M.Sc. City Design and Social Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP25440 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP24936 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
This innovative, interdisciplinary City Design and Social Science programme from London School of Economics and Political Science sets the complex challenges of city design and development in their social, economic, environmental and political contexts. It is unique as a studio-based masterís with a strong orientation to practice located within a world-leading social science institution.



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 offered by London School of Economics and Political 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

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Tuition fee
  • GBP25440 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP24936 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

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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

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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