This course provides an opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory and policy in an international context. It fulfils the current demand to build capacity and skills for strategic analysis and policy-making. We place a distinctive emphasis on the links between theory, policy and practice.
The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), where you will be based, has played a leading role in contemporary academic and policy debates for over 35 years, and our research contributes directly to the teaching of this course. It offers you a great opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory, governance and policy in an international context.
You are taught by highly research active staff in a welcoming and supportive environment. We use interactive and participant focused teaching methods, including:
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as the arts, humanities or social sciences (eg geography, planning, urban studies, environmental studies, sociology, politics, history or business studies). We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industry experience. Applicants based in the UK may be invited to interview.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.
Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:
No work experience is required.
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