studio: promotes an understanding of the city as a social and built environment and provides students with an appreciation of the complexities of urban design and development processes through in-depth research and project work on a critical site in London.
  • Cities by Design*: examines the relationship between built form and its social, political and cultural impacts in the changing city.
  • City-making: the Politics of Urban Form* provides a critical understanding of the political underpinnings of major urban development projects and practices across international city contexts.
  • Independent Project: allows students to work on an extended research or design project in consultation with a faculty supervisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Minimum entry requirement:
  • 2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualifications/experience in any relevant field of architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, social science, law and humanities, management, mathematics, statistics or natural science

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27504 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27504 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    26976 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26976 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.