M.Sc. City Design and Social Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Applicants come from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, reflecting the range of skills involved in urban policy, design and development. Candidates should have a good first degree, or equivalent professional qualifications in any relevant field of architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, social science, law and humanities, management, mathematics, statistics or natural science. Relevant professional experience will also be taken fully into account. Each year, around 40 per cent of our student intake comes from architecture, design or engineering, with around 60 per cent coming from a range of backgrounds in social, economic and management science, law or humanities.

The Cities Programme is an innovative centre for graduate teaching and research on urban issues, and is the graduate component of the LSE Cities research centre|. The MSc programme studies the relations between the physical and social organisation of cities and urban space. We see design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects social, spatial and material forms in the city. This programme, launched in 1998, aims to promote a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who engage with the city in a holistic manner and have a positive impact on the making of cities and the built environment. Graduates will be able to integrate their skills with the other professions involved in the design, development and implementation of urban projects both within the private and public sector.

The programme combines intensive design research on urban themes in a studio workshop with taught courses on core topics and options from a range of relevant subjects taught across the School, together with an independent design project or research dissertation in the third term, and an international field-trip to support and extend the students' project work.

PhD students in the Cities Programme engage formally - through teaching - and informally with the MSc students. Public lectures, expert seminars and masterclasses on key urban issues complement the programme, and students are linked with the other urban teaching programmes at LSE.

Contents

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

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

Options

Choose a total of one full unit:

* The Economics of Urban and Regional Planning*
* Economics of Local and Regional Development*
* Contemporary Urbanism
* Globalisation and Regional Development*
* Planning for Sustainable Cities*
* Economic Appraisal and Valuation*
* Social Exclusion, Inequality and the 'Underclass' Debate*
* Social and Political Aspects of Regional and Urban Planning*
* International Housing and Human Settlements*
* Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities*
* Cities and Social Change in East Asia*
* Cities, Politics and Citizenship*
* Cities, People and Poverty in the South*
* Urban Environment*
* The Urban Revolution*

Not all these options may be available, and additional options may be available.

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 627
TOEFL iBT® test: 107

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

Fee reductions and rewards
LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

Scholarships for study at LSE

LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.

Awards

If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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