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The MSc City Design and Social Science focuses on the relations between the spatial and social life 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 political 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 many 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; a strong background in the conceptual and political dimensions of urban problems; and the ability to work creatively and effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

The MSc City Design and Social Science focuses on the relations between the spatial and social life 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 political approaches to the city. This ground-breaking programme was launched in 1998. It...

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Course Content

You will take four compulsory courses including a core studio workshop, taught courses on critical urban theories and issues, and options chosen from the suite of urban courses taught across LSE. You will also undertake an independent project under faculty supervision. 

Guest practitioners from industry, expert speakers and masterclasses on key urban issues complement the core academic programme, and you will be linked into the wealth of urban expertise across LSE. 

An international field-trip supports and extends your intensive teaching programme in London. 

(* denotes half unit)

City Design: Research Studio 
Promotes an understanding of the city as a social and built environment and provides you 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. 

Courses to the value of one unit from the following:
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. 
Urban Social Theory*

Provides a comprehensive introduction to urban social theory.

Independent Project
Allows you to work on an extended research or design project in consultation with a faculty supervisor.  

Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study.

You will take four compulsory courses including a core studio workshop, taught courses on critical urban theories and issues, and options chosen from the suite of urban courses taught across LSE. You will also undertake an independent project under faculty supervision.  Guest practitioners from industry, expert speakers and masterclasses on key urban issues complement the core...

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Entry Requirements

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English) or

  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below or

  • You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level.

Please note that 2+2 undergraduate degrees where less than three years has been spent in a majority English-speaking country and degrees taken at overseas campuses of English speaking institutions in non majority English speaking countries (eg Chinese campuses of UK institutions) are insufficient to meet our requirements and you will be required to supply a test score. The same is true for students of the University of London International Programme (UoLIP) whose study has not been undertaken in a majority English-speaking country.

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways: You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English) or You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one...

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Assessment Methods

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course...

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Additional Information

UK/EU students: £28,056
Overseas students: £28,608

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Start date :- 30 September 2019

Application deadline :- None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadline

Duration :- 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Location:- London

UK/EU students: £28,056 Overseas students: £28,608 Fee status The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the...

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