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MA

Cities and Global Development

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been so important. An accredited MSc from one of the UK’s top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.
Postgraduate Urban Studies and Planning Student, Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez

Course description

The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world are in low and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This course explores the urban development and planning challenges faced by governments and people in these regions and provides you with the analytical and practical tools to address them.

The MA uses cutting-edge theories in both urban and development studies to engage with changes in the global south, including: the globalisation of production and consumption, rapid urbanisation, environmental change, and the spread of new forms of governance.

This course is full-time only.

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Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Modules

Core modules

Autumn semester

  • Theorising the City in the Global South
  • Urban Development in the Global South
  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Methods

Spring semester

  • Urban Design in the Global South
  • International Field Class

Optional modules

Optional modules include a team-based student consultancy project for an external client in the field of international urban development.

There’s also a field class in the global south. In 2018, students visited Chennai in India.

Duration

1 year full-time

I explored a variety of programs in Canada, the US and the UK. Many of which had successful track records in my subject area: urban planning and development studies. This MA ticked both of these boxes. Few programmes were geared towards integrating both of these subjects with the objective of educating urban planners for careers in the developing world.

Kyle Farrell
MA Cities and Global Development

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

We will consider your application if you have a 2.2 degree but we would expect you to have evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

usp-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.