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Urban and Regional Development (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

Graduates of the programme in urban and regional development will have:

Special Features

Course Description

The MSc in Urban and Regional Development provides students with the opportunity to understand socio-economic change in towns, cities, regions and city-regions – issues which are of increasing significance globally across different regions and nations. The focus is on developing knowledge of the key theoretical tools to understand the nature and source of this socio-economic change and its uneven impact on different social groups and different places around the world.

Drawing on leading-edge theoretical debates about uneven spatial development, this programme provides students with the key skills required to shape local and regional development in the worlds of policy and practice. These skills include data analysis and research skills, problem-solving skills through project-based teamwork, and skills in engaging and working across different sectors and organisations, including public, private and third sector organisations. The programme also enables students to focus in more depth on understanding the specific challenges of uneven development at particular spatial scales - from the broader regional and city-regional scale to the more localised community and neighbourhood scale.

The programme also addresses a state-of-the-art public policy agenda to enable students to understand, research and then apply their knowledge and skills to the practical challenge of designing strategies to help cities and regions to become more innovative and resilient places in which to live and work.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts:

Available Modules

The following is a proposed list of modules for the programme in 2013/14. Please note that these may be subject to minor changes.

Core Modules

Option Modules

For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course listing on the School's website.

Skills Acquired