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Register to the Executive MSc in Cities and enhance your career prospects in the area of public and private urban practice!

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    18 Months

Applications for September 2018 entry are now open

Emagister adds to its catalogue the Executive MSc in Cities, which is designed for public, private and third sector leaders who want to deliver large-scale change in cities.

Based at LSE Cities, a leading international centre that has informed global urban practice for the last 16 years, we deploy the Centre’s global network of city leaders and the School’s leading urban specialty faculty to put the latest ground-breaking research into business and public action.

The executive programme provides specially-designed interdisciplinary courses focused on applied research and methods, and a modular teaching programme, designed to meet the needs of leading professionals from international, national and metropolitan organisations as well as companies and corporations involved in shaping the urban world.

It delivers an integrated set of executive-level courses that work across complex and connected issues helping you to analyse urban projects and policies from rigorous economic, social and environmental perspectives. You will have the opportunity to interact with highly experienced practitioners from city governments and planning and transport departments, as well as experts from research centres and institutions, development and design professions, urban consultancies and infrastructure providers from the UK and abroad.

If you want to enjoy all these advantages, contact us through so we can give you the most relevant information about this course.



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Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE

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On request

About this course

2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline or equivalent professional qualification, plus, typically, a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in an urban related public/private/third sector, or another sector. English language requirements: Higher.

The Executive MSc in Cities is a transformational programme that provides skills and knowledge to enhance career prospects and expand options in the area of public and private urban practice. To help accomplish this, it incorporates an integrated leadership programme to equip participants with the skills they need to achieve change within their organisations.

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  • Executive
  • Planning
  • Network Training
  • Cities
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning
  • Social cohesion
  • Economics
  • Management Consulting
  • Real Estate
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Public Policy
  • Transportation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Government Administration
  • Government Relations

Course programme

The Executive MSc in Cities comprises six modules. You will attend LSE for five one-week sessions, over a 12-month period.

The programme also includes a compulsory six-month urban consultancy project, to be undertaken in your own organisation or for an external organisation.

Session dates

Week 1 - The Challenge: 24 - 28 September 2018
Week 2 - Analysis: 10 - 14 December 2018
Week 3 - Strategy: 11 - 15 February 2019
Week 4 - Delivery: 1 - 5 April 2019
Week 5 - Taskforce: 3 - 7 June 2019
Consultancy - Six months: Having consulted for an external organisation in Session 5, you will conduct an internal strategic management project within your own organisation or an organisation.

First year

(* denotes a half unit)

Governing Cities in an Urban Age: Challenges and Opportunities*
Provides an intensive exploration of the global urbanisation and the state of cities. The course introduces different stages of urban development in cities and regions across the world. It provides an understanding of the key challenges facing both mature and rapidly developing metropolitan areas.

Cities and Society: Design and Social Cohesion*
Focuses on some of the major drivers of urban inequality and poverty and the key actions that cities are taking to reduce urban inequalities through urban design, infrastructure and policy. This is a heavily applied course providing you with tools to analyse the socio-demographic profile of households and neighbourhoods and their relation to spatial distribution and clustering in cities of the developing and developed world.

Cities and the Economy: Urban Economic Development and Finance*
An applied course looking at how cities position themselves in a competitive global economy and at the roles of city, government and firms in driving local economic development. The course introduces key methodologies to measure and analyse the city economy as well as policies and tools available to attract investment and finance and improve growth and competitiveness. The course uses case-based challenges, futures and foresight techniques to put economic strategies to the test.

Cities and the Environment: Urban Environmental Transitions*
Explores critical aspects of environmental sustainability in relation to both urbanisation globally and urban change in individual cities. The applied components of the course provide relevant tools to measure, analyse and assess environmental impact and develop environmental strategies. The course introduces debates on different green-city paradigms and focuses specifically on approaches to urban climate change mitigation and adaptation. The course further examines implications for urban planning, governance and management.


Urban Infrastructure and Strategic Planning

A workshop-based course providing practical insights on infrastructure development and strategic planning for cities. The course combines a series of lectures with studio-based group work on a case study city. Students are introduced to all key components of urban infrastructure, cutting across transport, energy, water, waste and digital network systems.


Urban Development and Masterplanning
An applied group project based on a major London regeneration site. Groups of no more than six students will be introduced to one of the regeneration sites project teams which will include: local planning officers, developers, planners, designers and financing teams.

Second year

Urban Consultancy Project
A six-month individual consultation undertaken in your own organisation or for an external organisation. Through the consultancy project, you will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first six courses of the programme to craft policy or programme improvements for public or private agencies and non-profit organisations. Through in-depth interviews with the organisation’s leaders as well as the relevant stakeholders, you need to focus on a specific project and offer advice on one or more of its design and implementation phases.

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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.

Teaching methods and assessment

The programme is designed to be suitable for participants in full-time employment so it consists of five modular teaching blocks over 12 months, followed by a six-month consultancy project.

Teaching will be undertaken through a mix of seminars, case challenges, workshops, group work, site visits, presentations and pitches. The modules are assessed by a combination of individual reports, individual and group presentations and the consultancy report.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Additional information

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

When to apply: Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for a scholarship, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme. The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Financial support: Urban Age Scholarships (application deadline March 2018).

Executive MSc in Cities

£ 32,376 VAT inc.