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MA Cities and Global Development

The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world today are in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Studying on this course you'll explore the range of urban development and planning challenges faced by governments and populations in these regions, whilst learning vital analytical and practical tools to address them.  This interdisciplinary course looks at urban problems in global development processes, exploring links between national and local policies as well as the economic, social, institutional and political relationships between the global north and south.

I studied History and Politics as my Undergraduate Degree but the teaching staff and structure of the Cities and Global Development Masters ensured that I did not feel like an outsider. I would highly recommend [this course] to anyone else considering it.

Cheyanna O'Connor

This 12 months course is aimed at those wishing to acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in international development assistance, urban governance, planning and environmental policy in the global South. There's a range of optional modules and core teaching reflecting the latest debates in urban theory and development studies, with a built in international field trip.

The course includes a team-based student consultancy project for an external client, providing the opportunity to undertake ‘live’ consultancy work for a real-world public, private or non-profit organisation in the field of international urban development. Find out more about the project here.

This MA is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) making it unique in the UK by offering both a client-facing project with a professional accreditation.  The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has a bursary for places on this accredited planning course. You can find more information on applying for the bursary here.

Overseas students from developing countries applying for the course may also be eligible to apply for the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust Masters Scholarships.

Course structure

Find out what each semester will bring.

Admissions criteria

All applications are treated individually and on their own merits. 


Our staff have active research links with countries in the global South.

Field Trips

You'll develop your skills through our field trip, applying your knowledge to a development setting.

Graduate Profiles

Find out what some of graduates are doing now

Interview with course leader

Dr Gabriel Silvestre answers those need to know questions.

Dr Tom Goodfellow, one of the tutors on the course, outlines what you can expect on the course: