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 MA from one of the UK's top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.

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


About the course

Course description 2017

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute

The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world are in low and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This new 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.

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.

The course is suitable for recent graduates and those with professional experience.

It’s excellent preparation for careers (or further research) in international development, urban governance, planning
and environmental policy focused on the global south.

Town and Regional Planning studentAutumn semester

Core modules:

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

Spring semester

Core modules

  • Urban Design in the Global South
  • International Field Class

Examples of optional modules

  • International Urban Development Consultancy Project
  • Sustainable Development: a critical perspective
  • Managing Cities: the Seoul case study
  • Public Participation
  • Regional Policy and Governance

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent qualification at undergraduate level and/or relevant practical experience.

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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Dr Tom Goodfellow

There has never been a more relevant time to study the relationship between cities and processes of global development. Cities and urban planning are taking centre stage in the new Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN will shortly agree on a new urban agenda for the next 20 years. 2016 will therefore see the start of a new ‘urban age’ in international development policy and practice. Our professionally-accredited course aims to equip students to grasp the career opportunities this offers, from international planning to development consultancy, policy making and NGO work.

Dr Tom Goodfellow

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: usp@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6920