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City Design and Social Science, M.Sc.

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Overview

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 City Design and Social Science programme from London School of Economics and Political Science 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.

Careers

Graduates from this programme find international career opportunities across the urban design, planning and development fields in the private, public and community sectors – as designers and planners, project managers and consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs. A vibrant alumni network offers guidance and support for current students and recent graduates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    65

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent, or 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

    28608 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28608 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    28608 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28608 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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